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Revry celebrates LGBTQ love in all its rainbow hues with an exclusive festival: 10 Days of Valentine’s Brought To You By McDonald’s.
Feast on a selection of authentic and diverse love stories across a wide spectrum of representation about, by, and within our LGBTQ community.
The LGBTQ-first network has curated movies and series depicting multi-racial and multi-ethnic identities, including Asian American, Muslim, African American, community love stories as well as insight into transgender lives.
The team at Revry are dedicated to serving these diverse audiences which are growing in leaps and bounds annually (source: Samsung TV Plus viewers data).
The following programming will air and stream on Revry, the LGBTQ-first streaming media network on Samsung TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Comcast Xfinity, XUMO and more.
10 Days of Valentine’s Brought To You By McDonald’s - Schedule
Monday, February 7th at 6pm PST: Tuesday, February 8th at 6pm PST: “Eat with Me”
(Trailer) - When Emma moves in with her estranged, gay son, the pair must learn to reconnect through food where words fail, and face the foreclosure of the family's Chinese restaurant and a stubborn fear of intimacy.
Tuesday, February 8th at 6pm PST “Naz & Malik”
(Trailer)- Two closeted Muslim teens hawk goods across Brooklyn and struggle to come clean about their sexuality, as their secretive behavior leads them unknowingly into the cross-hairs of the war on terror.
Wednesday, February 9th at 5:50pm PST: “The 10 Year Plan”
(Trailer) - Best friends make a pact to be together in a decade if neither finds love. With two months left until their deadline, they both scramble to find someone to avoid being each other's last resort.
Thursday, February 10th at 6pm PST: “eCupid”
(Trailer) - A gay man nearing 30, and in a 7-year relationship rut, taps into an otherworldly Internet ad that starts omnisciently controlling his life.
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Friday, February 11th at 6pm PST: “To A More Perfect Union”
(Trailer) - To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor is a feature-length documentary that tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes -- octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax bill upon the death of her spouse because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples - and Edie's spouse was a woman.
Saturday, February 12th at 7pm PST: “A Sordid Wedding”
(Trailer) - An aunt and two sisters, one with a gay married son, decide to protest their church's "Anti-Equality Revival". Their Texas town needs a same-sex wedding.
Sunday, February 13th at 7pm: “Haymaker”
(Trailer) - An ex Thai boxer, Nick, loses his job as bouncer, when he beats up a man forcing himself on Nomi, a trans woman singer. She hires him as bodyguard. He returns to the gym.
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Monday, February 14th at 5pm PST: “Her Story”
(Trailer) - Her Story depicts the unique, complex, and very human women we see in queer communities.
Tuesday February 15th at 5pm PST: “Honeyglue”
(Trailer) - After learning she only has three months to live, Morgan flips her conservative protected life upside down. That is where she meets Jordan, a rebellious gender-defying artist, who takes her on the adventure of a lifetime.
Wednesday February 16th at 6pm PST: “Boy Meets Girl”
(Trailer) - Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.
Revry is the LGBTQ-first streaming media network with over 5,000 titles on free live TV, movies, series, news and exclusive Original programming. Its mission is to inspire exploration of LGBTQ content for the community and allies. Revry is led by a diverse founding team with technology, digital media, and LGBTQ advocacy experience. Revry reaches millions of global viewers on connected TV, Smart TV, OTT and mobile platforms including Samsung, Vizio, Roku, Apple, Comcast Xfinity, Cox Communications, Google, TiVo, and many others.
PrideArts has announced a four-week film festival of 32 short films from 13 countries that will begin on March 14.
The films will be shown over four separate programs of approximately ninety minutes per program, with each program streaming for one week. The first week of the festival will present 10 musical films from the US, Germany, Australia, Spain, and Botswana. They range from a music video of an original love song inspired by marriage activist Edie Windsor, through films that tell their stories through dance, others through song, a documentary about dancers, and some short but complete musicals. Themes of the second week’s films explore relationships at opposite ends of the age spectrum - from young love to a couple dealing with the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Some of the third week’s films explore prejudice and discrimination against people with queer identities. One film considers the challenges of sexual relations during the quarantine. Featured in the fourth and closing week of the festival are films concerned with identity and self-image as a queer person, challenges of romantic relationships, and a shocking film about a hate crime.
Access to each program of shorts in the PrideArts Fall Film Festival will be $10.00, which will grant viewing of the program or feature purchased for a full week – allowing audiences greater flexibility in viewing the films at their leisure.
Full festival passes for all four weeks are also available for $25.00. Tickets and more information are available here.
