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New gay programming on Dekkoo

I’ve teamed up with Dekkoo (pronounced “DECK-koo”), the premiere subscription-based streaming service dedicated to gay men with the largest streaming collection of gay-centric entertainment available. I would welcome including more gay programming if you have any suggestions. Let me know your thoughts about this new post, how I can improve it, and if it’s of interest to you.

Below is recently released content on Dekkoo, available for download and viewing with a subscription.

New programming on Dekkoo

Everything I Like ||Todo Lo Que Me Gusto (2019) 8-part romantic comedy series from Argentina: Daniel is straight man renting a room from his friend Mario, a lawyer and drag queen. Things get complicated when Daniel realizes he has feelings for Javier the new cameraman at the dysfunctional production company he works. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 18, 2021.

Scaffolding (2012) From Spain 14 minutes: The film centers on Eduardo a snobby, cranky publicist and his neighbor, David, a shy literature student of literature who live in a building that is under construction. After months of barely greeting each other, construction activity brings them together in a most unexpected way. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 24, 2021.

Nevrland (2019) From Austria, 1 hour 28 minutes: A 17-year-old struggles with an anxiety disorder, that makes life increasingly difficult for him, and develops a virtual friendship with a 26-year-old artist. When they finally meet, an extremely unexpected chain of events occurs. RATING: 5.4 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 25, 2021.

More Than Only (2017) 1 hour 47 minutes: A young gay man finds how to love himself and accept love from another, despite the disapproval of his father. RATING: 6.0 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 2, 2021.

Involuntary Activist (2019) From the U.K., 20 minutes: An openly gay teacher must make a decision when his sister asks him to step back into the closet for her wedding in Turkey. RATING: 6.3 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 3, 2021.

Why Not You (2021) From Austria, 1 hour 47 minutes: Mario, a young dancer living in his small village has to face the loss of his beloved friend Lenz, victim of an attack in a gay club. RATING: 5.3 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 4, 2021.

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Gay Films & Short Movies Coming Out Later This Month
Becoming Leslie (2019) 1 hour 24 minutes, Documentary: Chronicles life on the streets as seen through the eyes of a cross-dressing, homeless man, Leslie Cochran, one of the most beloved yet polarizing cult figures of Austin, Texas. Told with unapologetic humor, Leslie's bizarre meteoric rise to iconic status is starkly contrasted with living life on his own terms in a changing world. RATING: 6.1 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 9, 2021.
Verona (2010) 22 minutes: The story of two young lovers separated by their rival fraternities. RATING: 6.1 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 10, 2021.
Kept Boy (2017) 1 hour 29 minutes: A story of love, greed - and moisturizer. RATING: 5.4 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 11, 2021.
Reel (2013) From Sweden, 13 minutes: It is the last day before Victor has to move to another city with his parents. So he and his best friend Robert do all the things they liked to do together so much: skateboarding, spraying, hanging out. But something is different this time. RATING: 7.3 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 17, 2021.
Ernesto (1979) From Italy, 1 hour 34 minutes: Set in Triest in the year 1911. Ernesto is a priviliged, 17-year old who is passionate about playing the violin. Things go sideways after Ernesto meets the15 year old violin player, Emilio, and the two start an intense friendship.  RATING: 7.0 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 18, 2021.
Such Good People (2014) 1 hour, 37 minutes: A young gay couple discovers a secret room filled with cash while house-sitting for a rich couple who die while out of the country. RATING: 4.7 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 23, 2021
Calamity (2017) 22 minutes: France meets her son's girlfriend for the first time. She loses control. RATING: 7.5 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 24, 2021
Little Miss Westie (2018) 1 hour 15 minutes, Documentary: Chronicles a year in the life of two transgender siblings as they navigate puberty, a local beauty pageant, and transitioning in the Trump era. RATING: 7.7 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 30, 2021
The Big Snore (2020) From Canada, 20 minutes: A light sleeper struggles one night to get some rest amid his man's loud snores. RATING: Not rated on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 31, 2021

Boston’s 2021 Wicked Queer Film Festival begins next month

Boston’s Wicked Queer Film Festival will begin next month, but due to ongoing concerns related to public health and the coronavirus, the program will be hosted on xerb.tv with feature films will running from April 8th – 18th.

This year the Wicked Queer Film Festival will also partner with Emerson College (April 30 to May 2) and The Brattle Theatre (dates TBD) to show films (more details to follow). Below is a partial listing of some of the films you can expect to see at this year’s festival.

See You Then (March 2021) Directed by award-winning director, writer, producer, and editor, Mari Walker.

