Urban movies are quite big at the moment, but gay urban movies dealing with queer people of color are far rarer. However there’s Stud Life, which will be screening at the BFI London Lebsian & Gay Film Festival on the 30th & 31st of March. Stud Life is about ‘JJ, the black lesbian stud who looks and acts like an old-fashioned stone butch dyke and her best friend, a promiscuous, sharp-tongued, gay man, Seb, who also helps assist her work as a photographer.’ The trailer is now online, so take a look at it above.
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There’s been a lot of talk about Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic On The Road, with many suggesting it shouldn’t be made into a film, others being wary about the cast, while many have been avidly looking forward to it. Now the first trailer has arrives, so we can get a hint at the tone of the film and it’s rather sepia colour palette. However, its difficult to tell from this whether the movie will retain the strong homoerotic undertones of the book.
#The film follows Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), an aspiring New York writer who meets Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a devastatingly charming ex-con, who’s married to the very liberated and seductive Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Sal and Dean bond instantly. Determined not to get locked in to a constricted life, the two friends cut their ties and take to the road with Marylou. Thirsting for liberty, the three young people head off in search of the world, of other encounters, and of themselves. It’s currently due out on the UK on September 21st.
Set to premiere next month as SxSW in Austin, Texas and based on Jonathan Lisecki’s 2010 Slamdance award-winning short, Gayby is about Jenn and Matt, best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer’s block and can’t get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together… the old fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? Gayby is an irreverent comedy about friendship growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you choose. There’s no release set as yet.
Chris Colfer made a huge splash playing the camp and loveable Kurt on Glee, and now despite only being 21, he’s showing off a whole new talent by not only starring in Struck By Lightning, but writing the script too. Christina Hendricks and Dermot Mulroney also star in the indie flick, which sees Colfer as a young man who, after being struck and killed by lightning, recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.
Winner of the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival 2011 and officially selected for 55th BFI London Film Festival, Oliver Hermanus’ provocative Beauty is due to be released in UK by Peccadillo Pictures on 20th April, but to prepare us, the trailer has now dropped.
Peccadillo Pictures has a great eye for picking out the best in LGBT interest movies from around the world and bringing them to the UK. On April 6th they’ll be releasing North Sea Texas in British cinemas, and now they’ve released a rather intriguing trailer for it.
Here’s the official synopsis: ‘Pim lives in a small town on the Belgian coast, together with his single mother Yvette, a local accordion starlet. It’s an ordinary existence which Pim brightens up by dreaming of princesses, beauty queens and handsome Gino, the boy next door. But when hunky traveller Zoltan blows through town, Pim’s life takes an exciting and unexpected turn.
‘North Sea Texas is the feature film debut from cult director Bavo Defurne, whose short films, love letters to the male form and soaked with lush visuals, have garnered fans from across the globe – drawing comparisons to Pierre et Gilles, Herbert List, Dreyer and Eisenstein.’
After The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment had a brief time to shine with the likes of Pay It Forward and AI, but since then we haven’t heard much from him (other than a drink driving arrest a few years ago). He has been working fairly consistently in voice roles though, such as for Family Guy, The Jungle Book 2 and the Kingdom Hearts videogame series, and getting an education, but he certainly dropped out of the limelight.
However now the 23-year-old is back and playing gay in the indie movie Sassy Pants. The almost unrecognisable actor is playing Chip, the boy-toy boyfriend of the protagonist’s father. So if you ever fancied seeing Haley look rather camp and wearing Daisy Dukes (and if you did there’s something wrong with you, watch the trailer below.
Official Synopsis: Bethany Pruitt (Ashley Rickards) is valedictorian of her class – her one student homeschool class. Stuck with younger brother SHAYNE (Martin Spanjers) under their perky but oppressive mother JUNE’s (Anna Gunn) thumb, Bethany’s only escape is a teen fashion ‘zine courtesy of her absentee gay dad. She covets each edition, covertly restyling taboo fashions in her treasured scrapbook.
Bethany reluctantly succumbs to her mom’s post graduation mandate to get an accounting degree from an online university, but when she sneaks out with handsome neighbor HECTOR (Rene Rosado), Mom freaks out and retaliates by destroying her beloved scrapbook. Finally broken, Bethany catches the nearest Greyhound to her dad’s.
Life at dad DALE’s (Diedrich Bader) mobile home is no picnic either. Despite the close bond she forms with his fun, younger boyfriend, CHIP (Haley Joel Osmont), Dad’s self-loathing, alcoholic outbursts weigh heavy on Bethany. She finds solace selling clothes at a cheap, trendy retail chain, Jail Bait, but her petty, cutthroat coworkers cause a new set of “real world” navigation problems. When Bethany learns about Fashion Art Technology Institute, aka F.A.T.I., she sees a chance to break free once and for all and forge her own brighter future. How she gets there will redefine her and her family and maybe even update her wardrobe.
With REM calling it a day, Michael Stipe’s got time for other pursuits. One pastime he’s dabbled in before is being a film producer (on the likes of Being John Malkovich, Man On The Moon and Saved!) and now he’s doing it again, serving as the executive producer on Korean-American director Andrew Ahn’s gay short film, Dol.
It’s a very personal short, which the director used to tell his own family – who starred in his movie – that he was gay. Ahn says: “I made this film to come out to my parents. I knew I wouldn’t be able to tell them, to say the words ‘I’m gay’.
“So I cast my family in the film, but never told them that it was about a gay Korean-American man. The filmmaking process both distracted from and prepared me for the inevitable – that I would eventually have to show my parents the finished film.”
In the film, Nick is a gay Korean-American man living in Los Angeles’ Korean area with his partner. When Nick attends his nephew’s dol, a traditional Korean first birthday party, he finds himself longing for a life out of reach to him.
The film will debut at Sundance in a few weeks time, but we’ve embedded a short clip above.
(Source: Electric Banana)