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PrideArts Spring International Short Film Festival
March 14 – April 11, 2022 Streaming Online
Spring Shorts Week 1 – Streaming March 14-21
A CIRCLE OF DIAMONDS (USA, 4:24). Directed by Michael Biello, Dan Martin, and B. Proud. Written by Michael Biello and Dan Martin.
An original song inspired by and featuring marriage activist Edie Windsor. Edie witnesses a musical scene where two young women reenact Thea’s proposal to her in the 1960’s - when marriage between 2 women was not an option. A celebration of the enduring power of love!
AT WATER'S EDGE (USA, 3:31). Directed by Sean Dorsey.
Featuring mesmerizing queer dance in watery coves and ocean edges, AT WATER'S EDGE is a short dance film by award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.
EAT THE RAINBOW (USA, 19:31). Directed by Brian Benson. Written by Brian Benson and H.P. Mendoza
A musical fable about an odd yet kind man named Bayani who moves into a conservative suburban neighborhood and disrupts the otherwise comfortable homogeneity. He doesn’t look or act like anyone else which causes fear and panic and eventually a demand for him to leave the neighborhood. Cousin Wonderlette befriends Bayani and together they take on the opposition led by manipulative and unscrupulous realtor Lobelia Gerber.
HOMO POL (Germany, 19:21) Directed by Amadeus Pawlica.
A short dance documentary film about nationality and identity with a focus on the situation of the LGBTQ+ community in Poland.
LOVE SONG (Australia, 16:00). Written and directed by Claire Marshall
A dance film that explores a story of a relationship in constant flux, where deception and emotional manipulation unfolds. Featuring contemporary dancers Richard Causer and Anthony Trojman as two men in the relationship, LOVE SONG is presented in a parallel, split-screen structure, highlighting two aspects of a relationship occurring concurrently.
SEBASTIENNE (Spain, 10:12). Written and directed by José Alberto Andrés Lacasta.
The arrival of a mysterious engraving about Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian at the Historic Palace of the Aljafería (Zaragoza) awakens the spirit of its old inquisitors, reviving the invincible designs of guilt and desire.
THE SIXTH BOROUGH (USA, 12:00). Directed by Morgan Marcell, Written by Reed Luplau.
Aiden is a young and introverted man who deals with the consequences of not facing his truth. When his relationship is in jeopardy, how far will Aiden go to risk his placid life to find a world that will welcome him for who he truly is?
THE SPACE BETWEEN US (USA, 6:00). Directed by Gabriel Diamond.
Sarah Crowell and Keith Hennessey are both dancers, teachers, and activists in the Bay Area. They have known each other for nearly 30 years. But they’ve never collaborated or connected deeply, until now. The Space Between Us is a radical experiment in the power of bearing witness, inviting vulnerability, and sharing movement, in a time of social distancing and racial reckoning.
UNDERCOVER (USA, 4:24). Directed by Razieme Iborra, Written by Ching Kai Wang.
Jake Frost gets personal on what it feels like to fall in love with his straight best friend. The pain of unrequited love exacerbates as Frost emanates the harsh reality of being in the closet.
UNSPOKEN (Botswana, 7:04). Directed by William Armstrong.
World-class contemporary choreographer Paul Lightfoot (Artistic Director of the Netherlands Dance Theatre) lost his father during the pandemic. Not permitted into the hospital to say goodbye, he began working with a Danish dancer remotely to create a performance that processes the emotions he and many have shared worldwide.
Spring Shorts Week 2 – Streaming March 21 -28, 2022
ALZHEIMER'S: A LOVE STORY (USA, 15:00). Directed by Gabe Schimmel, Monica Petruzzelli, Riani Singgih, Amanda Le.
Alzheimer's: A Love Story follows Greg and Michael as they struggle with a disease eradicating the memory of their relationship 40+ years in the making.
ON A PATH (Israel, 17:47). Written and directed by Lihi Lubetkin
Nitzan (16) is an introverted teenager that has always felt invisible to society. One day Neomi (20) the girlfriend of Nitzan’s brother Erez (20), invited her to join them for an overnight trip, an invitation that led Nitzan down a path of self-discovery.
PERFECT FIRST DATE (USA, 11:14). Written and directed by Kyle Hamlin.
20-year-old Kelsie is nervous to go on her first date with Dylan. Dylan is suave and seemingly knows all the right things to say. When secrets are admitted, will they ruin this perfect first date?
PUSSY CRUISING (Germany, 7:30). Written and Directed by Masa Zia Lenardic, Anja Wutej.
