Out Film: “Lazy Eye”

Directed by Tim Kirkman, Lazy Eye follows Dean, a 30-something graphic designer from Los Angeles, as he reconnects with his old bf as they undertake a physical and emotional journey on a weekend together in Joshua Tree.

Critics loved it:

Variety: “So well-written and acted you feel like you’re eavesdropping. Refined and emotionally sophisticated, Lazy Eye makes you realize how rare it is to see a movie that gives you the privilege of listening to authentically smart conversation.”

LA Times: “Sexy and emotional. Kirkman and cinematographer Gabs Mayhan capture the sun-dappled beauty of the landscape. Lucas Near-Verbrugghe and Aaron Costa Ganis both anchor and lift the film.”

LA Weekly: “The sexual chemistry between the two leads is off the charts. An effective and emotionally honest drama. Writer-director Tim Kirkman has a keen eye.”

Lazy Eye comes out in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, with a DVD and VOD release Tuesday, November 15th.

Out Films: MOONLIGHT

In reviewing the new movie Moonlight, The Advocate editor Yezmin Villarreal dubs the coming of age flick by director Barry Jenkins “the year’s best film.” Villarreal describes the film thusly:

Moonlight — in theaters Friday — is a coming-of-age film about a gay black youth, Chiron, growing up in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, which was affected by the rise of crack cocaine and the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Chiron is not only struggling with the boys at school who incessantly bully him but is also dealing with a drug-addicted mother and coming to terms with his attraction to men.”

The New York Times writes of Moonlight:

To describe “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s second feature, as a movie about growing up poor, black and gay would be accurate enough. It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading. It would be truer to the mood and spirit of this breathtaking film to say that it’s about teaching a child to swim, about cooking a meal for an old friend, about the feeling of sand on skin and the sound of waves on a darkened beach, about first kisses and lingering regrets. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight” is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.

Towleroad’s Nathaniel Rogers is already calling for Oscar nominations:

Critics are saying it’s a rich original film about growing up gay and black. That’s true. The film will provoke many identity politics discussions, but it’s so much more than that. The director Barry Jenkins’ artistry is so strong that the film is universally relatable to the gay experience.

And the LA Times is jubilant:

Moonlight is magic. So intimate you feel like you’re trespassing on its characters’ souls, so transcendent it’s made visual and emotional poetry out of intensely painful experience, it’s a film that manages to be both achingly familiar and unlike anything we’ve seen before.

In other words, go see this movie.

More info about the film on Facebook.

Out Films: Russell Tovey Stars In “The Pass”

Russell Tovey (HBO’s Looking) plays a gay footballer in the new movie, The Pass, co–starring Arinze Kene.

Based on the play by John Donnelly, the film follows the story of a closeted player in three segments, one taking place every five years in the player’s life, as he comes to terms with his true self following the night he shares a kiss with a teammate.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Nineteen-year-old Jason and Ade have been in the Academy of a famous London football club since they were eight years old. It’s the night before their first-ever game for the first team – a Champions League match – and they’re in a hotel room in Romania. They should be sleeping, but they’re over-excited. They skip, fight, mock each other, prepare their kit, watch a teammate’s sex tape. And then, out of nowhere, one of them kisses the other. The impact of this ‘pass’ reverberates through the next ten years of their lives – a decade of fame and failure, secrets and lies, in a sporting world where image is everything.

If you’re in or near New York City, you can catch the film at opening night of New York City’s NewFest on October 20th. The movie is set for wide release later this year.

Queer Cinema: “Beautiful Something”

Celebrated queer film festival favorite Beautiful Something gets a full digital/VOD release today, and I highly encourage folks to take a look at this artful journey that finds four gay men at the intersection of desire, sexuality and art on a cold night in Philadelphia.

Via press release:

Brian (Brian Sheppard), a poet with an already-spent advance and a looming deadline, seeks distraction at dusk-whether that means a hook-up (or two) or confessing his love to his straight best friend.

Drew (Colman Domingo), a renowned sculptor in love with his boyish muse, is eager to finish his latest creation.

His model Jim (Zack Ryan) is an unpredictable aspiring actor prone to dramatic outbursts. Simultaneously aroused and intimidated by Drew’s talent and devotion, Jim yearns for a modicum of freedom from the sculptor’s attentions.

Rounding out the quartet is Bob (John Lescault), a wealthy, alcoholic talent agent, cruising the Philadelphia backstreets for a “beautiful something.” Despite his aimlessness, he usually finds his target.

Writer/director Joseph Graham shows confidence and trust in his actors allowing them to take their time. Nothing is hurried here even as the search for personal connection sometimes turns to collision.

Director of photography Matthew Boyd’s skillful eye creates rich depth and mood with his use of light, shadow and urban texture. The City of Brotherly Love almost becomes another character in the film via Boyd’s evocative nighttime composition.

I especially appreciated Zack Ryan’s “Jim” – an understated, introspective performance throughout the film that is imminently watchable. And featured actor Matthew Rios’ “Sergio” brings light to darkness in moments of unfiltered charm and honesty.

And kudos to Luke O’Malley’s pensive, nocturnal – but never melancholy – original score.

The critics had strong praise for Beautiful Something along it’s film festival journey:

“rough, sharp and to the point”
– Frontiers Media

“well-sketched personas that spark off each-other brilliantly”
– Gay Times

“A compassionate romantic drama”
— Village Voice (Critic’s Pick)

“an enthralling and audacious piece of film making”
— San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

I highly recommend the film.

Check your favorite digital outlet for the film including iTunes, Amazon Instant and Cable VOD.

You can watch the trailer below:


John Lescault

Brian Sheppard

Colman Domingo and Zack Ryan

Zack Ryan

Matthew Rios