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Seed Money

Essential Opinion: Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story

With Falcon Studios, gay porn mogul Chuck Holmes built an empire on flesh and fantasy. Chuck fought against the FBI, vice squads and an AIDS epidemic in order to document emerging gay culture and provide homosexual men across the country with a vision of life that was unashamed and celebratory. Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story is the story of one of the gay rights movement’s more unlikely – and spirited – pioneers. Released in 2015 and directed by Michael Stabile, the documentary features Jeff Stryker, Chi Chi LaRue, Steve Cruz, Tom Chase and legendary filmmaker John Waters.

Open

Essential Opinion: Open

Kyle and David think they’ve become boring. But after seeing how well an open relationship has been working for their friends Richard and Marc, they try to take their relationship in that direction.

Raising Zoey

Essential Opinion: Raising Zoey

Zoey, her mother Ofelia and her sister Leticia are the subjects of the 2016 documentary Raising Zoey — which not only takes us through Zoey’s physical and emotional transition into that happy self, but also covers how Zoey and her mother became reluctant and unexpected activists for the ongoing Trans Rights Movement.

The Falls: Covenant of Grace

Essential Opinion: The Falls: Covenant of Grace

Released in 2016, The Falls: Covenant of Grace is the final film in the Falls trilogy, which reunites RJ and Chris as they prepare to fully reconciletheir love, their faith and their Church. Directed by Jon Garcia the film stars Nick Ferrucci, Benjamin Farmer and Curtis Edward Jackson.

Tab Hunter Confidential

Essential Opinion: Tab Hunter Confidential

Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, Tab Hunter Confidential is a 2015 documentary about the life and career of the titular former actor, matinee idol and heartthrob who was also a closeted homosexual in 1950s Hollywood. The documentary features Tab Hunter, Clint Eastwood and Debbie Reynolds.

Essential Opinion: Shared Rooms

Shared Rooms explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day – a married couple who take in a teenage relative who was kicked out of his home after his parents discovered he was gay; a pair of roommates forced to share a bed for the week, much to the delight (and horror) of the one harboring a secret crush on the other; and two men looking for a quick hookup who end up finding a much stronger connection.

The Falls: Covenant of Grace

Covenant of Grace, Gay Essential Talks To Jon Garcia

Jon Garcia is not a Mormon. But he has written, produced and directed three films about two Mormon missionaries who fall in love. Over the course of those three films, they work to reconcile their romance with their faith, their families and with themselves.

C.O.G.

Essential Opinion: C.O.G.

Jonathan Groff stars in this 2013 indie based on a short story of the same name by humorist David Sedaris. In the film, David, a privileged, Yale-educated young man who flees what many would consider to be a good life in New York for an off-the-grid “change of pace” (and a new name) in a small blue-collar factory town in Oregon.

The Falls: Testament to Love

Essential Opinion: The Falls: Testament To Love

Fans of The Falls will find The Falls: Testament of Love to be a very satisfying continuation of the A.J./Chris story (there is now a third film in the series). Writer/producer/director Jon Garcia has crafted a wonderful story of love, acceptance, choice and reconciliation which builds upon itself to an ending that gives you enough to not be slighted by it but not too much so that you don’t wonder what the future may or may not hold for R.J. and Chris.

El Canto de Colibri

Film Review: El Canto de Colibri at Outfest

El Canto de Colibri is a study in love and acceptance that should be used at every PFLAG meeting, religious conference, parenting class and political campaign. And though the documentary is in Spanish with English subtitles and subjects of varying Latino descent, every ethnic group can draw something from this documentary whether as a parent, a child, a politician, a clergyman, a sociologist or otherwise.

Film Review: The Watermelon Woman at Outfest

The Watermelon Woman is one of the first films (if not THE first) about a black lesbian that is written, directed and produced by a black lesbian. As such, it not only takes on the rather uncomfortable topics of opportunities for black women in film, the portrayals of black women in film and the place of black women in the ongoing history of film, but approaches them from a uniquely personal perspective.

Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church

Film Review: Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church at Outfest

Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church premiered on BET’s digital platform in late 2015 and was screened at the White House in early 2016. It received such a rousing response at Outfest’s Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival in March of 2016 that Outfest organizers included it in the lineup for their main event a few months later.

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