What would cruising among lesbians look like? Cruising seems to be a normal part of the gay culture and we all know scenes from famous gay films where men cruise in parks or other public spaces. At the same time, cruising is barely practised among lesbians. Why? Pussy Cruising tackles this topic in a humorous way and takes you on a flirtatious journey between vibrant fantasy and mundane reality.
RESTORE (USA, 6:18). Written and Directed by Vyky Saiz
A post-apocalyptic, sci-fi drama about the last man on earth. Jason employs holographic tech to recreate a special memory with his partner, Brian. But, to rebuild the old world, he must put back all of the pieces.
SCAR (Germany, 9:50). Written and directed by William Jackson Stewart.
Two strangers meet in a ride share and spend an evening together they'll both never forget.
SHOW YOUR HUE (Ecuador. 2:38). Directed by Mayra Doménica Montesdeoca Carvajal
Chloe, a woman focused on her work and with no space in her life for love, decides to put everything aside to reunite with her soul mate.
THE ELEVATOR (Canada, 12:13). Written and Directed by Victor Santos.
After moving to his new apartment, Gabriel meets Sam, this charming neighbor who is the opposite of him, in the building elevator. After they have crossed to each other in the elevator a few times, Gabriel has to overcome his shyness and insecurities to call his new neighbor out.
WORKWEAR (USA, 5:20). Written and directed by Emily Everhard. A corporate consultant by day and a drag queen by night, Jebreel’s worlds collide as he prepares for a show and must answer to his demanding boss. A Columbia University short film.
Spring Shorts Week 3 – March 28 – April 4, 2022
GETTING CLOSER (USA, 6:16). Written and directed by Ethan Roberts.
Two stoned boyfriends navigate unexpected vulnerability (as well as the giggles) while attempting to get off. A micro-budget chamber piece, GETTING CLOSER utilizes the immediacy of iPhone cinematography to explore modern intimacy and what it takes to get there.
IDENTIBYE (Islamic Republic of Iran, 15:00). Written and Directed by Sajjad Shahhatami.
The protagonist of the story faces a dilemma of choosing between sense and sensibility regarding one's innermost feelings. He has been judged from the very beginning by the ones closest to him. The fear of these never-ending judgments fills him with doubt and he has to work against the clock to achieve his goal as he knows that one's true identity is what matters most to them.
REFLECT (Finland, 15:44). Written and directed by Lotte Laitinen
Mirva and Salla, each other’s first loves, meet for the first time in twenty years. The feelings they tried to hide from each other as teenagers seem to still spark, so Mirva decides to confess her love to Salla hoping that the feeling is mutual. But has adulthood made things any easier than they were twenty years ago?
SEXUAL DISTANCING (Greece, 16:35). Written and directed by Dimitris Asproloupos.
Two guys, one deadly virus, a city in quarantine and a lot of sexual desperation.
TAREK (Spain, 9:16). Directed by Anatael Pérez. Written by Anatel Pérez, Cris Marín, Ágata Bentancort, Altair Jorge Leiros, Miguel Cruz, and Eduardo Zerolo.
Four teenagers of different sexual orientation tell their experience at a party where they met a boy named Tarek. The four testimonies reveal a very deep connection between the characters, who despite their differences have experienced similar situations. "Tarek" talks about how people belonging to the LGTBI collective suffer discrimination and rejection due to their sexual condition.
THE BODIES OF SIEGFRIED (Chile,12:00). Written and directed by Emilio Rodríguez.
Siegfried is an artist who is in the midst of a gender transition. The documentary ponders about the relationship between his sexuality and his work, through a visual exploration of it, questioning the limits between art and pornography.
TRASHED (Canada, 13:12). Directed by Kate Johnston, Written by Joanne Vannicola.
With nowhere to go after a vicious homophobic attack, Jay finds their way to an abandoned house they once lived in as a teenager.
Spring Shorts Week 4 – Streaming April 4-11, 2022
ELECTRICITY (USA, 17:44). Written and directed by Aaron Schoonover.
Two friends reunite after a year apart, only to be caught in the middle of a summer blackout. The power is out but the electricity between them is undeniable.
MIDNIGHT RHYTHMS (USA, 15:50). Written and directed by Quincy Woo.
In this conceptual, poetic narrative, a young gay man struggles with his sexual identity and spirals into the world of drunken facades and midnight afterthoughts, questioning who he is and if he's willing to take the risk to be his truest self where others can see.
PRIVATE LIFE (USA, 22:10). Written and directed by Aleksei Borovikov.
