According to the film’s official synopsis, “A young woman plans to propose marriage to her girlfriend while attending her family’s annual holiday party. At the party, she realizes her girlfriend hasn’t come out to her conservative parents yet.”
The TV movie, which stars Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Victor Garber, and Mary Steenburgen, debuts exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu on November 25th.
Tegan and Sara’s euphoric, upbeat synthpop track sounds like a perfect fit for a queer holiday rom-com.
You’re the only girl I’ve got on my list I’ll write your name, I know it’s foolish But I chase the feeling ‘cus you keep me dreaming That I could make you mine this season
“For all types of families, music matters more during the holidays than any other time of year,” says soundtrack producer Justin Tranter. “To be given the honor to help create a holiday soundtrack that everyone can enjoy but celebrates LGBTQ talent is an actual dream come true for me! There are LGBTQ artists and/or songwriters on every original song.”
Check out the official trailer for Giant Little Ones, a heartfelt coming-of-age film about high school friendships, self-discovery, and sexual awakening.
The movie, directed by Keith Behrman, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, and just released the official trailer.
The official synopsis for the film reads:
“Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls. They live a perfect teenage life – until the night of Franky’s epic 17th birthday party, when Franky and Ballas are involved in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever.”
Apparently, Ballas is the experienced pro at sex with his girlfriend, while Franky hasn’t made the leap into sexual intimacy with his girlfriend.
The ‘incident,’ as you might guess, is a drunken, late night sexual encounter in Franky’s bed. When the morning comes, Ballas freaks out and makes a hurried exit.
Soon, the school is buzzing with rumors that Franky may be gay (thanks to Ballas), and Franky (still a virgin) finds himself questioning his own sexuality before he can even figure out who he is.
His soul-searching leads him to finally cope with a personal, family issue he’s never resolved: his father (Kyle MacLachlan) leaving his mother (Maria Bello) to go live with a male partner.
While it’s not clear how much time has passed since the breakup, Franky is fairly estranged from his dad. The situation presents an unusual dynamic for a teen trying to understand his burgeoning sexuality.
Also, without his best friend Ballas to lean on in a difficult time, he finds solace with Ballas’ sister, Natasha, who is also a social outcast. The two renew their childhood friendship, but is the attraction their co-outcast status? Or is Franky trying to parse feelings for Ballas?
Darren Mann as Ballas in ‘Giant Little Ones’
Along the way, there’s also a transgender friend and a gay teammate on the swim team, so there’s much for Franky to accept or resent. And that includes possibly some internal homophobia over the idea he might be gay.
The fresh take here is that Behrman isn’t focused on our teen hero coming out, but exploring how lies can shift public perception, and how homophobia can rewrite a teen’s life.
The Hollywood Reporter praised the film calling Giant Little Ones “a confidently shot and beautifully acted story that manages to transcend quite a few — if clearly not all — of the coming-of-age genre’s cliches by delving into how the Millennial generation experiences sexuality, ostracism and growing up and how they try to relate to their parents and peers.”
The Film Stage called the movie “Flawless… adolescence with an authenticity rarely seen.”
And Seventh Row raved, “One of the most warm, thoughtful, and patient explorations of teen sexuality that the coming-of-age genre has to offer.”
Giant Little Ones is set to open in New York City on March 1, then in Los Angeles and select cities across the U.S. on March 8.
Check out this sweet short film, Straight A, from actor/writer Todd Lien.
Lien wrote, produced and starred in the short as his thesis film for the New York Film Academy’s MFA program.
The handsome actor says the movie is based on the true story of his own coming out to his father.
In the eight minute movie, Lien plays a version of himself struggling to maintain a long-term relationship with his boyfriend Kyle (Zach Cramblit) while keeping up the image of the perfect son to his father (Nathan Chen).
In the film, it appears being an over-achiever who gets straight A’s in school and is elected president of the student body isn’t enough for the father.
Or is it?
Todd shares this note on the YouTube page:
I am grateful for the supporting father I have, but I want to be clear that I know this is not how many people’s experiences are like. I just want to share some happy ending story like mine out there for more positivity and hope! The message is that sometimes we need to give our parents a little more credit for acceptance. Hope this video does that for as many people out there as possible!
Lien’s film credits include The Choice (2017), Alpha Delta Zatan (2017) and the TV miniseries Bob’s New Roommates (2017).
But wait – there’s more!
He’s also a part of the Asian Magic Mike troupe! Whoo-hoo!
