Showing posts with label out on DVD/VOD. Show all posts
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

OUT on DVD/VOD: Hot To Trot

Mad Hot Ballroom meets Paris is Burning ... or is it RuPaul's Drag Race meets Dancing with the Stars? Whatever your reference, the award-winning and crowd-pleasing documentary Hot to Trot offers a deep-dive look inside the fascinating but little-known world of same-sex competitive ballroom dance.

This lively, poignant film follows an international cast of four magnetic men and women over several years, on and off the dance floor, as they journey to the quadrennial Gay Games. Along the way, dancing is revealed to be both a means of overcoming personal hardships – from drug addiction to familial rifts – and a joyous opportunity to merge passionate artistic expression with proud sexual identity.


On iTunes January 29 | On DVD February 5

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

OUT on VOD: 1:54



 In 1:54, Tim is a shy sixteen-year-old athlete with a natural gift for running, dealing with the loss of his mother as well as his sexuality. However, the last four years of high school have been tough on him because of Jeff and his crew. In his last year of school, Tim is sick and tired of feeling like a loser, and wants to shine for once. He decides to stand up to Jeff by dethroning him in the 800m championship, the event Jeff is known for in school. But behind the competition and rivalry, a secret is wreaking havoc. After a personal video is shared on social media, Tim’s private life is about to explode into the public eye. Soon Tim finds himself pushed to the edge because of the pressure he endures, the edge where human limits reach the point of no return.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: A Moment in the Reeds

 

The feature debut of Finnish writer/director Mikko Makela is a moving gay romance between a young Finnish academic and a struggling Syrian refugee,set against an idyllic Finnish summer. Filled with nuanced and sexually charged performances from the film's two openly gay leads, Finnish theatre actorJanne Puustinen, and openly gay Syrian actor Boodi Kabbani (who fled Syria and eventually settled in Finland, where he is based - he is one of the very few openly gay Syrian actors in the world), A Moment in the Reeds is a potent, inherently political, and remarkably mature exploration of an LGBT immigrant refugee's experience in today's world.

One of the first LGBT-themed films made in Finland, Makela's intimate drama places at its center the freedom and acceptance of sexual and ethnic minorities, amidst the backdrop of breathtaking Finnish lake country.

Indiewire called it "one of the best queer international films of 2018," and Edge said the film is "a fresh new voice in queer cinema...pitch perfect performances." Film Inquiry wrote "one of the most moving gay romances of recent years...full of sexually charged, intimate moments."

After world premiering at the 2017 London Film Festival and a year of critical success on the worldwide festival circuit, the film was nominated for The Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards. It also opened theatrically to critical acclaim in Finland this past summer. A Moment in the Reeds will now be available for all U.S. and Canadian audiences.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: Scaffolding

Breaking Glass Pictures will release the award-winning, festival favorite, Israeli drama SCAFFOLDING in North America. The film debuts on all digital VOD platforms January 1, including iTunes; Amazon Prime Video; Google Play; Vudu; FandangoNOW; iNDEMAND; Direct TV and more, as well as on DVD.

Described as "a fully absorbing character study (Los Angeles Times) and "a tough and moving educational drama" (The Hollywood Reporter), this “small film with a big heart” (Screen International) earned the title of  “one of the most beautiful and interesting films that were ever made in Israel” (Avner Shavit, Walla) when it held its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the prestigious ACID showcase. The film went on to win numerous awards, including Best Israeli Feature and Best Actor awards as well as an honorable mention for Best Cinematography at the Jerusalem Film Festival, and received 8 Israeli Film Academy nominations and won the prize for Best Supporting Actor.

“Matan Yair's debut feature is both dazzling and wonderfully literate”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “Newcomer, and non-actor, Asher Lax delivers a mesmerizing, assured performance in this complex tale of a boy and his difficult relationship with both his father and teacher.”

17-year- old ASHER has always been the impulsive troublemaker, from primary school, all through junior high and high school. It's hard for him to concentrate in class, and he is compelled by a lot of rage and violence; yet he is also endowed with a considerable amount of charm and street wisdom. While his strict father sees him as a natural successor to the family's scaffolding business, Asher finds a different masculine role model in his gentle literature teacher Rami and forges a special connection with him. Torn between the two worlds, Asher looks for a chance for a new life and new identity. When a sudden tragedy occurs, he has to take the ultimate test of maturity.

