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Grinder

Essential Opinion: Grinder

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.

Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland, Gay Essential Talks To Dome Karukoski

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.

Love Is All You Need?

Essential Opinion: Love Is All You Need?

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.

BeatCity 3

Film Review: BearCity 3 at Iris Prize Festival

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.

I Love You Both

Film Review: I Love You Both at Outfest

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.

Southwest of Salem

Film Review: Southwest of Salem at Outfest

Deborah S. Esquenazi’s documentary, Southwest of Salem, is a riveting true-life crime drama. Much like the witch trials of 1692, this is a crime story where the only crime committed was in the court of public opinion, leaving four innocent Texas women to pay for transgressions they never committed.

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