Tag Archives: Gay Cinema

FILM. ‘LIfe Event’ Is Issa Rae Presents #ShortFilmSundays Pick.

Issa Rae and her production company Issa Rae Presents is paying it forward by showcasing a new short by a new creator, the last Sunday of every Month with #ShortFilmSundays. June saw the R. Michael Thomas written and directed short film ‘Life Event’ showcased.’

‘Life Event’ Murph (Patrick Cage II) is turning 30 and is realizing that being a real adult is harder than it looks. He decides to turn the day, and his life around, in one fell swoop. ‘Life Event’ analyzes growing older, relationships, maturity and no longer giving a fuck. Written and Directed by R. Michael Thomas.

You can submit your film to submit@issarae.com. Watch ‘Life Event’ below. Enjoy!

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FILM. Executive Producer Brad Pitt + Janelle Monaé Stars In ‘Moonlight’.

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.

FILM. Free Encore Screening Of ‘Check It’ Documentary.

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, thCheck_Ite 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

TV. Black LGBT Films Streaming On Netflix Now.

The writer at Aazah.com has composed a list for an article titled “7 Black Gay and Lesbian Films Netflix Right Now.” Additionally, summing up one of the key reasons I started Color.TV.

“We all know trying to find a good lgbt themed movie on Netflix is a hard thing to do anyway, trying to find a good one that also features AT LEAST more than one black character is a stretch and an entire black cast is like looking for a needle in a gay stack.”

For this reason I know there are others like me, and because there are, I continue to share my love of LGBT film. Check out the list at aazah.com/articles/7-black-gay-and-lesbian-films-netflix-right-now#.VQEdEfnF-Sp

Enjoy!

FILM. Frameline Film Fest Announces Its Completion Fund Award Winners.  

The Frameline Film Festival announced on January 29, 2015 the recipients of its annual Frameline Completion Fund grants. The 2014 funding cycle awarded $25,000 in grants to six independent film projects. This year also marked the first time Frameline has extended a grant for a webseries, ‘Dyke Central’.

“It is an honor for our organization to support yet another brilliant group of artists — veteran filmmakers as well as fresh new voices — during this funding cycle. We are especially pleased that this year’s Completion grants support films by and about those who are underrepresented in media: women, people of color, and gender nonconforming individuals.” -Des Buford (Frameline’s Director of Exhibition and PrograFrameline Completion Fundmming).

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‘From This Day Forward’ (Documentary Feature). Director: Sharon Shattuck / USA.

When filmmaker Sharon Shattuck’s artist dad came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. The changes to Trisha’s appearance were difficult for her straight-identified physician wife to accept, but they stayed together. As the Shattuck’s regroup in 2013 to plan Sharon’s wedding, the filmmaker asks her parents, who are now going on 33 years of marriage, for advice. From This Day Forward is a conversation about love in a very modern family.

Untitled Transgender Youth Documentary’ (Documentary Feature). Director: Eric Juhola / USA

A Colorado family is thrust into the international media spotlight when they decide to fight for the rights of their 6 year-old transgender daughter. The film asks the universal question that every parent can relate to: “How far would you be willing to go to win equal rights for your child, and how far is too far?”

‘Blue ID’ (Documentary Feature). Directors: Burcu Melekoglu & Vuslat Karan / Turkey.

A transgender man struggles with self-realization and acceptance in traditional society of Turkey. Constrained by identification cards color-coded for gender, will he finally be considered for a Blue ID?

‘The Royal Road’ (Documentary Feature). Director: Jenni Olson / USA.

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, butch identity and Hitchcock’s Vertigo, against a contemplative backdrop of California urban landscapes.

‘How To Win At Checkers (Every Time)’ (Narrative Feature). Director: Josh Kim / Thailand, Indonesia, USA.

In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption. Drawing a red card results in two years of military service. When his older brother Ek faces this possibility of being drafted, 11-year old Oat must grow up and learn to take care of himself

‘Dyke Central’ (Webseries). Director: Florencia Manovil / USA.

Oakland-based dramedy webseries Dyke Central centers on 30-something butch roommates Alex and Gin. Surrounded by a diverse group of friends who guide, challenge and support them, Alex and Gin struggle to adapt to change and create balance in their lives without losing themselves.

FILM. Pride Of The Ocean Film Festival.

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

FILM. February LBGT Film Festivals.

Reel It Out LGBT Film Festival. (February 3-7). Hampton Roads, Virginia. reelitout.org

CineKink NYC. (February 25 – March 1). New York City, New York. cinekink.com

OUTsider Film & Arts Festival. (February 18-23). Austin, Texas. outsiderfest.org