SCAFFOLDING played a number of film festivals, including the Toronto Independent Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Philadelphia Film Festival, and the Raindance Film Festival.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: Male Shorts International V2

Breaking Glass Pictures is proud to announce the release of the LGBTQ short film compilation Male Shorts International V2 on DVD December 11, 2018. In this followup to last year's provocative Male Shorts International V1, Male Shorts International V2 brings a select offering of acclaimed world cinema that is sure to captivate audiences.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: Martyr

For Hassane, a young man from an impoverished neighborhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization and hopelessness. Hassane's strange sudden drowning at Beirut's rocky shore sparks a mob procession and strips apart the bond of youth and friendship, forcing his friends to grapple with loss and powerlessness, and with the cold heavy truth of their friend's dead body. The funeral is transformed into a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of life, youth, friendship, and love.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

OUT on VOD: Denial

Before Christine Hallquist was running for Governor of Vermont, she was David Hallquist, the CEO of the largest locally owned electric utility in Vermont. A self-described “closet environmentalist” Hallquist is dedicated to addressing the way electricity use in America contributes to climate change. But his mission is balanced with the utility’s charge to provide affordable and reliable service. For Hallquist, increasing the efficiency of the grid is the only meaningful route to merging these priorities.

He implements one of the country’s first ‘smart’ grids, decreasing outages, increasing the capacity for renewable sources and building a national reputation as an energy pioneer. Resistance, however, comes in many forms – traditionalists balk at the renewable intermittency, solar and wind advocates think Hallquist is dragging his feet, and the public fears that ‘smart’ meters on their homes will send private information about their energy use to the government.

As Hallquist struggles to build the kind of transparent company whose honest approach can get stakeholders to accept the realities of how we generate and deliver electricity, he realizes he must apply that same transparency to his personal life and reveals to his son a lifelong secret. Dave Hallquist, who presents as a chainsaw-wielding, hard hat-wearing CEO in a male-dominated industry is a woman inside.

Now, Derek’s family must face facts that feel far more immediate than the melting of the polar ice caps and denial emerges as a common theme linking all of these issues. Ultimately the personal and the societal come together as Derek learns that his father, newly named Christine, is still indeed his father – and that Christine’s unique perspective as the first American Transgender CEO to transition in office, may be just the what the limiting, binary worldview on energy and the environment needs.

Friday, November 2, 2018

OUT on VOD: Ka Bodyscapes

Ka Bodyscapes (2016) official Trailer from Jayan on Vimeo.

Ariztical Entertainment has announced the November 2nd VOD release of the gay Indian feature film Ka Bodyscapes. This second feature by filmmaker Jayan Cherian was originally banned from screening in India by the Central Board of Film Certification due to "glorifying gay relationships", among other politically and religiously controversial subject matter including women's rights. After a year and half of court battles, the film finally received an adult certification earlier this year, and recently screened in India coincidentally on the backdrop of the historic Indian Supreme Court ruling of the decriminalization of same-sex relations. Filmmaker Cherian commented on the historic ruling stating that it is "the beginning of a new revolution in our social system."
In the city of Calicut in the Indian state of Kerala, the film follows three young people grappling with entrenched structures of patriarchy - the free-spirited painter Haris, his love interest and friend, the athletic, mild-mannered Vishnu, and a fiery young woman, Sia. The film cuts out a slice of the contemporary Indian region, recreating the struggles of the young to gain space in the face of Hindu right-wing aggression and class oppression in their community.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: Quiet Heroes


Quiet Heroes Trailer from Vavani on Vimeo.

In Salt Lake City, Utah, the religious monoculture severely complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients received no support from—or were cast into exile by—the political, religious, and medical communities. Further, Mormon culture encouraged gay men to marry women and have a family to cure themselves of their "affliction," counsel which led to secret affairs and accidental marital transmissions of HIV.

In the entire state and intermountain region there was only one doctor to serve all HIV/AIDS patients. Quiet Heroes is the story of her fight to save the lives of a maligned population everyone else seemed willing to just let die.

Friday, August 24, 2018

OUT on DVD & VOD: Venus

 

A South Asian-Canadian transgender woman, Sid, sees her life flipped on its head when she meets the teenage son she didn’t know she had. Her biological immigrant family, boyfriend and chosen family, and ultimately her own sense of self are challenged in surprising and heartfelt ways. Genders, generations, and cultures collide in this comedy about modern family life.

