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How Philly Became Lower East Side Queen

How Philly Became Lower East Side Queen

BY GARY M. KRAMER | For two decades, Philly (aka Philly Abe) has been a muse for independent queer filmmaker Todd Verow. The performance artist and actress is an engaging presence on screen, often vibrantly costumed and spouting philosophies in an abrasive syle that makes viewers hang on every word. On January 7, Anthology Film Archives […]

Taking Risks, Following Dreams

Taking Risks, Following Dreams

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Todd Verow’s latest erotic, experimental video, “Available Light” is now available on DVD and through Vimeo, along with “Age of Consent,” his affectionate documentary about the London leather club the Hoist. In both films Verow presents a penetrating investigation of sex, fetishism, and gay subcultures. “Available Light” is a non-narrative feature […]

Sexual Frankness, Strong Documentaries & Queer Twists

Sexual Frankness, Strong Documentaries & Queer Twists

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The year in queer film got off to a great start in January with the release of arguably the best of 2014, Alain Guiraudie’s erotic, explicit, and irresistible thriller “Stranger by the Lake.” The film did not shrink from full frontal nudity, a trait strikingly shared by a number of […]

Gay Men Coming Together

Gay Men Coming Together

BY GARY M. KRAMER | NewFest, the New York LGBT Film Festival, runs this weekend and through Tuesday, and three of its more provocative films zero in on gay men’s sexuality and the sex they have. “I Always Said Yes” (July 28, 9 p.m.) is Jim Tushinski’s affectionate portrait of gay erotic art filmmaker Wakefield […]

When Full Frontal Is Demanded

When Full Frontal Is Demanded

BY GARY M. KRAMER | In his three appearances on screen in “Stranger by the Lake,” director Alain Guiraudie is seen lying balls-out naked on the beach. He displays his nudity casually, not unlike his film’s other characters. Here, art was imitating life. Guiraudie was familiar with the cruising spot and nude beaches depicted in “Stranger […]

When the Lover-Villains Play It for Lesbloitation

When the Lover-Villains Play It for Lesbloitation

BY GARY M. KRAMER | It’s a bit of a spoiler to reveal that Steven Soderbergh’s film “Side Effects” contains a surprise queer twist in which a lesbian couple tries to outwit the law. The reveal, though, is really so “Deathtrap” — and has a more damaging side effect than the film’s underlying “Will they or […]

Getting Bad With Todd Verow

Getting Bad With Todd Verow

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Todd Verow’s terrific intimate drama “Bad Boy Street” opens with Claude (Yann de Monterno) literally picking up a stranger named Brad (Kévin Miranda), who is passed out on the streets in Paris. The next day, the two men get to know each other and develop a strong romantic attachment. Brad, […]