Steam Room Stories

Steam Room Stories, Gay Essential Talks to J.C. Calciano

Comedy has always been one of the most effective ways of manifesting representation in storytelling, as well as offering people with an opportunity to laugh away the sorrows. It is also Calciano’s favourite way of expressing his own creativity through cinema. His first fiction feature directorial effort, Is It Just Me? came in 2010, and it was closely followed by eCupid (2011) and The 10 Year Plan (2014). 2010 was another landmark year for his artistic output, as it marked the beginning of his work on a certain long-lasting cult web series.

Tu Me Manques

Opinión Esencial Gay: Tu Me Manques

Tu me manques es una de las pocas películas de habla hispana, que no se enfoca en la ignorancia de muchos hacia la comunidad LGBTQ, sino, en la transformación humana y de cómo el ser humano tiene el potencial de cambiar mediante el poder que es la conexión humana.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Watercolors

Watercolors is an multiple Audience Award-winning film 2009 drama film written and directed by David Oliveras. The film tells the story of one young man overwhelming grief of losing his first love and his use of his artistic talents to process his emotions and grief. Tye Olson, Kyle Clare, Greg Louganis and Karen Black star in this film.

Drive Me Home

Gay Essential Opinion: Drive Me Home

Drive Me Home is a great feature length argument as to why road trip narratives shouldn’t often be so concentrated within the States. It doesn’t have the same glamour, but it does have exactly what you want from a story within this genre: a richly drawn character study told within a warm, familiar template.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Hawaii

Hawaii is an Argentinian romance from 2013, from writer and director Marco Berger. Starring Manuel Vignau and Mateo Chiarino and set in rural Argentina, it tells the story of two childhood friends from different social classes, who meet as adults, renew their friendship, and start to develop a new relationship.

Naked As We Came

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Naked As We Came

The award-winning film Naked As We Came, written and directed by Richard LeMay, is a family drama that tells of love and loss, and the struggle for strength and courage of a tormented family. The film premiered in New York in 2012 and stars Ryan Vigilant, Karmine Alers, and Ben Weaver.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Test

Set at the height of the HIV AIDS epidemic, Test tells the story of young men in a professional San Francisco dance company, learning to adjust to life and love at a time when the first HIV test is being released to the public.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, I Do

I Do is an independent feature film released in 2012 set in New York City. The multi award-winning drama is directed by Glenn Gaylord and stars David W Ross who also wrote the script and produced the film. Other stars that feature in the film include Alicia Witt, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Maurice Compte.

Another Country

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Another Country

The film Another Country was directed by Marek Kanievska. Julian Mitchell wrote both the script for the original play of the same name as well as the screenplay for the adapted film which was released in 1984. Starring well-known actors, Colin Firth and Rupert Everett, Another Country shines the spotlight on the life of Guy Bennett’s early life as a homosexual in public school life in the 1930s, Marxist influences in his life and the Burgess-Maclean spy scandal of the 1950s.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Wilde

Released in 1997, the film Wilde tells the story of British genius playwright and poet Oscar Wilde. Directed by Brian Gilbert the biographical drama stars Stephen Fry in the lead role, Orlando Bloom, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle and Ioan Gruffudd. The film’s screenplay was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Oscar Wilde written by Richard Ellmann.

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