The hottie is not only talented but way photogenic, as his 20K Instagram followers have discovered.
Paul Rudd (in full-on beard mode) and Steve Coogan play bickering gay couple “Paul” and “Erasmus” in the new comedy Ideal Home, in which life is turned inside out when a ten-year old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus’grandson.
“We can’t have a kid. We couldn’t even handle that Yorkshire terrier. Thank god for that coyote – problem solved.”
Neither Paul, nor Erasmus, are ready to give up their extravagant lifestyles to be parents. But as things tend to happen in film comedies, kids have a way of teaching adults a few things about life.
March 16 is the date we finally get to see Love, Simon which looks to be one of the first mainstream coming-of-age/coming out movies.
The flick stars completely adorable Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as “Simon,” and Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner co-star as his parents.
With out director/producer Greg Berlanti directing (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters, Green Lantern, Everwood, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow), I know I’m going to love it.
In this newly-released clip, you get a sense of Simon’s relationship with his dad. Not only is Duhamel the daddy we all probably wished for (on many levels), he even throws in a Grindr joke for good measure.
Queer coming-of-age movie Princess Cyd, from writer-director Stephen Cone, is now playing in Los Angeles and will be available On Demand and all digital platforms beginning December 5.
16-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) decides to take a break from her depressive single father and spend a summer in Chicago with her aunt Miranda (Rebecca Spence), a well-known novelist. Soon after her arrival, Cyd encounters Katie (Malic White), a young barista behind the counter. The two make plans to meet up after Katie’s shift and a new, charged relationship begins. The Chicago landscape expands, and we navigate intimate and fragile moments between Cyd and Katie as they explore their new attraction. Miranda functions as a counterpart to young Cyd’s new explorations of sexuality and love, and as the summer continues they develop a strong relationship founded on a shared openness and healthy criticism of particular personal moments.
As comfortable to slip into as an afternoon in the sun, as satisfying as a late-night piece of cake, “Princess Cyd” is a jewel of a film that plumbs thematic depths far below its surface.
“Princess Cyd” is many things: a queer coming-of-age story (Malic White is fantastic as Cyd’s summer fling Katie), a tribute to intergenerational friendship, a redemption tale. But it also captures one deeply significant thing, that moment when family members transform from strangers to loved ones.
Naming Princess Cyd one of the “Ten Best Films of 2017, ” Vanity Fair‘s Richard Lawson wrote, “As kind a movie as there was this year. Cone quietly asserts himself as a major talent. How heartening to see big topics – like faith, like sexuality – discussed in such warm, considerate terms by two such gifted actresses.”
Had a great time interviewing director/actor Gerald McCullouch last night on my BlogTalkRadio show. You have checked out some of my recent episodes, yes? 🙂
As I mention during the radio chat, having Gerald on the show is like Christmas for a me cause he’s just a great guest.
As an actor, Gerald (“Bones,” “NCIS,” “House”) is recognized around the
world for his 10 seasons as Bobby Dawson on “CSI,” as well as his
critically praised portrayal of “Roger” in the Bear City movies.
Thanks to the global and diverse fan bases of “CSI” and the Bear City movies, he was honored as one of the 100 most compelling people in OUT Magazine’s “OUT 100,” and featured in The New York Daily News, LA Daily News, The New York Post, US Weekly and The Advocate, among others.
Gerald dropped by to chat on his new indie film, DADDY, and the upcoming BEAR CITY 3.
The DVD of DADDY
was recently released, and is packed with lots of fun extras, which we
talk about at length. Interesting to see scenes Gerald cut or which
songs he swapped out for the right tone of a scene. You can get the DVD from Amazon by clicking here.
Gerald originated the role of “Colin” in the NYC world premiere stage production of DADDY and produced the critically acclaimed West Coast premiere, in which he also starred, receiving rave reviews.
Critics raved about DADDY The Movie. Here are a few quotes from critics:
CIFF: “Funny, erotic, and heart-tugging DADDY explores what a hot, beautiful mess friendship and loyalty are and how to age gracefully while kicking and screaming.”
The Film Reel: “It’s hard to say that the film is anything but
wonderful…outstanding.. very powerful and filled with emotion…a
Zone Culture: “Nothing short of miraculous… credit must be given to the
talent of the Via-McCullouch team for making one of the most touching,
heartwarming and believable friendships in the history of gay movies.”
Progressive Pulse: “Wonderful and beautiful performances…an impressive directorial debut.”