Friday, March 16, 2012
Groovy Indie Films & Web Series: Gustavo Marçolla in Pink & Green
Since there are so many talented writers and directors with independent film and web series projects, I thought I would begin this new monthly feature in order to help promote a few of them and their current fundraising campaigns (click on a title to go to their IndieGoGo or Kickstarter page):
The Men Next Door
This new gay comedy from writer/director Rob Williams (Make the Yuletide Gay, Role/Play) and Guest House Films is about a 40-year-old gay man who finds himself dating two equally lovable men - a secure 50-year-old who came out later in life, and an adventurous 30-year-old who wasn't looking for a relationship. What he doesn't find out right away is that the two men are, in fact, father and son. And as they say, wackiness ensues.
Directed by Glenn Gaylord and written by David W. Ross, this new indie feature film tells the story of Jack Edwards (played by Ross), a British gay man living in New York. After his brother gets killed in a car crash, Jack is left to raise his niece with his sister-in-law Mya (Alicia Witt). He soon marries his best friend Ali (The Sopranos' Jamie Lynn Sigler) for a green card in a desperate attempt to keep his family together - but after he falls in love with a man, Jack's marriage of convenience starts to crumble.
Pink & Green
This short movie about love and equality tells the story of Mario, a Brazilian man living in Los Angeles with his American partner Adam. When Mario's work visa is not renewed, he sets out to find a wife so he can legally remain in the country - and his search takes him on a wild journey filled with comical and tragic situations (although this film has successfully raised its $3,000 fundraising goal with two days still remaining in its campaign, I couldn't resist featuring its handsome writer/producer/lead actor Gustavo Marçolla).
In Their Room - London
Directed by Travis Mathews, this on-going multi-city documentary series is about gay men, bedrooms and intimacy. The series veers into the bedrooms of men where you see them doing everything from the most banal to the sometimes more erotic. Complimenting the revealing nature of their everyday activities are confessional interviews about fantasies, turn-ons and vulnerabilities. Click here to watch Mathews' short film, I Want Your Love, which I featured last year on DEEP DISH.
Scrooge & Marley
Directed by Richard Knight, Jr. and Peter Neville, this modern day gay version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be shot in Chicago in May - and several actors are tentatively signed to the project, including Bruce Vilanch, Megan Cavanagh, Rusty Schwimmer and Ronnie Kroell (Bravo's Make Me a Supermodel, Eating Out: Drama Camp).
Written and directed by Elliot London, this film is about Brad, a 16-year-old gay student who is bullied in high school. He starts to think of drastic ways out, but then a new kid named Rob moves into town and befriends him. What follows is a story of friendship, coming out, first love and heartbreak in a world that revolves around YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Created by Pietro D'Alessio and Jef Phillips, this online soap opera is a return to the classic prime time soap opera of the 1980s with a daytime approach while stealing from the Christopher Guest type of film. The series is a fictionalized version of D'Alessio's own childhood, and it tells the story of two best friends who together navigate the scandals, secrets, betrayals and expectations of their small town, Proper. It's a modern day Peyton Place meets Dallas.
Directed by Sal Bardo, this film tells the story of Zachary Gold (Max Rhyser from the web series, In Between Men), a young high school teacher and the son of conservative immigrants who seeks solace in the gay bareback community.
Written and directed by Jeff Sumner, this comedic short film is about Nathan, a gay conservative English teacher named Nathan (played by Sumner) who is having dinner with his not-so-conservative friend Zach (Jason Boegh). When Zach accuses him of being prudish about sex, Nathan reveals a wild sexual encounter he had with a hot Latin man who loved to talk dirty.