Beautiful By Night – Older drag performers in San Francisco take centre-stage in the short documentary

beautiful-by-night-slideA few years ago a growing squeamishness about camp amongst some gay men was threatening to kill off drag. However thanks to the likes of RuPaul’s Drag Race and performers who take drag seriously and show why it should still have a place in gay culture, it’s now in fairly good health.

James Hosking’s Beautiful By Night is a 30-minute documentary focussing on following three older drag entertainers at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. It’s an intimate look at Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande, and Donna Personna.

Starting out with how they transform themselves from middle-aged men into lip-syncing divas, it then follows them to Aunt Charlie’s for their evening performance. It’s a great look at people who are still holding to the drag ideas of the past, before the sharp and rather arch performers of today took over. It’s a perhaps more ramshackle style but it has warmth.

Watch the documentary below. [Read more...]

Grind Short Film – Gay hookup apps get their own mini-movie musical starring Anthony Rapp

grind-short-filmBack in January we posted the trailer for Grind, which at the time was looking for crowdfunded completion funding. It succeeded in getting the money it needed and is now available for us all to watch.

It’s certainly an unusual film -  a 35-minute film musical themed around how gay hookups apps have altered how we see the world, and whether we really know who we’re talking to via our smartphones – but it’s a good one. The cast includes Anthony Rapp, who’s probably best known for the stage and film version of Rent (although to many he will always be Tony in Dazed and Confused). Grimm star Claire Coffee also stars, as does the very good looking Pasha Pellosie.

The film has already won several awards and screened at numerous film festivals around the world. However if you haven’t managed to catch it at one of its cinema screenings, you can watch it below. There are moment when it’s a bit over the top, but overall it’s more than worth half an hour of your time. [Read more...]

Queerpocalypse Comedy Short – What happens after the end for two queer friends?

queerpocalyse-second-cityThere have been plenty jokes made about men and women having to deal with what to do after the apocalypse, with the future of the human race resting on their shoulders. However there’s no guarantee that if there were only two people left it would be even share the same sexuality.

With their funny new video, the Second City Network looks at the effects of the Queerpocalypse, when ‘the human race is extinct except for a couple of queers.’

What are they going to do? And is it going to be the end of humankind?

Second City is of course the famed improvisational comedy troupe that started in Chicago and spawned the likes of Harold Ramis, Alan Arkin, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Jane Lynch, Mike Myers and Steve Carell. [Read more...]

United Queendom Web Series Arrives – Take a look at Scottish independence turned into a gay rom com

united-queendom-ep1Last week we posted the trailers for the fun-looking gay-themed web series United Queedom, which reimagines the debate over Scottish Independence as a romantic comedy between two guys who have to decide whether to split up.

Now the four episodes of the show have arrived, which you can watch below.

Bob Denham came up with the show, which stars Damien Hughes as Scott and Daniel Page as Adrian, who bicker and squabble over all sorts of things, all of which take a metaphorical look at the issues voters have to decide on in the Scottish Independence poll in a couple of weeks time.

And just to make sure it’s like the real thing (sort of) at the end viewers are invited to vote on whether Scott and Adrian should indeed split up.

It’s a lot of fun, so take a look at the episodes in the playlist below. [Read more...]

Barba Rija Episodes 2 & 3 – More from the Portuguese gay bear web series

barba-rija-ep3A couple of weeks ago we brought you the first episode of the Portuguese gay bear web series Barba Rija (Rough Beard). Since then two more episodes have been released, so if you want to catch up on what’s been going on with the guys, you can find out below.

In total the first season of Barba Rija will be seven episodes, so expect more to come, with new episodes being released each week.

Here’s the synopsis: ”Barba Rija (Rough Beard) is the first Portuguese gay short + webseries about bears made for the internet. It follows the lives of three gay friends who are bears but have a soft heart. António, Pedro and Ursão (Big Bear) live in Lisbon. They work, go out at night and get in romantic adventures. Pedro ended up with his boyfriend and is the group´s lovebird. António is the most rational of the three and has a secret passion. Finally, Big Bear is the strongest, but also the sweetest, who will be surprised with a change in his life. It might look like a soap opera but it´s comedy at its best. The three are the symbol of fellowship, of various types of masculinity, affections, concerns and expectations that belong to all human beings. André Murraças, the author (writer and director), is a published author who writes also for theatre and TV and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy.’ [Read more...]

United Queendom Trailers – Scottish Independence becomes a gay rom-com in a new web series

united-queendom-trailerIn just under three weeks time the people of Scotland go to the polls to decide whether they want to become an independent country. It’s certainly causing a lot of interest in the UK, even if many other countries aren’t entirely sure what all the fuss is about and why Scotland would want to hive off from the the lands to its south.

So what better way to explain it that by recasting the debate as a gay rom-com?

