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Ripped from the Headlines

Ripped from the Headlines

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE |  While the director and writer of “Beach Rats,” a critically acclaimed film, has said her story was inspired by her experience of attending high school with kids from South Brooklyn and spending time in that area, the plot is based entirely on the 2006 killing of a black gay man by four […]

Boardwalk Boys

Boardwalk Boys

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Frankie (Harris Dickinson), the main character in writer/ director Eliza Hittman’s phenomenal drama “Beach Rats,” doesn’t think of himself as gay but regularly cruises Brooklyn gay chat rooms. He cloaks himself in darkness on his webcam but is often persuaded to show more of his face and body. When Frankie wants […]