When Eric, a young reclusive photographer, secretly follows his boyfriend Chris into the mountains, he hopes to find answers about Chris’s fidelity. Instead, Eric finds a deeper connection to himself and to Chris just as they fall prey to a stranger who targets them, a tragedy that changes Eric forever. Private Life is inspired by an actual hate crime.
THE WASHING MACHINE (Spain, 6:30). Written and directed by Diane Malherbe.
To start a washing machine is not so easy for everyone. You still have to choose the right program...
TRUTHLESS (China, 27:14). Written and directed by Badou Zhao.
Transgender stand-up comedian Lady Lin has been using her identity as the punchline in performances to acquire attention, yet she is discontented with her approach. One day, her estranged older brother shows up, informing her of their mother’s recent death. His appearance brings back the pain she suffered when she was disowned by their parents seven years ago. Her loneliness pierces through her glamorous facade. Touched, she decides to visit her hometown, only to learn the truth - her parents lied to everyone that she had died years ago to conceal her identity. Disillusioned, she turns around and leaves resolutely. Lin’s only hope of reconciliation with her family is through the self-deceptive fantasies she performs onstage.
UNTIL TOMORROW (USA, 10:13). Written and directed by Ian Graham.
While stuck in a time loop at a party, a college student repeatedly falls in love with a boy that can never remember him.
PrideArts tells queer stories on a variety of platforms, including both live and virtual performances. Since its founding in 2010, PrideArts has had several chapters, including operating as an itinerant theater for their first six seasons, and as the developer and primary tenant in the Pride Arts Center from 2016-21.
The company produces a full season of plays and musicals, as well as events including cabaret, film, and more. PrideArts has earned 39 Jeff Awards and nominations, and six nominations in the most recent (2019) ALTA Awards from the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Programming has reflected the diversity of queer communities by including work made by and illuminating the experiences of women, gay men, transgender people, and BIPOC.
PrideArts is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago’s City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, The Pauls Foundation, The Heath Fund, The Service Club of Chicago, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation, Arts and Business Council, and Alphawood Foundation.
PrideArts is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. PrideArts is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Northalsted Business Association, Lakeview East, Uptown United, and The League of Chicago Theatres.
For more information and to donate, visit www.pridearts.org
Real-life couple Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro premiered their new film "Am I OK?" at the Sundance Film Festival this year. This subtle one-third-life crisis comedy hits on a lot of serious identity issues while still being funny and uplifting.
Dakota Johnson and Sonoya Mizuno play Lucy and Jane respectively. Their friendship has spanned over many years and has provided them both comfort during their fun-loving twenties. But as each of them realizes that their thirties will involve more adulting, a fissure in their relationship soon develops.
First, Jane's career has finally gained her enough experience for a huge promotion overseas, and Lucy, who's still figuring out where she fits, progresses through life in a sort of limbo between self-realization and denial. The latter is further exacerbated by Jane's overbearing control issues.
Since it happens early in the film, it's no spoiler to reveal that Lucy is going through a self-identity sexuality crisis. She doesn't really connect with men and even though deep-down she knows why, it's only recently come to the surface after shunning a really nice guy who some would call "relationship material."
After a heart-to-heart confession to Jane about her sexuality, Lucy struggles with that epiphany, dealing with the arrested development of her closeted life over the past 25 years. But Jane remains supportive, perhaps overly so as she pushes Jane to immediately get out there and "touch vagina" which is just another example of her superintendence of the friendship.
As these two characters grow up, they find out that things, in order to change, must evolve, and with that old characteristics must molt. The cognitive dissonance going on with them individually sours their collective force and old roles become collateral damage. Whether this destroys their dynamic for good is for you, the viewer to find out.
Dakota Johnson plays Lucy in "Am I Ok?"Sundance Film Festival
"Am I OK?" isn't as heavy as the above synopsis feels. This film at its heart is a sort of backward engineered romantic comedy about friendships and how they evolve over time. Standing up to the person who knows you best is not easy, but essential.
The chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Sonoya Mizuno is impeccable, and the material they are given to work with is top-notch. Tig and Allynne direct these characters succinctly, but with enough broad strokes to make them precocious yet vulnerable.
Johnson is such a lovable presence. There is no way you could come away from this film without looking into her oeuvre for other works. She is actually in another film, "Cha Cha Real Smooth," premiering at Sundance, and praise for her in that film is even richer.
What Johnson gives Lucy in "Am I OK?" is a quiet voice and pensive countenance. She comes from the bloodline of Hollywood elite; her mother is Melanie Griffith and her grandmother is Tippi Hedren. Just like those women, Johnson delivers a naïveté, but so grounded that you know by the end her years of denial were simply a part of her destiny.
