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My Own Private Idaho

Gay Essential Films To Watch, My Own Private Idaho

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.

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.

Hey, Happy!

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Hey, Happy!

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

Yossi & Jagger

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Yossi & Jagger (יוסי וג’אגר)

Released in 2002 and directed by Eytan Fox, Yossi & Jagger is the story of two Israeli soldiers stationed on the Lebanese border looking for solitude in the chaos of war. The film won the Outstanding Film – Limited Release award at the 2004 GLAAD Media Awards. Shot in Israel, the film features actors Ohad Knoller and Yehuda Levi.

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

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.

Edge of Seventeen

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Edge of Seventeen

Released in 1998 and directed by David Moreton, Edge of Seventeen is a coming of age story for a teenager coming to grips with his sexuality at the end of high school. The film won Outstanding American Narrative Feature, Screenwriting, and Actor awards at the L.A. Outfest. Shot in Sandusky, Ohio, the film features actors Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, and Andersen Gabrych.

Saturn in Opposition

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Saturn in Opposition (Saturno Contro)

Directed by Ferzan Özpetek, Saturn in Opposition (Saturno Contro) is an Italian ensemble drama, starring Stefano Accorsi, Margherita Buy and Pierfrancesco Favino. Released in 2007, the multi-award winning film follows a circle of friends who come together after one of their members falls ill.

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