Cicada (January 2021) is a New York love story that toes the line between narrative and documentary with two actors reliving parts of their own experiences.

Ahead of The Curve (June 2020) Franco Steven launched Curve, the best-selling lesbian magazine ever published, but decades later, in the wake of a disabling injury, Franco learns that Curve will fold. To forge a path forward, she reaches out to queer women working to understand what they need today.

No Ordinary Man (September 2020) is an in-depth look at the life of musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton. Complicated, beautiful and historically unrivaled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honor the legacy of an unlikely hero.

P.S. Burn This Letter Please (April 2020) was the winner of the Audience Award at the 2020 Los Angeles Outfest for a documentary feature.

Saint-Narcisse (September 2020) When a young man who thought his mother was dead discovers that she may still be alive, he goes on a quest to find her. His journey takes him to a remote cabin in the woods where his mother lives in exile with a mysterious young woman.

While I am sure organizers had hoped to bring this year’s Wicked Queer Film Festival to theaters in Boston, the advantage of a virtual festival is that anyone with access to the Internet can join. If you love queer and independent film, consider checking out this year’s Wicked Queer Film Festival.

I’ll share more about this year’s festival as information becomes available. You can also bookmark the festival’s webpage, wickedqueer.org.

2021 Boston Calling music festival canceled

Last week Boston Pride announced that the Parade and Festival scheduled in June would be postponed to a date later this fall. Today, the popular music festival Boston Calling announced it too will be canceling the annual three-day event in Allston at the Harvard Athletic Complex. It had been scheduled for May 28-30, 2021.

Organizers have promised the festival will return Memorial Day weekend in 2022. You can read their full statement as well as information about ticket refunds on their website, bostoncalling.com.

New gay programming on Dekkoo

Last month I shared this poll, soliciting your feedback and ideas on what you would like to see more of on BosGuy.com and an overwhelming number of you indicated that you’d like to see more information about gay entertainment and programming. While there are many websites that follow the entertainment industry, it is remarkably difficult to learn about new and upcoming programming for and about gay men.

I’ve teamed up with Dekkoo (pronounced “DECK-koo”), the premiere subscription-based streaming service dedicated to gay men with the largest streaming collection of gay-centric entertainment available. Let me know your thoughts about this new post, how I can improve it, and if it’s of interest to you.

Below is recently released content on Dekkoo, available for download and viewing with a subscription.

Killing Patient Zero (2019) From Canada, 1 hour 38 minutes: Gaetan Dugas was openly gay. In early 1980s he contracted what was termed “gay cancer”. He provided blood samples and 72 names of his former sex partners. Dugas was demonized for his promiscuity and wrongfully identified as patient zero.
Mass (2020) 11 minutes: Trey is gay and lonely living in New York. Newly diagnosed with HIV, and dealing with his perceived physical inadequacy Trey strives to find the light within the dark.
Nowhere (2020) 1 hour 28 minutes: Adrian and Sebastian live an openly gay life in New York as immigrants. When Sebastian’s visa is rejected, they must decide whether to return to Colombia (where they face rejection and persecution for being gay) or do whatever is necessary to stay in the US.
Moroni for President (2018) 1 hour 22 minutes: Moroni Benally is running for the presidency of the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American nation in the U.S. Young, gay, Mormon, and highly educated, he sets out to confront the political establishment in a homecoming that challenges what he both imagined home, and himself, to be.
Brother/Bror (2019) From Sweden, 14 minutes: Khalid was born in Iran, a country where having feelings for another man can lead to the death penalty. Nico was born in Sweden, a country where it’s openly accepted for a man to have a boyfriend. And yet it’s Nico who keeps holding back when Khalid tries to take their relationship to another level.
Acute Misfortune (2018) From Australia, 1 hour 31 minutes: Adapted from an award-winning biography, this acclaimed drama follows Australian artist Adam Cullen and his real-life biographer Erik Jensen. As the two men grow closer, their professional relationship turns into a personal one and soon spirals into abuse and dependence.
So Far, So Close (2021) new Dekkoo original series 8 episodes: An unfolding story about the worlds we create for ourselves when viewing life through a screen. Created, shot, and edited entirely remotely during the midst of a global pandemic, ‘So Far, So Close’ is a reflection of the world we live in, telling the stories of the barriers we build, the ones we choose, and how we’re all just hoping to connect.

