Years ago, I was lucky enough to write a video review column in the local paper. It eventually got canned. My column – the paper has its own issues. But like most writers, I was trying to find a niche. I went after every remotely indie movie I could find. That’s about the time every studio created a mini-Indie shingle to say they too are “indie.” What you saw were a lot of the same thing, but cheaper. So, I looked harder and harder. Here’s the lesson I learned from that: there are a lot of gay movies out there. For whatever reason, Hollywood didn’t want to put their name on gay movies for a long time. Except when they did (hurray, Philadelphia is gay, boo it’s also not great) — or when they denied it was gay. (Tony Curtis is so gay in Spartacus)
In my mind, the best Indie films however tend to follow follow two tracks: those desperate to say something unique or those who are desperately trying to talk to someone who isn’t seeing anything. There are plenty of people saying something with no money, but let’s be honest those Indie are hit or miss. Somewhere along the way, I saw GO FISH from Guinevere Turner. I think that’s when I learned the term lipstick lesbian, and my frustration with women multiplied.
Anyway, I’m trying to use this blog to point out some places you can find neat movies you may not have heard of. Guess what – there’s a lot of gay movies there still. Because they still want to hear about their life and their experience.
I ventured over to YouTube to see if all the “feature films” they claim to have available are just bargain bin Hollywood muckity-muck or if a small time filmmaker could find a place for themselves. I’m sure there’s a series of interviews in there to find out if anyone is making a buck, but for now you can at least find their movies. And what I found was WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
Shot in Philadelphia (coincidence?), this sweet romantic comedy features some faces you’ll recognize (Wendie Malick – you’ll know when you see her) and a story you’ll enjoy. Well maybe you will. I haven’t watched the movie yet – this is more of a trailer blog not a movie blog – so as always I say, check out the trailer and see what you think. The whole thing is available at YouTube and Amazon for $3.99.