That’s what Bob Denham has done with the four-part web series United Queendom, which follow Damien Hughes’ Scott and Daniel Page’s Adrian, who bicker and talk about whether they should split up and if they do, how they should deal with such vital issues as the profits from Scott’s bath oils business (mirroring the issue of what to do with money from North Sea oil).

Page commented to Pinknews, “Politics should be poked fun at. I think it is actually a way of people engaging, and in a way understand[ing] what is going on.”

Take a look at the trailer and five teasers below, with the four-part series due to start properly soon. [Read more...]

Barrio Boy Trailer – Into Brooklyn with the Iris Prize nominated gay short film

barrio-boy-slideWe’ve already had a look at a couple of the films nominated for this year’s Iris Prize, the world’s largest international gay and lesbian short film prize which takes place in Cardiff, Wales in October.

Now we’ve got another, Barrio Boy, which you can take a brief look at below.

Here’s the synopsis for Dennis Shinner’s short: ‘Haircuts, hip-hop and homo-sex on the down-low… A Latino barber secretly falls in love with a handsome Irish stranger over the course of a haircut during a hot and sweaty summer afternoon in a macho Brooklyn hood.’

You can take a look at list of films that are due to compete in the Iris Prize, as well as the trailers for I Am Syd Stone and The Phallometer by clicking on the links. [Read more...]

Broke Straight Boys TV – Porn Star Paul Canon Reveals Porn Career to Family

paul-canon-broke-straight-boysBack at the end of June we brought you the trailer for Broke Straight Boys TV, a new reality show that promised to take us into the world of the young men you sign up to the porn site, which is unsurprisingly called Broke Straight Boys, where straight guys (although some people doubt they’re as straight as they say) agree to have sex with one another as long as they get paid.

While the trailer made it look like it’d mainly be about the men running around the BSB house, working out and generally being hunky, the first episode it actually something different and a little bit more interesting.

It’s essentially a video diary of porn star Paul Canon who, rather than suggesting the world of porn is just sex and fun, takes us to meet his family, who understandably have mixed feeling about the job he’s taken up. Canon also doesn’t shy away from the fact he once overdosed of drugs. He also says he’s bisexual, which will please those who always thought BSB wasn’t quite a straight as it might have suggest. It’s an unexpectedly frank video, and it’ll be interesting to see whether this is the direction Broke Straight Boys plans to take with their reality show in the future. [Read more...]

My Gay Roommate – Season 3, Ep 6: Coital Logistics – The gay web series has bedroom issues

my-gay-roommate-s3-ep6My Gay Roommate is great fun, with this latest season following Nick (Noam Ash) and his new roomie, Ed. However that’s not all, as the slightly surreal show has also had a cowboy coming out and getting into bed with our plucky hero.

However not everything is perfect with the lovers, as we see in the latest episode, Coital Logistics. And to sort it out they call on insanely hot porn star Levi Michaels.

Noam Ash told Huffpo, “In this episode Nick and the Cowboy are having some incompatibilities in the bedroom. Convinced he has the answers, Ed prepares a lecture on proper intimacy techniques and male coital logistics aided by none other than Levi Michaels himself, who reveals the science behind being a superstar power bottom and bestows his sexy Rounderbum undies on Nick. But things don’t go as planned, and the roommates find themselves tied and gagged as one of the characters gives the boys a final talking to.”

Take a look at the new episode below, and you can catch up on the rest of Season 3 by clicking here. [Read more...]

Where The Bears Are: Season 3, Ep. 3 – A new episode arrives as the gay-themed show celebrates 10 million views

where-the-bears-are-s3-ep3The new season of Where The Bears are is now in full swing with Episode 3 debuting. You can watch below and if you new to catch up on eps. 1 & 2 on Season 3 you can find them here and here.

The latest episode comes as the gay-themed web series passes a big milestone, with the show notching up 10 millions views.

Here’s the season 3 synopsis: ‘From the creative team of Rick Copp (The Golden Girls, The Brady Bunch Movie) Joe Dietl (The Thin Pink Line) and Ben Zook (Jack and Jill) comes “Where the Bears Are” a comedy mystery web series that recently won Afterelton.com’s “BEST GAY WEB SERIES.” The show has a world-wide fan base and the creators/stars have been flown to Europe and Australia due to the show’s immense popularity!

‘Season 3 follows the exploits of three gay bear roommates living together in Los Angeles, as they attempt to solve a string of murders involving young porn studio models. The season consists of 22 seven-minute episodes, with new episodes posted every Monday and Thursday. Season 3 is a romp through L.A.’s trendy neighborhood of Silver Lake, and eventually reaches its climax in the first-class cabin of a jumbo jet!’

New episodes of Season 3 are released every Monday and Thursday and you can watch them along with Seasons 1 & 2 over at http://wherethebearsare.tv. [Read more...]