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Upcoming Gay Film & Gay Short Movies

Upstairs Inferno (2015) 1 hour 36 minutes: On June 24, 1973, the gay bar, Up Stairs Lounge, in New Orleans was deliberately set on fire: an event that for over 40 years, was considered the "Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History". RATING: 8 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 9, 2021.
Amateur Dramatics (2019) 7 minutes: Two competing actors find truth in pretending. RATING: None available. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 10, 2021. 
7 Minutes (2020) From France, 1 hour 18 minutes: Jean, a 55 year-old policeman from Toulouse finds his son, Maxime, and his son's boyfriend dead in a hotel room. The autopsy shows he died from an overdose of GHB 7-minutes after his boyfriend. Trying to understand his son and his tragic death leads Jean down a path he never could've anticipated. RATING: 5 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 11, 2021. 
Your Eyes On Me (2020) 1 hour 19 minutes: A romantic encounter changes the life of a drag artist forever.  RATING: 6.6 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 16, 2021.
Dario (2018) From Columbia, 15 minutes: Darío is a 17-year-old boy from Barranquilla, Colombia, who  loves to dance in a carnival dancing group. But he tries to keep it secret because his mother doesn't want him to dance. RATING: 6.6 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 17, 2021. 
Everything I Like ||Todo Lo Que Me Gusto (2019) From Argentina: Daniel is straight man renting a room from his friend Mario, a lawyer and drag queen. Things get complicated when Daniel realizes he has feelings for Javier the new Cameraman at the dysfunctional production company he works at. RATING: None available. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 18, 2021. 
Scaffolding (2017) From Israel, 1 hour 30 minutes: 17-year-old Asher has always been the impulsive troublemaker at school. While his strict father sees him as a natural successor to his scaffolding business, Asher forges a special connection with his literature teacher Rami and begins to see new possibilities for himself. RATING: 6.9 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 24, 2021.
Nevrland (2019) From Austria, 1 hour 28 minutes: A 17-year-old struggles with an anxiety disorder, that makes life increasingly difficult for him, and develops a virtual friendship with a 26-year-old artist. When they finally meet, an extremely unexpected chain of events occurs. RATING: 5.4 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 25, 2021. 

Provincetown Film Society’s Winter Auction

Provincetown

The 23rd Provincetown International Film Festival, hosted by the Provincetown Film Society, will take place June 16 – June 25, 2021. The winter auction which opens later this week uses the money raised to help support the cinemas and continue their year-round programming including the annual Women’s Media Summit, Film Financing Forum, Jamaica on Film Festival, and the LGBTQIA2+ Young Film-Maker Mentorships.

Provincetown Film Society Winter Auction January 29 – February 7, 2021

Click here to check out the items for this year’s online auction

About Provincetown Film Society (PFS): The Society is an advocate for gender, racial, and LGBTQIA+ representation in film, providing year-round programming and platforms that allow voices of all kinds to be heard. PFS’s work postively impacts the cultural and economic vitality of Provincetown, and its work helps shape industry discussions around parity in film.

Saturday morning comics

Song Inkollo is a comic book artist of Chinese descent who is from Nantes, France. He uses his comics to share his stories, and I really enjoy his comic series “Daily Life of a Gay Couple” and recently shared his work. If you like what you see check out his Patreon site.

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Previous episodes from Daily Life of a Gay Couple

Saturday morning comics

Song Inkollo is a comic book artist of Chinese descent who is from Nantes, France. He uses his comics to share his stories, and I really enjoy his comic series “Daily Life of a Gay Couple” and recently shared his work. If you like what you see check out his Patreon site.

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

Previous episodes from Daily Life of a Gay Couple

Saturday morning comics

Song Inkollo is a comic book artist of Chinese descent who is from Nantes, France. He uses his comics to share his stories, and I really enjoy his comic series “Daily Life of a Gay Couple” and recently shared his work. If you like what you see, follow Song Inkollo on Twitter or better yet check out his Patreon site.

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

Previous episodes from Daily Life of a Gay Couple

Saturday morning comics

Song Inkollo is a comic book artist of Chinese descent who is from Nantes, France. He uses his comics to share his stories, and I really enjoy his comic series “Daily Life of a Gay Couple” and recently shared his work. If you like what you see, follow Song Inkollo on Twitter or better yet check out his Patreon site.

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

Previous episodes from Daily Life of a Gay Couple

After Forever

After Forever is a modern drama centered on a gay, middle aged couple. The twist is we quickly learn that Jason, played by Mitchell Anderson, has terminal cancer and is given weeks (maybe months) to live. His partner of 15 years, Brian, played by Kevin Spirtas, has to make peace with Jason’s decision not to commit to chemo and radiation therapy so he can live his final days on his terms.

