Barba Rija (Rough Beard) Episode 1 – Watch the first ep. of the Portuguese gay bear web series

Barba-Rija-slide2A few weeks ago we brought you the trailer for the new Portuguese web series, Barba Rija (Rough Beard), which gives the country’s hairy gay bears a chance to shine.

Now the first full episode has debuted, which you can watch below.

The plan now is that a new episode will be posted each week, with seven in total for the first season.

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.’

Take a look at the first episode of Barba Rija below. [Read more...]

I Am Syd Stone Trailer – Take a look at the the Iris Prize nominated gay-themed short film

i-am-syd-stone-poster-slideA couple of days ago we brought you the list of the films that are lining up to compete 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.

One of the films in competition is the Canadian short, I Am Syd Stone, so it seemed like a great opportunity to take a look at the film’s trailer. You can watch that below, as well as take a look at the great poster.

Here’s the brief synopsis: ‘A Hollywood heartthrob returns home for his ten-year high school reunion with the intention of rekindling a closeted relationship.’

In his director’s statement on the film’s website, helmer Denis Theriault comments, “In the film, Syd is at a point in his life where he’s achieved all he’s ever dreamed of. At 27 years old he has hit his peak. That’s a dangerous position to be in. How does one react to that? We always set goals and tell ourselves that when they’re achieved, our lives will be better for it. Oftentimes, that’s not the case. We get to that milestone or goal and we’re still left feeling empty. That’s where we find ourselves at the beginning of the film. Syd’s achieved this success, but has no one with whom to share it.

“I’m also incredibly fascinated by the public personas put on by celebrities. They’re never truly themselves other than when they’re alone or with loved ones (I guess, in a sense, we’re all actors).

“Ultimately, this film is a catharsis for me. The person I was, even 5 years ago, would never have believed that he would be tackling a gay subject in film, especially in such a personal way. I now am an out-and-proud man. All of the people I was afraid of telling either know or don’t care enough to ask. All they’re concerned with is if I’m talented, that’s it. As it often happens in life, we make bigger deals of situations than we really need to. But in that moment, it doesn’t matter. We feel like the whole world will come down on us.”

Take a look at the trailer and poster below. [Read more...]

Would Gay Porn Be Better Without All That Sex? One Studio Gives It A Try

bellboyIf there’s one thing that’s annoying about porn, it’s all the sex. Just as you’re getting involved with the complex characters, being impressed by the Oscar-calibre acting, and you’re sat on the edge of your seat wondering whether that plumber really does have a big enough plunger to do the job, they interrupt things with people shagging!

Well, Brititsh gay porn studio Eurocreme seems to agree, as while tradition dictates they release versions of their movies filled with hardcore sex, they’ve also decided to chop out all that penile nonsense and release them as short films on Youtube. And because it’s Youtube, we’re talking pretty tame on the sexual front.

It’s a seemingly odd idea, especially as it essentially chops an 80 minute film down to 20 and removes everything that you’d normally think people watch porn for. However Eurocreme’s hope is that by bringing in mainstream director Blacky Mendez for many of the latest films in their Dreamboy range, they’ll be able to make a different, higher-calibre kind of movie.

While not 100% successful, it’s nice to see that genuine effort has been put in to telling stories with a beginning, middle and end, with some sort of emotional throughline to go in amongst the sex (and to be honest, they’re better than quite a few of the mainstream gay-themed short films produced each year). Bellboy in particular works surprisingly well as a short film in its own right, telling the story of a young man feeling disillusioned with gay life after his boyfriend cheats on him.

Yes, they have to contrive reasons for people to start having sex every five minutes (and on Youtube it really is just the very beginning), but there’s genuine character development and a real interest in exploring the temptations and frustrations of modern gay life. And there certainly aren’t many porn movies where the central theme is someone’s desire for fidelity.

Even so, you’ve got to think that if you had the full version, a lot of people would just fast-forward through everything that’s included in the Youtube editions.

You can take a look at three of the films below – Cottageboy, Bellboy and Choirboy (in case you hadn’t guessed, most Dreamboy movies end with the word ‘boy’) – in their pretty much sex-free form and you can see what you think of hardcore porn movies turned into penis-free, gay-themed short films. [Read more...]

Where The Bears Are: Season 3, Ep 1 – The hairy boys are back for a new adventure

where-the-bears-are-s3-ep1In the last couple of years the web series Where The Bear Are has gained a lot of fans who appreciate the show’s appreciation of the type of men who normally get pushed to one side in our young, skinny, twink-obsessed world.

Now it returns with the first episode of Season 3, which once more showcases the larger, more hirsute gentlemen from the offset – and the ep. also has the added treat of a guest appearance from Drew Droege.

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 neighbourhood of Silver Lake, and eventually reaches its climax in the first-class cabin of a jumbo jet!

Take a look at the new episode below. [Read more...]

Til Lease Do Us Part Web Series – Lesbian exes try to deal with becoming just roommates

til-lease-do-us-partI known a few couples who’ve split up and decided to keep living together, or who have moved back in with one another later ‘just as friends’ – and to be honest most of the time it causes more problems than it’s worth.

A similar situation arises in the new lesbian-themed web series, Til Lease Do Us Part, which has been released via the extremely popular The Gay Women Channel on Youtube. The first four episodes on online now, with two more due on the next two Wednesdays.

Til Lease Do Us Part  follows two roommates who are trying to get back into the dating world with one problem: they’re exes. Take a look at the first four episodes and a look behind-the-scenes below. [Read more...]

Coffee Talk Web Series – Gay college friends deal with the world of being LGBT

coffee-talk-web-seriesAnother gay-themed web series has come to our attention and it’s one you might want to catch up with. Each episode is fairly short, but filled with humour and witty looks at gay life.

