Based on the play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film ‘Moonlight’ already had in impressive team behind it. The ensemble cast includes Naomie Harris (‘Spectre’), André Holland (‘The Knick’), Mahershala Ali (‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’), Edson Jean (‘War Dogs’), R&B singer Janelle Monaé in her film debut and Brad Pitt as Executive Producer.
‘Moonlight,’ set in the 1980’s Miami, follows Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) as he comes of age, falls in love and discovers his own sexuality, all while learning to embrace his own vision of masculinity as characters float in and out of his life via three defining chapters of his life. The film is set to debut at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
Enjoy the trailer below.
Thursday, August 25, Frameline is hosting a free encore screening of the documentary ‘Check It,’ at the historic Piedmont Theatre in Oakland California.
Desperate to survive in a city where being true to who you are can get you killed, a group of black gay and trans teens form a gang in Washington, D.C., to protect one another. Check It, the first documented gang of its kind, is dedicated to keeping black gay and trans youth safe when no one else will. After starting off with just a few people in 2009, the group has grown so large that no one can keep an accurate count of its members. In a country where black bodies are seen as criminal from birth, Check It functions as a radical act of resistance.
This intimate portrayal follows Check It members, using what few resources they have, as they navigate the world—including Tray, a gay teen determined to make sure that other young people don’t have to go through the same hardships he did; Alton, a trans woman who has been taking care of herself and her friends since she fled her home at the age of 14; and Skittles, a talented amateur boxer who refuses to sacrifice his femme aesthetic when he steps into the ring. This crew of teens does their best to defend one another from state, police, and interpersonal violence, determined to be seen as the brilliant beings they are. — Taylor Hodges
Expected to be in attendance is Co-Director Dana Flor and one of the subjects of the doc Tray Warren. All Frameline Encore Screenings are free and open to the public. Enjoy the trailer below.
Thursday, August 25.
Piedmont Theatre, Oakland California
4186 Piedmont Avenue
Now in its 7th year, the Desperado LGBT Film Festival is an event hosted by a PVCC student organization. Like previous years, its art gallery and musical performances are free and open to the public. One such free event will be the screening of director Malcolm Ingram’s documentary ‘Out To Win.’
‘Out To Win’ chronicles the history of LGBT participationin sports, and those individuals careers, lives, and struggles coming out. The film features out athletes Jason Collins, John Amaechi, Wade Davis, Brittany Griner, and Billy Bean.
Desperado LGBT Film Festival. (January 29-31). Phoenix, Arizona.desperadofilmfestival.com
The Thai language coming-of-age drama ‘How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)’ has been playing all the major festivals this year, including Sundance and Frameline, and has been on my 2015 must-see list.
In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the annual military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption, while drawing red results in two years of military service.
On the morning of his draft lottery, Oat reflects back on his childhood — when as a child, his older brother Ek faced the possibility of being drafted himself. Unable to convince Ek to do whatever he can to change his fate, young Oat takes matters into his own hands, resulting in unexpected circumstances.
Based on the short stories “At the Café Lovely” and “Draft Day” from the U.S. bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) is director Josh Kim’s debut feature film.
Enjoy the trailer and check out the list below to see where ‘How To Win At Checkers (Everytime)’ is screening in September.
Polari Film Festival. (September 10 – 13). Austin, Texas. agliff.org
Long Beach Q Film Festival. (September 10 – 13). Long Beach, California. qfilmslongbeach.com
Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. (September 17 – 24). Chicago, Illinois. reelingfilmfestival.org
Fuck Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ or Warner Bros. ‘Batman v Superman’, Tangerine is my must-see summer movie. The trailer itself is so captivating. Regardless of your opinion on marriage equality or the trans-community, the trailer along will silence your thoughts as the characters jump off the screen, just for you to sit back and enjoy the ride. This is the stuff that movies are made of. Tangerine is destined to be a cult classic. Watch the trailer for Magnolia Pictures ‘Tangerine’ below. Enjoy!
If you’re in need of a getaway and still want to enjoy your LGBT film festival fix, Pride of the Ocean is for you. Pride of the Ocean is a film festival cruise traveling through Miami, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Haiti, offering a handful of films either made by or featuring people of color and women.
‘Passage’ Directed by Kareem Mortimer about A group of Haitian refugees are smuggled on a Bahamian fishing vessel from the Bahamas into North America. ‘Signing Funny,’ a feel good documentary by Carlease Burke, which highlights seven years of Laugh-A-Latte, the only stand-up comedy showcase with a sign language interpreter. And the Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson short documentary ‘Kumu Hina,’ which has been making the film festival rounds since last year, about a little boy who grew up to be the woman of his dreams set to the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii.
If you’re unable to schedule a vacation for the March cruise, fear not, for Pride of the Ocean isn’t an annual cruise. Its next scheduled voyage is August 7-14 traveling from Seattle to Alaska. Enjoy the trailer for Kumu Hina below.
Pride of the Ocean. (March 14-21). The Western Caribbean. www.prideoftheocean.com
I’m really excited for three shows premiering this month in the UK from ‘Queer As Folk’ and ‘Dr. Who’ writer Russell T. Davies, ‘Cucumber,’ ‘Banana,’ and ‘Tofu’.
Cucumber, Banana, and Tofu are three interlinked shows. Cucumber and Banana are two original drama series, with Cucumber following 46-year-old Henry and his long-term boyfriend Lance in the aftermath of “the worst date night in history,” and each episode of ‘Banana’ will be a standalone story. Tofu, however, is an eight-part online documentary series about real people of all persuasions telling their own sexy stories.
“It’s 16 years since I created ‘Queer As Folk,’ which means I’ve had 16 years to build up new characters, new stories, and new insights into our lives. Across both series, we explore gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender stories, as well as love beyond labels – this is 50 shades of gay, and beyond!” -Russell T Davies
The good news is Logo TV has optioned Cucumber and Banana to air on American television. Being a huge fan of both UK and American versions of the ‘Queer As Folk’ series’ I honestly can’t wait, especially with the cultural diversity of these new series casts. Something that was hugely missing from the ‘Queer As Folk’ series’. Still, no date has been set for Logo TV’s American TV premiere. Will you be watching? Enjoy the teaser and trailer below.