April 13th, 2012

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Coming Soon: A Warm Wind (2011)

A Warm Wind
Year Produced: 2011
Directed By: Jeff London
Starring: Tyler Haines, Zac Titus, Landon Ashworth, Brent King, Robert Sisko
Language: English/Closed Captions
Run Time: 92 min.
Rating: Not Rated
Amazon: A Warm Wind (2011

Description

A terrific new gay drama from Jeff London, the director of Arizona Sky!

Handsome Tyler Haines stars in this powerful drama as David, a single gay man who steps forward to help out his cousin Buck (Zac Titus), a U.S. Marine who returns home wounded from the Iraq War. In addition to the challenges of coping with Buck’s post traumatic stress disorder and his physical injuries, David must also confront Buck’s father’s homophobia.



Excerpt from “Jeff London Talks About A Warm Wind” from QMovieBlog.com:

Q. You’ve made so many popular gay films over the years… Can you tell us [more about] the gay angle of your new film?

A. The production has been very hush-hush on the gay angle. I need to get the story out to the general public for all audiences, to let people find out the truth well after they are involved. With 5 main characters in the movie, all men, we find out that 2 of them are gay, one an average guy who is a construction worker. It comes as even a bigger a surprise to audiences when they find out about another character – they never would have guessed, and I’m not telling!

I always want positive gay role model characters in my stories. Every day guys like me that are a huge part of society, but are so often overlooked or characterized as flaming queers in most movies or television. We all need to be represented. If people help me keep the secret to this story, it will help change the minds of a lot of people out there who may have preconceived ideas of who a gay person is. I took a definite stand on bringing the gay issue together with the military.

Awards & Quotes

“THIS IS A MOVIE EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD SEE!” -Judy Lacey, Freedom Foundation Veterans Coordinator

“THANK YOU SO MUCH!” YOU GOT IT RIGHT! I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL. -Shannon D. Book, Veteran 10 Years Military Service, 2 Tours Iraq

“I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS MOVIE.” -SGT Scott Douglas, U.S. Army, 8 Years Military Service, 1 Tour Iraq

“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! A MOVIE THAT SUPPORTS THE TROOPS AND AMERICA.” -Kim Nier, Blue Star Mothers President, Arizona Chapter 1
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Coming Soon: eCupid (2011)

Year Produced: 2011
Directed By: JC Calciano
Starring: John Callahan, Andy Anderson, Morgan Fairchild, Galen Drever
Language: English/Closed Captions
Run Time: 95 min.
Rating: Not Rated
Amazon: eCupid (2011)

Description

From the director of Is It Just Me? comes this sparkling romantic comedy that takes online dating to the extreme! Marshall is an over-worked ad exec who is suffering from a serious case of the seven-year itch with his loving boyfriend. As his 30th birthday nears, he is hell-bent on changing his life and he comes across a mysterious dating app called eCupid. Turning his world upside down and overwhelming him with sexy guys at every turn, Marshall gets much more than he bargained. Firing on all cylinders with sharp wit, hot cast, and even an extended cameo from Hollywood legend Morgan Fairchild, eCupid will win your heart.



Awards & Quotes

“Firing on all cylinders with a sharp script, hot cast and even an extended cameo from Hollywood legend Morgan Fairchild, eCupid will win your heart! -Entertainment Focus
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Coming Soon: This is What Love in Action Looks Like (2010)

Year Produced: 2010
Directed By: Morgan Jon Fox
Language: English
Run Time: 74 min.
Amazon: This is What Love in Action Looks Like (2010)

Description

FEATURED ON NPR’s THIS AMERICAN LIFE!

When Zack Stark came out to his parents, he had no idea that his life was about to change forever. Stuck inside “Love In Action”-the ex-gay rehabilitation program-the quiet teenager blogged about their draconian practices, sparking an impassioned, nationwide protest to rescue the teen. In This is What Love in Action Looks Like, filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox captures the stirring, inspirational true-story of how religious intolerance’s quest to bully queer teens, lead to one of the first examples of social media inspiring change…and hope, for a new generation of activism.



“A POWERFUL STORY!” – San Francisco Examiner
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Coming Soon: Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2011)

Year Produced: 2011
Directed By: Allan Brocka
Starring: Aaron Milo, Daniel Skelton, Chris Salvatore, michael vara
Language: English
Run Time: 80 min.
Rating: Not Rated
Amazon: Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2011)

Description

Zack and Benji open up their relationship for a weekend of fun at a gay resort in Palm Springs. After Zack runs into his ex-boyfriend Casey, Casey lies and tells him he met someone new to avoid Zack’s pity. When Casey reacquaints with an old high school friend, Peter, he manages to convince him to pretend to be his boyfriend despite Peter’s reluctance that it will interfere with his promiscuous weekend opportunities. As sexual tensions start to mount between Benji and Peter, Zack becomes increasingly dissatisfied with his relationship while Casey longs for a stable relationship of his own. A sexy and outrageous comedy, Eating Out: The Open Weekend serves up plenty of eye-candy and raunchy fun along with the pursuit of finding true love.