Combining a colorful, witty story with both western and eastern aesthetics to reflect the urban South Asian-Canadian experience, VENUS redefines what constitutes ‘family’ for multi-generational immigrants, yet is also story that is universal for anyone who has struggled to redefine the meaning of ‘family’ in today’s times. VENUS is a resounding plea to cast off gender and cultural stereotypes.

Montreal-based filmmaker Eisha Marjara brings a breezy directing style, and her cast convey supreme warmth and humor. She said, “VENUS is a new kind of family comedy – a story that breaks down barriers and allows everyone to see themselves in the lives of the characters. The film’s central theme—the desire for love and integration—is understandably universal to all.”

After a successful and critically acclaimed festival run this year, including the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Reelout Queer Film and Video Festival, Best Narrative Feature at Cinequest, and Best Actor at the Transgender Film Festival (Kiel, Germany) - VENUS will be available via Wolfe to all U.S. audiences.


VENUS releases September 4, 2018 in the U.S. on DVD & VOD via Wolfe.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

OUT on DVD: Masterpiece: Man In An Orange Shirt

PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing Masterpiece: Man In An Orange Shirt on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD. Scripted by bestselling novelist Patrick Gale (A Place Called Winter), Man In An Orange Shirt portrays a pair of love stories, sixty years apart, linked by family ties, sexual identity, and a mysterious painting.

The plot opens on the Italian front near the end of World War II. British Captain Michael Berryman saves the life of a wounded fellow officer and recognizes him as Thomas March, an old schoolmate, now serving as an official war artist. Though engaged to his childhood sweetheart, Flora, Michael feels a powerful attraction to Thomas, who feels the same way. After the artist’s recuperation, the two share a brief, passionate encounter before parting.

With the war over, Michael looks up Thomas in London, and they spend a liberating, amorous weekend at Michael’s rundown country cottage. There, Thomas sketches Michael for a painting that will become “Man in an Orange Shirt.” In an era when homosexuality in England was punished by prison, there is no hope of living together. Furthermore, Michael feels honor-bound to marry Flora, and he asks Thomas to be his best man. This sets the stage for a turbulent marriage, not least because Flora suspects nothing about her fiance’s sexuality.

The second half of the drama skips two generations to the present day. Michael and Thomas have died, and Flora keeps house with her grandson, Adam, a young veterinarian active in London’s gay hookup scene—a subject Flora carefully avoids.

Into Adam’s restless life comes Steve, an architect eager for a stable relationship and intrigued by the challenge of fixing up the cottage that Adam has been given by Flora—the same place where Michael and Thomas spent their idyllic weekend six decades earlier. The times change, the laws change, the technology changes (as illustrated by Adam’s addiction to dating apps), but the problem of love, commitment, and acceptance is as persistent and formidable as ever.


Masterpiece: Man In An Orange Shirt will be available on DVD and Blu-ray June 19, 2018. The DVD SRP is $29.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $34.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Max Emerson's 'Hooked' Focuses on Homeless LGBTQ Youth, Raises Money for NonProfits

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer/director Max Emerson’s poignant LGBTQ tale Hooked. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in April in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Max Emerson on behalf of the Hooked Project. The film will open theatrically in Los Angeles on June 1, followed by a DVD & VOD release on June 5, 2018.

Described as a film that will “hook audiences from start to finish” (Gay Essential), Hooked held its world premiere at Inside Out, and its US premiere at Newfest as a benefit for the Ali Forney Center. The film stars Laura Austin, Conor Donnally, and Jay Alan Christianson (‘Balck-ish’), and is proudly produced by Melissa D. Llewellyn (The Big Take, Ancient Tomorrow).

Hooked follows 18-year-old hustler Jack and his boyfriend Tom. They are an item, close and very much in love. However, Jack tends to be very impulsive with his body and emotionally explosive. Matt, a married man who hasn't come out of the closet, decides to take Jack from NYC to Miami with the intention of helping him before it’s too late.

Not just a cautionary tale of life on the streets, Hooked is proud to announce that a percentage of the profits from the film will be donated to non-profits and partner organizations to support the homeless LGBTQ youth demographic. Partner organizations include the Ali Forney Center, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Albert Kennedy Trust, Lost and Found, and GLAAD.

