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.
LadLad is the world’s first LGBT political party. Established and based in the Philippines, the party ran two unsuccessful campaigns for seats in their Congress – the first in 2010 and the second in 2013. That 2013 campaign is the subject of the 2016 documentary Out Run, which chronicles an entire year leading up to that election.
Released in 2002, Far From Heaven was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. The film won a number of awards including the Black Reel Awards, Bodil Awards and Boston Society of Film Critics. Written and directed by Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert. The film was mainly shot in New Jersey and also in New York.
The documentary, titled Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, puts a lot of the politics behind the ongoing immigration debate aside to give us a personal take on what it’s like living in the United States under the constant threat of deportation – all the while trying to pursue the American Dream it has promised despite the road blocks that come with being undocumented.
Released at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Rag Tag is a British-Nigerian motion picture that follows the lives of two childhood friends who are coercively separated by Social Services. The drama film premiered in 2006, was written and directed by Adaora Nwandu and stars Adedamola Adelaja and Daniel Parsons.
Released in 2009 and directed by Marco Berger, Plan B is about a plan for revenge as a man who has been dumped runs into doubts about his own sexuality. The film was nominated for a Golden Marc’Aurelio award at the Rome Film Fest. Shot in Buenos Aires, the film features actors Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro and Mercedes Quinteros.
Life is a puzzle that’s not meant to be solved, just experienced. The same is true of Hunter Lee Hughes’ ingenious feature film, Guys Reading Poems – a majestic, all-embracing account of how a vulnerable young boy learns to glibly mold his childhood suffering into art, tenderness and creative literature.
Written by Penelope Gilliatt, Sunday, Bloody Sunday was released in 1971 and portrays the threefold relationship between a divorced woman, a Jewish doctor and a talented sculptor. Starring Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson and Murray Head, the British drama film was directed by John Schlesinger and also features Peggy Ashcroft and Bessie Love.
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.