With the Frameline Film Festival coming up next month (and June starts tomorrow), I was searching around for some of my favorite DVDs and came up with quite a few options and at bargain prices. Many of the bargain titles have played various gay film festivals over the years.
At Wolfe Video, you can find tons of discounted movies to have your own festival.
“Big Eden” is a beautiful love story set in rural town that almost seems too good to be true as no one in this small town has a problem with homosexuality – and it ain’t the Russian River or Palm Springs. It also is a great movie if you like movies with cooking and food. Yummy on many counts.
One of my favorite documentaries is also on sale. “The Butch Factor.” It explores the many layers and levels of masculinity in homosexuality. Another title, “From Beginning to End” captivates from the start with its tell of forbidden love among siblings.
On the campier side, “Broadway Damage” was a big winner at Outfest years ago about finding love in the gay community. It also stars Mara Hobel, who got the crap beat out of her with a wire hanger in “Mommie Dearest” as the young Christine.
Also, “Making Love” is on sale and this is one of the first mainstream movies about gay life. It was so taboo that big Hollywood stars turned it down. Harry Hamlin survived his same-sex on-screen kiss and since Kate Jackson and Michael Ontkean were never really movie stars, their careers didn’t suffer either.
Check out these movies and other gay offerings at www.wolfevideo.com.
TLA Releasing also has a few gay bargain treasures.
“Gone: The Disappearance of Aeryn Gillern” will likely haunt me until the day I die. I probably should now finally buy it as it’s only $9.99. Aeryn is from upstate New York and went on to be Mr. Gay Austria. One day he disappears and the documentary follows his police officer mother to Austria who tries to solve the mystery on her own, running into prejudice and apathy because she’s a woman and he is gay. The is spine-tingling and I see this as a feature film project for the Coen Brothers starring Francie McDrmand!! A MUST!!!!
Their bargain bin also includes the two seasons of the UK “Queer as Folk” series. I actually prefer the American version, but for $9.99 a season you can’t get a better deal for a TV series. It also shows some different directions the Brits took vs. the Americans in the outcome of some of its characters.
If you want camp and don’t mind used, TLA offers “The Gay Deceivers.” I too may have to breakdown and buy this one as it is truly campy and a time capsule for the late 1960s, when two straight men pretend to be gay in order to avoid the war.
Check out these deals and more at www.tlagay.com.