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Coming Soon: Kawa (2011)

Year Produced: 2011
Directed By: Katie Wolfe
Starring: Calvin Tuteao
Language: English/Closed Captions
Run Time: 77 min.
Rating: Not Rated
Amazon: Kawa (2011)
Wolf on Demand: http://muvi.es/w1745/36488

A powerful coming out movie, KAWA is a gorgeously cinematic drama that tells a transcendent tale of bravery, love, family and pride. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Witi Ihimaera (the writer of The Whale Rider), this deeply moving New Zealand drama has earned critical and popular acclaim on the LGBT film festival circuit and beyond. When successful businessman Kawa (the ruggedly handsome Calvin Tuteao) finds the courage to tell his wife and kids, his parents and his traditional Maori community that he’s gay the struggle he endures is not an easy one.

KAWA is a psychological drama of a family in crisis as Kawa, a successful Māori businessman in Auckland, New Zealand, is forced to reveal his lifelong secret that he is gay.



Kawa is the man who has everything. He’s a corporate high-flyer, being groomed to take over his prominent family’s company, properties and legacy. He and his beautiful wife Annabelle have two children –16-year-old Sebastian (Pana Hema-Taylor) and 7-year-old Miranda (Miriama Jane Devantier) – who he loves deeply. They live in an elegant house and all appears perfect in their world.

But Kawa has a secret. He is gay. He always has been. And he’s never shared his secret life with his wife or his family.

Kawa was brought up by his parents – Hamiora (George Henare) and Grace (Vicky Haughton) – and his whānau (‘family’) with a strong sense of duty, is a man of special gifts who is expected to lead his community, and moves easily within both Māori and Pākehā worlds.

Until recently Kawa has led a perfected double-life, but now his father Hamiora is retiring and ready to hand him the mantle of leadership. At the same time, his lover Chris is pushing for more recognition in Kawa’s life, no longer happy with keeping their relationship a secret.

As the film opens, Kawa has moved out of the family home. His wife is desperate to understand why – she knows the marriage is in trouble – and she wants to do whatever it takes to make things right. But Kawa is unable to talk about it. He hopes, instead, that he can continue to keep his life in separate compartments.

But when his lover arrives at the whānau celebration of his father’s birthday celebration, pressures intensify and Kawa realises that his life must change. And that many people will be hurt, including himself.
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Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley by S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet

I liked this book very much since it made a paranormal romance almost “normal”; Bastian is a newly made vampire, but he is so new and unprepared to the event that he is almost trying to convince himself it didn’t happen. Sure, growing an allergy to sun and long fangs don’t help him. And the drinking blood issue neither. But Bastian is still hoping it will go away, especially now that he is falling in love with Riley, and he wants to enjoy this new love like any other college kid.

The first part of the story is really sweet, from what I gather Bastian and Riley spent 10 months just “courting” each other, with nothing more sexual between them than a goodnight kiss. Riley is trying to go over a very bad past experience with an abusive boyfriend, and Bastian is trying to understand how to be in love with Riley without hurting him.

If I have to find a fault to this story is only one point, the reaction of Riley to Bastian’s revelation. My impression of Riley was of a spoiled kid, more worried about himself than their relationship. One example? Bastian has just told him he killed a man as soon as he was turned, and Riley almost doesn’t take notice of that. But as I said that is only a point, and maybe it was part of Riley’s character, something that well bond with how he will behave at the end of the story, and by the way it’s also something that gives deepness to Bastian’s character: more we find little faults in Riley, more it’s possible he will be able to accept Bastian and his changes, otherwise if Riley was really perfect, he would have been too uptight for him.

As I said, even if this is a paranormal story, it was mostly sweet and very much like a college romance. Actually Bastian could have been simply “ill”, allergic to sun, and his and Riley’s story would have been nice the same. I love the meetings in the coffee shops, the dinner and cinema dates, and even the first friends night with them ending playing a card game… it was all very young and pretty and yes, even a little preppy, but I really loved the whole thing.

http://www.stormmoonpress.com/books/Other-Side-of-Night-Bastian--Riley.aspx

Amazon: Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley
Amazon Kindle: Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press, LLC (September 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937058255
ISBN-13: 978-1937058258

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle


Cover Art by Nathie