“It’s apparent that LGBTQ kids need a place they can go to be safe…to find guidance from people who actually identity with the things they are going through,” said Emerson. “It’s not special treatment, it’s a necessity.”
 
In the US, LGBTQ youth are 8 times more likely to end up homeless, and those homeless individuals are 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence and more than twice as likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. It’s common for non-LGBTQ shelters to simply refuse service to transgender teens.

“Writer/Director/Producer Emerson has taken the near impossible task of taking the serious subject of homelessness among LGBTQ youths, and crafting a narrative that is cautionary, but also entertaining and sexy”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “With terrific lead actors who manage to be simultaneously charming and abrasive, yet very real, the film places you directly in the center of their lives.”
 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: Brotherly Love

Dealing with love in the face of religion, Brotherly Love held its world premiere at the Glitter Oklahoma LGBT Film Festival where it won Best Pictures, and went on to play numerous other festivals including aGLIFF30, Reel Pride, Nevada International Film Festival where the film won Best Feature, and qFLIX Worcester where Caruso took home the First Time Director award.

Which call do you answer? The one you feel from God or the one you feel about your authentic self? This is the dilemma at hand for Brother Vito (played by writer/director Anthony J. Caruso) struggling with a decision as he must decide between becoming a Brother or allowing himself to declare his love for Gabe (Derek Babb). Shot entirely in Austin and with a local cast and crew, Brotherly Love is a fresh take on the traditional gay love story, with The Golden Girls also playing an important role in this romantic dramedy.

“Beautiful and heartfelt, Anthony J. Caruso’s warm and romantic comedy-drama hits all the right notes”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “Authentic and intimate dialog highlight this study of a Brother in the Catholic Church who struggles with his vow of chastity when he meets and falls in love with a charming young man.”

Thursday, April 19, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: My Best Friend




My Best Friend held its world premiere at the Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival, will hold its US premiere at OUTshine Miami, and will play Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and numerous prestigious festivals throughout the year to be announced shortly. 

My Best Friend follows Lorenzo, a quiet teenager living with his family at the edge of the world in beautiful Patagonia. One day, Lorenzo’s father decides to host Caito, the son of a friend from Buenos Aires who had to go to hospital for a long stay. At first, Caito appears shy, tough, and hardly ever speaks, but over time the two boys become friends. However, Caito quickly wears out his welcome with Lorenzo’s parents. Before he’s forced to relocate again, Caito reveals to Lorenzo the real reason why he was forced to leave home. With a secret to hold, a new responsibility to take, and a troublesome partner by his side, Lorenzo will begin to experience things he never imagined…

“Martin Deus debut feature is a quietly moving story of a relationship between two boys that builds into something both difficult and secretive”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “Beautiful performances and assured direction make this a truly unforgettable tale of love and friendship.”

The film will be released on DVD & VOD on October 29, 2018.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

Surge of Power Enterprises and Indie Rights are proud to announce the Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release of the long-anticipated sequel to the groundbreaking and lighthearted superhero movie Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes.  Following a national theatrical rollout, Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel is also now available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and YouTube Rentals.  Additional platforms including iTunes and Vudu will soon follow.   

Creator Vincent J. Roth returns to the cape-clad title role of Surge, cinema's first out gay superhero.  Roth is joined by a star-studded cast representing the forces of good and evil including "Star Trek" alums Nichelle Nichols and Robert Picardo, comedian Bruce Vilanch, "SuperFriends!" Wonder Woman Shannon Farnon, Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, The Exorcist's Linda Blair, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" star Gil Gerard and the original Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno.  The award-winning film has screened at festivals and conventions across the globe, taking home prizes for Best Comedy, Best Villain, Best Special Effects and Most Inspirational Lead Character.

Monday, February 26, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: The Breeding

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the LGBT erotic-thriller The Breeding. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in February in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Dane Joseph, Founder and Executive Producer at Novo Novus Productions. The film will begin festival screenings in Q2 and a DVD/VOD release will follow in late 2018.

“We're thrilled to be working with Breaking Glass Pictures again on another scintillating and complex project after our wonderful experience collaborating on BWOY” said Dane Joseph, Founder and Executive Producer of Novo Novus Productions. “The Breeding pushes the envelope in how we think of sex and culture in the LGBTQ community, and it's amazing to have an awesome partner in BGP who supports our company's mission to explore controversial and risqué stories."

