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The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson

Film Review: The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson at East End Film Festival

The LGBT history and the fight for equality is sadly filled with hatred, animosity and prejudice from the outside world, as well as a whole host of seemingly insurmountable obstacles – but how many of us know of the bad blood and bitterness that went on inside the gay rights movement between actual queer folks and transgender people? The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson offers a unique perspective on liberation for gender nonconforming individuals and is an imperative documentary for anyone looking to fully understand the origins and evolution of the LGBT movement.

A Date for Mad Mary

Film Review: A Date for Mad Mary at Outfest

The perfectly cast Seana Kerslake takes an occasionally unappealing character and makes us want to give her the same recurrent chances as the other characters in the film. And there are some delightfully unexpected moments – largely stemming from Mary’s penchant for jeopardizing or even ruining whatever good things come her way.

4 Days In France

Film Review: Four Days in France (Jours de France) at Outfest

Invariably at every film festival there’s one or two films that don’t get as much festival buzz around them and somehow go under the radar. This is definitely the case for Four Days in France of this year’s Outfest edition. Combining Rimbaud poems, art, anonymous sex, classical music and the notorious dating app Grindr, Jérôme Reybaud’s debut is undoubtedly a daring, but impressive addition to gay cinema.

Discreet

Film Review: Discreet at Outfest

Jonny Mars plays Alex, a drifter who wades back in to his hometown with the aim of confronting the man who abused him sexually as a child. Upon tracking down his former abuser, finding that he is frail and crippled with physical and mental illness, his original vengeance quest is paused and he continues to lead an existence outside of mainstream society. He is, after all, a man of few words, devoting his free time to either making money pimping himself or other people out- and it should be noted, although this issue is handled with surprising restraint, that the sexual partners he tends to visit are all significantly older men, which could be interpreted as a reason for his relationship with his abuser to become more complicated.

Sodom

Film Review: Sodom at the East End Film Festival

A naked young man with a tinted face stands handcuffed to a lamp post in some alley in Berlin. He does not plead for help, nor does he cry in despair; he is simply uncomfortable with the bizarre situation he finds himself in. A mature man in a suit walks by and finds this fragile young man, who seems to have gone through some hazing ritual or bullying, and helps him out. They both go to the older man’s apartment, where they end up spending the night together.

The Fabulous Allan Carr

The Fabulous Allan Carr, Gay Essential Talks To Jeffrey Schwarz

“The Fabulous Allan Carr tells Allan’s story,” Jeffrey Schwarz explains. “But it’s also a social history of gay life from the 50s when little gay boys would channel their obsessions through movies and would worship glamorous movie queens through the 70s when people started coming out of the closet through the 80s when AIDS came along and ruined the party for everyone. That’s sort of the backdrop of Allan’s story.”

Rift

Film Review: Rift (Rökkur) at Outfest

It’s not every day that you see a gay-themed horror film, particularly not one which is expressly ravishing and has stunning cinematography. Although there is plenty of homosexual subtext in some of the greatest horror classics, and even in the more recently produced sequels, having a slow-burning thriller which keeps you on the edge of your seat and is also centered on gay men is a rather new and lavishly entertaining addition on the big screen.

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

Behind the Curtain, Gay Essential Talks To Katherine Fairfax Wright and Todrick Hall

Katherine Fairfax Wright didn’t know who Todrick Hall was. So when a friend at Awesomeness Films called her about directing a documentary about him, she was initially hesitant until she looked him up and checked out his wildly popular YouTube channel.

Paths

Film Review: Paths (Ein Weg) at Outfest

Paths, the feature directorial debut from Chris Miera, initially introduces itself as a low key relationship drama, navigating the turbulent long term partnership between Andreas (Mike Hoffman) and Martin (Mathis Reinhardt) as they adjust to life now their 19 year old son has flown the nest.

Check It

Film Review: Check It at the Human Rights Art and Film Festival

Most of the members of Check It are estranged from their families or have otherwise disadvantageous home lives. A lot of them are homeless and many of them turn to prostitution in order to pay rent, eat or just survive. But what else are they supposed to do? When they get kicked out of their homes as young teenagers simply for being different and/or kicked out of school at an even younger age because of perceived behavioral problems, what other recourse do these undereducated black LGBT teenagers have?

The Freedom to Marry

Film Review: The Freedom to Marry at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

April DeBoer and Jayne Rouse live in Michigan. Between them, they have FIVE adopted children. They couldn’t legally adopt all five jointly because the laws of the state prohibit unmarried couples from adopting. But being a lesbian couple, they couldn’t get married anyway because same-sex marriage wasn’t legal in their state. This leaves their family very vulnerable to being split up should something happen to one or both of them.

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