Between The Sheets

A casual encounter may lead to surprising consequences.

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Weekend directed by Andrew Haigh (UK) 2011 opens with Russell in the bath in preparing for a night out. He arrives late at a house party hosted by straight friends and is soon caught up in the celebration. Already intoxicated when he leaves.

But instead of going home he heads to a gay disco in search of a hookup. His attention is focused on a man seated at the bar who he follows to the men’s room but looses sight of on the way out. Consequently willing to settle for a different man who’s attracted to him.

The next morning Russell prepares coffee for himself and his trick. What occurred in the dark is evidently somewhat of a blur to Russell and the audience as well. When he opens the bedroom door the man he came home with is revealed.

His sexual partner Glen holds a small recorder demanding that Russell talk about what led up to their meeting and the follow up but Russell isn’t interested in opening up. When he asks why, Glen says it’s part of an art project he’s working on.

The two men spend 48 challenging, playful, passionate hours together. They share more than sex. Learning quite a bit about each other in the process. Agreeing about some things but also expressing opposing views about relationships and  life goals.

Both Russell and Glen are impacted by their time spent together.

Weekend is available in Blu-Ray and DVD from The Critereon Collection.

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Out Now

Coming Out directed by Alden Peters (USA) 2015 utilizes modern technology to deal with the fundamental gay right of passage.

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A young filmmaker turns the camera on himself, as well as family and friends, to document what is still a difficult process for many.

It begins with his personal revelation to his older brother Rick during a drive and moves systematically from what Alden considers to be the easiest to the most difficult person in his life, his father, a man who seems to embody the all-round masculine guy.

Yet his relationships are only one aspect of sexual acceptance. Even more important is his internal journey. Finding out what it means for him to identify as a gay man.

Coming Out will be released on DVD 4 October 2016. Contact Wolf Video for more info about this charming and engaging work.

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Brooklyn Boys

Little Men directed by Ira Sachs (USA) 2016 premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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It follows the developing relationship of two young boys in a Brooklyn neighborhood as well as the increasingly difficult interactions between their parents. While their own world revolves around shared creative interests, academic responsibilities, and play, the adults must deal with the hard economic realities dominating many American cities.

Money and real estate in a changing residential area are the major obstacles dividing the adults. However it’s not a simple matter of greed and heartless property owners taking advantage of less fortunate individuals. Sachs and co-writer Mauricio Zacharias present a more nuanced situation and sensitive treatment of the entire development.

Jake, a somewhat shy boy with artistic potential, and Tony, an outgoing boy who dreams of becoming an actor, are very real. As are Jake’s parents: Michael, a struggling actor, and Kathy, a working psychotherapist. Also Tony’s mother Leonor, a dressmaker being priced-out of her longtime shop.

New York City, where director Sachs lives with his husband and their two daughters, is beautifully captured

The film opened today at Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and IFC Center 5, New York. Additional opening dates this month include: 12 August 2016 at Royal, Los Angeles; Clay Theatre, San Francisco and Avalon 2, Washington. 19 August 2016 at Sundance Cinemas, Seattle and Camelview at Fashion Square, Scottsdale. 26 August 2016 at Century Centre Cinema, Chicago; Angelika Film Center, Dallas; and CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe.

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