Friends and family play a key role in supporting Jason through his illness and helping Brian as he copes with his grief. Each episode starts with a grainy video of Jason and Brian together during a happier time before flashing into the present. Watching Brian struggle, learn to live alone and find moments of joy is incredibly touching.

If you’re looking for a gay-themed drama, I would definitely recommend this series. Episodes are very short (approximatey 15 minutes) and pack an emotional punch. After Forever is currently available on Amazon prime.

Do you have a TV series you’ve recently watched and like? Please make your recommendation in the comments section.

Saturday morning comics

Song Inkollo is a comic book artist of Chinese descent who is from Nantes, France. He uses his comics to share his stories, and I really enjoy his comic series “Daily Life of a Gay Couple”. I’ve shared one of these comics below.

If you like what you see, follow Song Inkollo on Twitter or better yet check out his Patreon site.

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

Movie night suggestions

Despite having what seems like an endless selection of movies to choose from on Amazon and Netflix, sometimes it takes us all night to find something to watch.  Below are three gay-thmed movies we’ve recently watched and enjoyed. If you have any movie suggestions, please share them in the comments section.

PRIDE

PRIDE was releasaed in 2014 and is the true story of how in 1984 a rag tag group of  gay activists built a seemingly impossible bridge of friendship with a Welsh coal mining community, who were engaged in a nasty strike with Margaret Thatcher’s government. The unlikely allies have to get over their mistrust of each other but ultimately recognize and bond over how society has marginalized and bullied both communities. Coming together they make news and help each other. Both Sergio and I teared up watching this movie.

Before the Fall

Before the Fall was released in 2017 and is loosely based upon the classic Pride and Prejudice. The acting in this melancholic movie is sometimes uneven but the story about the antagonistic relationship between the gay, affluent and arrogant attorney and the dejected, down-on-his-luck factory welder drew Sergio and me in. The movie which takes place in rural Virginia, features some spectacular views and gets two thumbs up from Sergio and me.

holding the man

Holding the Man is a 2015 Australian romantic drama film adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir of the same name – a book I reviewed back in 2010. The story opens in the mid 1970s in Melbourne where Tim and John fall in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. Their romance endured for 15 years and is an emotional rollercoaster. Just as I said in my book review ten years ago, their story is very touching and it really touched my heart.  Definitely a must see despite the heavy nature and content of the film.

If you have any flim suggestions, share them in the comments section.

Support the arts community with H.4879

cultcha, ahts, ICA, institute of contemporary Art, MFA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, bosartsContact your state rep about h.4879 today

Massachusetts legislature is currently considering an important bill that will help provide relief for the arts and culture sector in Massachusetts, which includes organizations large and small that enrich our life and need your legislators support to provide funding for artists, local museums as well as students to gain access and experiences from our local arts and cultural organizations.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Write or call your legislators at the State House today to voice your support for H.4879, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth.

Use this form to quickly and easily contact your representatives on Beacon Hill

The House expects to pass this bill by midnight, so your representative needs to hear from you ASAP. In most cases, the more sponsors an amendment has, the better its chances are for adoption.

Learn more about H.4879

Best bum contest

The headline may make you think this post is more salacious than it sounds, but I couldn’t help myself and apparently several museum curators cannot either.

Museums from around the globe each Friday take to Twitter to find which institution has on display the “best bum” as part of a weekly online battle between curators. Yorkshire Museum, in York, England, launched the search on social media in late June and the hashtag #BestMuseumBum on Twitter shows just how popular the contest has become. Below is a photo submitted by the Italian Museum The Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan from late June.

There is an absence of Boston area museums participating, and I would like to challenge curators from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum and others to join in on this fun by posting a photo this Friday post on Twitter with the hashtag #BestMuseumBum. Be sure to also tag @YorkshireMuseum.

Wicked Queer Festival will be streamed starting July 24

Boston’s 36th annual Wicked Queer festival, had been scheduled to open in early April, but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus. Fortunately, the organizers were able to reimagine the festival so fans of queer film (no matter where you live) can access and watch this year’s fantastic festival on Xerb TV, from Friday, July 24 – Sunday, August 2.

This year’s festival can be viewed by anyone who loves queer film 

To participate in this year’s festival you can register to watch individual films for $10 or a variety of packages starting at $30.00. This easy-to-follow video shares how to attend this year’s Wicked Queer Film Festival on Xerb TV.

Boston’s Wicked Queer Festival
Friday, July 24 – Sunday, August 2
Xerb TV calendar (includes date & time for each film)

For updates, visit wickedqueer.org.