So far six episodes have been made, but only four are online, as the latest two, ‘Sugar Daddy’ and ‘Gay Marriage’ are being submitted to film festivals, with the hope they can gain a bit of recognition and a wider audience there. Hopefully they’ll be released online soon.

However you can take a look at the first four eps below.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Coffee Talk is about gay college friends confronting hot-button issues over a cup of coffee: tattoos, gays in sports, feminine men, gay dads, sugar daddies, gay marriage… When emotions emerge and personal secrets are revealed, the discussion quickly goes in an unexpected direction, ending in a funny gag. The web series seeks to develop awareness about gay topics in an entertaining way, and is subtitled in major languages. Enjoy watching the videos right here on!’ [Read more...]

Youthful Daze Web Series Character Gets Enveloped In A Gay Love Triangle

youthful-daze-pretty-little-liarsThings move fast in the world of the web series Youthful Daze, it’s only just over a month ago that one of the lead characters, Drew, came out as gay – and he’s already involved in a love triangle.

As the press release says, ‘Shortly after revealing that protagonist Drew (Bryan James) is gay, award winning hit soap Youthful Daze is now introducing a gay love triangle. Drew and Tommy (Ethan Daniel Corbett) may have just come out of the closet to the students of Westfield Prep, but there is already trouble in paradise. Sexual tension has been brewing between Drew and Oliver (Easton Schirra), and this week they give in to temptation in a parking garage rendezvous. Drew insists he’s with Tommy, but his actions might tell a different story.’

New episodes of Season Two of Youthful Daze are currently being released Sunday nights on Production on Season Three is underway and is set to premiere on August 31st.

Take a look at the love triangle episode below. [Read more...]

Camp Abercorn Web Series Trailer – Highlighting the US Scouts’ ban on gay leaders

camp-abercornA new web series is on the horizon, Camp Abercorn, which has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund its planned seven episodes. And to give us a taste we can take a look at the trailer posted below.

The show, created by Jeffrey Simon, includes a look at the issues surrounding the Boy Scouts Of America’s ban on gay leaders. It’s a subject that’s close to home for Simon, as he was an Eagle Scout until he came out when he was 19 and left.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Camp Abercorn is a dramatic web series about the blunders and the victories—an authentic portrayal of life on camp staff. For ten weeks each summer Camp Abercorn becomes a bustling wonderland of activity for boys, guided by their fearless leaders—the camp staff.

To tell our stories we’ve created the Compass Guides of America, a fictional organization that parallels the Boy Scouts of America, an organization that we regard with the utmost respect and appreciation because we were Scouts, too.’

On its IndieGoGo page, the makers says the mission is: ‘With the BSA’s recent change in membership policy, youth members are no longer excluded based on sexual orientation, but parents and adult volunteers are still discriminated against. This chasm has created a question that needs to be answered.

‘What happens when a gay Scout turns eighteen? You can help us answer this question, and maybe even change the future. While this is a big inspiration for the show, it’s not the only story we’re telling, not by a long shot.’

I should end this by saying that I have a friend who works for the Scouts in the UK, and he’s always keen to point out that while there’s still discrimination in the US Scouts, there are no such issues in Britain, where LGBT Scouts and leaders are more than welcome (apparently they get quite a few calls and letters from people who hear about the situation in the US and assume Scouts is the same all across the world).

Take a look at the Camp Abercorn trailer below and head over to IndieGoGo if you want to help out.

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Mike Buonaiuto’s #Credence Short Film Wants To Challenge LGBT Portrayals In Sci-fi & It Needs Your Help

credence-short-filmFilmmaker Mike Buonaiuto has had huge success with gay-themed viral vids, such as the gay marriage themed Homecoming, as well as #LoveAlwaysWins that challenged the anti-gay policies in Russia, and Invisible Parents, which was made to raise awareness of the inequalities facing gay parents throughout the EU. He’s also shown his interest in sci-fi with things such as the short film, Adam: Next Generation Robotics.

Now he’s hoping to challenge the way gay people are dealt with in sci-fi with the short film #Credence and he’s turned to IndieGoGo to raise the £6,000 he needs to get it made and onto the big screen. The hope is rather than dealing with gay themes allegorically – which sci-fi often does when it touches on LGBT things at all – it will tackle it head on with a story of a gay family dealing with the end of the world as we know it.

You can watch the beautiful looking trailer for the film and a behind-scenes-featurette below.

The film, ‘tells the story of a family torn apart during the last evacuation on earth after violent storms have made survival impossible. Hope has been found in the form of new worlds that support human life, however due to limited rocket capacity and life expectancy only children are permitted to evacuate, and even then – only the rich have ended up getting tickets. Our short film follows 2 fathers’ decision to make the ultimate sacrifice to give up all their possessions to ensure the survival of their daughter, and the entire human race.’

As always, there are plenty of perks for those who help with the funding, so head over to IndieGoGo to find out more. [Read more...]

Barba Rija (Rough Beard) Web Series Trailer – Portguese gay bears are getting their own show

barba-rijas-rough-beard-slideAugust is going to be a good months for lovers of big hairy gay men. As we reported a few days ago, Season 3 of the popular Where The Bears Are is due to start, and now Portugal is getting in on the action with its first gay bear web series, Barba Rija (Rough Beard).

You can watch the trailer for the show below.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘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.

‘It was originally thought as a 13 episodes project for which we managed a good amount on advertising (bars, clubs, brands), but not enough for the whole series. So we decided to take a step back and do one episode through crowdfunding. The crowdfunding was a success, we got even more money than expected and we were able to do 7 episodes of 5 minutes approx.

You can follow the show when it starts in August on its Youtube channel. [Read more...]