Saturday, February 16, 2008

Queer as Film 2008

Who says there's a dearth of gay-themed films? One just has to know where to look for them (art houses, film festivals, DVD stores). Here's a rundown of the latest queer cinema coming soon in 2008:
  • Todd Stephens' Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!, currently in post, is eyeing a summer release. Hope you weren't too attached to the original cast though; only Jonah Blechman (as Nico) returns.
  • See what Dancing With the Stars can do to you? Former 90210-er Ian Ziering plays Heather Graham's gay obstetrician in Baby on Board.
  • Rev. Troy Perry, the founder of the first church to recognize the spiritual needs of the gay community, is the focus of the documentary Call Me Troy.
  • A Four Letter Word, a rom com starring Dante's Cove's Charlie David, will hit theaters in March.
  • Eytan Fox's Gad will tell the true story of Gad Beck, sort of a gay Jewish Oskar Schindler.
  • Some people aren't too happy about certain changes made to Michael Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh in its journey from the page to the screen.
  • Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom is the unlikely title of the big screen spin-off of the popular LOGO television series.
  • Check out the new trailer for Shelter, the gay surfer love story starring Brad Rowe.
  • Never thought I'd say this, but Smiley Face is Gregg Araki's new ... comedy?
  • Coffee Date director Stewart Wade's latest, Tru Loved, focuses on the teenage daughter of lesbian parents who wants to set up her high school's first Gay-Straight Alliance. Gay faves Jane Lynch, Bruce Vilanch and Alec Mapa co-star in the dramedy, which recently screened at the Sedona International Film Festival, along with two more documentaries, Water Flowing Together and Semper Fi, One Marine's Journey.
  • The influential queer graffiti artist is spotlighted in the documentary The Universe of Keith Haring.
  • And finally: Wild Reeds director André Téchiné's new film, The Witnesses, set in France during the dawn of the AIDS crisis, is currently playing in limited engagements.
UPDATE: Somebody's getting married in the Noah's Arc movie: the definition of "jumping the broom".

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