Before you ask, the answer is no. Grinder has nothing to do with the popular hookup app. While Writer/Director Brandon Ruckdashel’s film may not be buried in your iPhone menu, the metaphor is far from lost. This is a story about the meat grinder many young gay men must try to survive, weathering a gauntlet of homophobia, confusion, and the discovery of one’s self-identity.
Dome Karukoski’s latest film, Tom of Finland, is a moving biopic of decorated war hero, art director, and illustrator, Touko Laaksonen. Known for his sexually liberating drawings of muscular gay men, each signed “Tom of Finland,” Touko Laaksonen courageously sparked a leather-clad LGBT revolution with the playful stroke of his pencil.
An expansion of director Kim Rocco Shields short film by the same title, Love Is All You Need? is an intriguing and very personal look at what it feels like to be persecuted for what you look like, who you are, and whom you love. Released in 2016, the film stars Briana Evigan, Tyler Blackburn and Kyla Kenedy.
BearCity 3 is a fantastic conclusion to Langway’s trilogy and quite possibly his finest example of writing, editing, and filmmaking to date. And not surprisingly, Doug Langway delivers a acknowledgement to his real life bear family – the many bears and bear lovers who have contributed to Langway’s vision over the years and continue to help him weave humorous and dramatic stories.
Imagine meeting a fun and flirtatious 20-something named Andy. He’s charming, handsome, has great taste in music. Now imagine finding yourself in a love triangle with Andy…and your twin sibling. While this might sound like the plotline from a really bad porno, this is actually the feature film debut by the dynamic twin sibling writing and acting duo, Doug and Kristin Archibald.