Sonoya Mizuno isn't letting Johnson steal the show. Her Jane is just as insecure but doesn't wear it on her sleeve. In fact, it's just the opposite. She's believably pushy and overbearing yet somehow still inspiring.
This being a Gloria Sanchez Productions film it could have gone the silliness route like with their "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar," or even in satirical, dramatic ways as in Ridley Scott's "Thelma in Louise." But thankfully Lauren Pomerantz's excellent script isn't full of folly and everything feels relatable and fresh.
One trick the writer has in store for you is making you feel as though you know where this story is going from the beginning, and you might be wrong. In its final third, both Jane and Lucy have leveled up in both maturity and confidence. They have become better friends because they have accepted parts of themselves only the other could extract.
"Am I OK?" is a thoughtful comedy with enough respect for its audience to not punch down on its subject matter for laughs. Instead, you will laugh because these characters are so likable and so flawed that their interactions are relatable. We all have that one best friend who knows everything about us. It's those friends who know us better than we know ourselves and no matter how much we want to deny it, have helped mold us into the people we are today.
"Am I OK?" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2022.
Meet the Artist: Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne on "Am I Ok?" www.youtube.com
For decades the I Love Lucy show has been soothing an increasingly hostile world with its brand of slapstick, witty zingers, and physical comedy. Once you hear that iconic theme song you immediately stop what you're doing and settle in for a half-hour of genius situational comedy starring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.
Their characters were meta even before that term was a buzzword because they were both married in real-life and the audience subscribed to the idea that they were getting a glimpse into their off-screen lives. What they didn't know is that their assumptions were only partly true.
Arnaz and Ball weren't as foolish as they appeared on television, but they were just as much in love.
Amy Poehler's new documentary Lucy and Desi, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, explores this archetypal couple both on and off-screen, focusing more on the latter than the former. It is a glowing tribute and deserves to be seen by everyone who likes television history, show business, or a classic love story.
The documentary is a patchwork of Lucy and Desi's personal tape recordings, home movies, old interviews, and talks with family, celebrities, and entertainment historians. It's successful in breaking the fourth wall and letting us see beyond the soundstage and what it took to make the world's most famous television show.
In the beginning, Lucy wanted to be a serious actress. Her roles were in B-movies, doing comedy just wasn't in her plans. That all changed when she starred in a film called Too Many Girls. It was on the set of that movie when she met Desi; they both fell in love.
SUNDANCE 2022 - "Lucy & Desi" with Amy Poehler youtu.be
One of the great things Poehler does is provide her audience with as many archival mediums as she can find at each point in the story. At one moment during the movie, Lucy and Desi have decided to get a divorce after a painful trip to Paris. There's color film footage of Ball looking disheveled and depleted as she walks toward the camera. You can see in her eyes and mannerisms this was the end.
But before everything went south, the power couple built an entertainment empire. With Desi's ability to produce and Lucy's knack for comedy, the duo was able to create the greatest sitcom ever known. Upon that, they started the Desilu Studios and produced megahit shows such as Star Trek and Mission Impossible.
Through it all, they managed to have two children and sustain an amicable relationship even though things got rocky near the end. Desi admits in the film that he has no self-control, he simply lacks it. He says he wishes he had some because that would make his life easier, but alas it is his Achille's heel.
For those who question the veracity of Nicole Kidman's portrayal of Lucy in Amazon Primes pseudo-bio "Being the Ricardos" Poehler's film makes clear that Lucy wasn't the absent-minded housewife she played on television. Away from the set, the redhead was "hard-edged." This is confirmed by both her daughter and others involved with Desilu.
Being "difficult" is what they labeled women back then who were trying to infiltrate the tight barricades of a hyper-masculine Hollywood. Women couldn't become CEOs, women couldn't have artistic merit behind the screen. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford touches on this in a famous Pepsi-Cola boardroom scene from her film Mommie Dearest.
Unlike Crawford, Ball is portrayed here as a boss with the tenacity, but not the skill set to run a studio. Carol Burnett jokes in the film that once Lucy became the first woman to run the world's biggest independent film studio, "that's when they added an 's" to her [last] name."
In the end, Lucy and Desi is an arc about love, art, and loss. These two people were everything you saw on television, and nothing like what you saw on television. They had a symbiotic relationship that thrived in the ecosystem of Tinseltown. Their story isn't as tragic as you think. And thankfully, it still lives on.
Thanks to Poehler and her adoration for these two trailblazers, it makes clear everything you see is not always in black and white.
If you want to watch this exquisite documentary you won't have to wait long, Lucy and Desi will premiere on Prime Video on March 4, 2022.