The duo’s kiss was nominated alongside Emma Stone’s and Ryan Gosling’s smooch in La La Land, Emma Watson’s and Dan Stevens’ kiss in Beauty and the Beast, Taraji P. Henson’s and Terrence Howard’s steamy moment in Empire and Zac Efron’s and Anna Kendrick’s kiss in Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates.
“I think it is safe to say that it is OK for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box,” Jerome said onstage.
This year’s Oscar best picture depicts the story of Chiron as he goes through the different phases of his life while understanding his sexuality. The actor who plays Chiron’s love interest throughout his childhood, adolescence and young adulthood is Jerome, who expressed the importance of this award going to a kiss between two gay men.
“This award is bigger than Jharrel and I. This represents more than a kiss, it represents those who feel like the others, the misfits, this represents us,” Sanders said upon accepting their award.
The award-winning queer film noir Kiss Me, Kill Me is now available on DVD and VOD.
Starring as Dusty, four-time Emmy nominee Van Hansis (“As the World Turns” and “EastSiders“) blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend, Stephen, played by gay icon Gale Harold (“Queer as Folk”). When Dusty comes to, Stephen was murdered and he’s the prime suspect.
With plot twists and turns to keep you guessing, the film also stars a colorful collection of characters, many of whom might have their own reasons for wanting Stephen dead.
Director Casper Andreas had this to say about working on the slick flick:
“I have always enjoyed a good who-done-it. Growing up, I was a huge fan of both Agatha Christie novels and suspense thrillers, so when screenwriter David Michael Barrett sent me the script for KISS ME, KILL ME, I got very excited. Not only was this a bona-fide murder mystery, it was centered in a world I am very familiar with – gay West Hollywood.
“One of the things I loved most about the script was that it wasn’t a spoof of a thriller; it was the real thing. It also didn’t take itself too seriously, and even had characters commenting on the outrageous events, often balancing them with humor.”
I enjoy when a movie comes at you from a very specific point of view and style, and Andreas brings the “noir,” albeit with a light touch. It’s not until the last ten minutes of the film that the suspense and sense of danger gets you on the edge of your seat.
It’s great to see Gale Harold in a gay project again, this being his first since his work on “Queer As Folk.” He’s a strong anchor to the film. And Kit Williamson (“Eastsiders”) turns in a strong performance as Dusty’s bestie.
Kudos to composer Jonathan Dinerstein for his evocative original score, which lands right in the sweet spot for the film.
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.