The story centers on discontented, sex-positive queer cartoonist Thomas, whose artistic inspiration comes from erotic escapades that are unbeknownst to his loving boyfriend, Amadi. A chance restroom encounter with a recently divorced financier named Lee leaves Thomas curious about exploring the taboo fetish of “race play.” But when the game gets too real, chilling actions are taken that will forever change the trajectory of these men’s lives.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

OUT on DVD/VOD: Sebastian

Written, directed and starring James Fanizza, Sebastian features Katya (also known as Brian McCook) from Rupaul's Drag Race and the hit Vice series The Trixie and Katya Show.

In this urban gay love story, sexy Argentinian hunk Sebastian (Alex House) arrives in Toronto on a one week visit and meets his cousin's boyfriend, Alex (writer-director, James Fanizza). Instant attraction leads Alex to question his rocky relationship with his boyfriend. As he and Sebastian decide to explore their forbidden passion, they connect deep in emotion. Alex must confront his conflicted feelings for his boyfriend and Sebastian, as well as some surprising, long buried secrets from his past.

Sebastian is a uniquely modern story - exploring the search for love in an age of instant gratification, online hookups, and the yearning for connection in an age of convenience and superficiality. It paints a nuanced portrait of 20-something queerness; that perpetual feeling of having what you want at the tip of your fingers, but not being sure if you really want to grab it.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

OUT on DVD/VOD: Jesus Meets the Gay man

Jesus Meets the Gay Man held its world premiere at the Whistler Pride Festival, and went on to screen at the Montreal Views of the World Film & Music Film Festival, as well as Toronto Pride. The film features an ensemble cast including Fearless Fred, Carla Collins, Paul Bellini, Scott Thompson, and many more.

“I didn’t write this documentary for LGBT people, I didn’t write this documentary for Christian people, I wrote this for human people”, said director Jean-Claude Lafond. “This isn’t a film for just one group. It’s a film for everyone to enjoy.”

A story of reconciliation, forgiveness and renewal wrapped in Monty Python-like sketches and a jazzy dance number, Jesus Meets the Gay Man is a fun documentary that will have you see Jesus in a new light, while at the same time convincing you to work on your abs! Developed by looking at the questions of what Jesus would have said or done if He had met a gay person, the film aims to bridge the gap between Christians and the homosexual community, who have been at odds on this issue, with critical thinking and humor. In this age of so much information on the Bible and on the topic of homosexuality, can the LGBTQIA and the Christians find forgiveness?

“We love to find films that are unique and completely unexpected, and Jesus Meets the Gay Man qualifies for that distinction without a doubt”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “Almost impossible to describe, the film is a documentary that is completely strange, somewhat demented, and absolutely hilarious.”

The film will be released on January 9th on DVD and VOD through iTunes, Amazon Instant, and through local cable and satellite providers.

Friday, October 27, 2017

OUT on DVD/VOD: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved story tellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth.

Jennifer M. Kroot’s documentary about the creator of Tales of the City moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friend, Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war. Featuring Laura Linney, Ian McKellen, Olympia Dukakis, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Cho, Jonathan Groff and Amy Tan.

Critics praised The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, with a 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter writes, “With candor, humor and poignancy, Kroot's entertaining documentary depicts an artist who continued to seek his bigoted father's approval even as he embraced a life as a proud gay man that his parents could never condone.” Andy Webster of The New York Times notes, “this fond documentary portrait... makes it clear that Mr. Maupin’s mastery of assorted perspectives is his gift.”

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin will be available on DVD December 5 in the United States and will have it’s broadcast premiere January 1, 2018 on PBS Independent Lens. The documentary can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com and WolfeVideo.com today.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

OUT on DVD/VOD: Hidden Kisses

In Hidden Kisses, sixteen-year-old Nathan is the new kid in high school. One night, while attending a party, he falls in love with Louis, a boy in his class. Able to sneak away from the crowd, they find themselves out of sight, and eventually work up the courage to kiss each other…but someone takes notice. Soon, a picture is published on Facebook, and a storm of bullying and rejection overtakes their lives.

“We are very pleased to bring director Didier Bivel’s beautiful, yet cautionary, ode to young love to US audiences”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “It sadly reminds us, though, that bullying and homophobia still play a hateful role in the fabric of contemporary life.”