Closet Monster

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Released in 2015, a gay teenager’s self-loathing attacks the body as well as the brain in young Canadian director Stephen Dunn’s stylish first feature Closet Monster. The film stars Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Isabella Rossellini.

Bad Education

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Bad Education (La Mala Educación)

Released in 2004 and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Bad Education highlights the effects of religious education in Franco-ist Spain and sexual abuse. The film won many awards, such as Best Foreign Language Film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Shot in various locations in Spain, the film features actors Gael García Bernal and Fele Martínez.

The Lost Coast

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Released in 2008, The Lost Coast is a masterful work of cinematography and emotion, crafted by writer and director Gabriel Fleming. This captivating drama examines the lives of four individuals by both examining where they are each headed and looking back at the key moments that placed them on this path. The film stars, Ian Scott McGregor, Lucas Alifano and Lindsay Benner.

Open

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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.

My Own Private Idaho

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Released in 1991 and directed by Gus Van Sant, My Own Private Idaho is a film about two male street hustlers going on a journey of self-discovery that takes them to Idaho and Italy. The film won a variety of awards, including Best Actor for River Phoenix at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Shot in Oregon, Rome, and Washington State, the film features actors River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves.

Ethan Mao

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Released in 2004 and directed by Quentin Lee, Ethan Mao is a gay themed crime drama that presents a twist on the classic kidnapping/revenge caper, set against the backdrop of a traditional Asian American upbringing and family life. The film stars Jun Hee Lee, Jerry Hernandez and David Tran.

Raising Zoey

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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.

Hey, Happy!

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Somewhere in the not so distant alternate future, the world is about to end. Hey, Happy! is a gay sci-fi fantasy comedy filled with meandering transsexuals, schizophrenics, and enough squirm-in-your-seat uncomfortable moments to make the great director John Waters blush. Released in 2001, the film is directed by Noam Gonick and stars, Jérémie Yuen, Craig Aftanis and Clayton Godson

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Released in 2014 and directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman, every journey in life begins with the first step. Or in the case of this film, the two-step, the tango, and the cha-cha. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is a charming story about breaking down stereotypes and finding life’s joy in even the most unexpected of places. The film stars Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson and Julian Sands.

The Falls: Covenant of Grace

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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.

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