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“THEM” An Original Docu-Series for Trans Day of Remembrance

THEM”

An Original Docu-Series for Trans Day of Remembrance

Amos Lassen

Revry, the first global LGBTQ+ TV network, debuts its newest original, Them, a docu-series focusing on the “T” in LGBTQIA+ in observance of today’s Trans Day of Remembrance 2020.  Them provides inspirational and uplifting stories from people within the trans / gender non-conforming community.

 

“The euphoria of feeling aligned in your body and your mind…” Kai Wes, actor/producer, identifies as non-binary and trans-masculine. “That is a real privilege if you’ve never experienced that discomfort. And that’s why it’s so, so important to understand that transitioning is more than just about physicality.”

 

The dynamic three episode docu-series illuminates and uplifts the colorful gender spectrum as well as the non-binary/transgender community in all the glory they represent. Appealing to outsiders, allies and non-trans members of the LGBTQIA+ alike, Themenlightens the subject because it comes from the perspective of the trans/non-binary community themselves.

 

“Much of the LGBTQ community is represented but within that, the “T” is so underrepresented.” Irish-Italian queer pop sensation FLAVIA orchestrated the docu-series on set for her latest music video, “Them”. “Trans people have the highest number of homelessness and unemployment…and people just don’t know.”

 

“Trans Day of Remembrance is such an important moment of reflection–especially in light of the present threats to the health, safety, and freedoms of trans and non-binary people,” says Revry co-founder and Chief Business Officer, Christopher J. Rodriguez, Esq., “As a diversely queer-owned and operated network, Revry is honored to share these raw true stories of the trans experience with the world to help foster understanding, acceptance, and empathy.”

Hand on your chest teach me how to respect your figure – Flavia, Them 
One in five transgender individuals have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives and more than one in four transgender people have lost a job due to bias and discrimination. The Trevor Project also tells us that 40% of transgender adults reported have made a suicide attempt, most attempts being made before the age of 25. Knowing that the LGBTQI+ youth are struggling today in our society, what can we do about it?

 

“I think it’s important for kids to see the trans and non binary experience in the media and see it as something positive, something to look forward to.” Sara Stanger identifies as transgender and non-binary. “I do believe a lot of it has to do with how they are seeing it in the media.”

In an effort to help youth around the world feel less alone, FLAVIA sought out trans and non-binary supportive art and artists to include in the series. “I looked for art. Trans supportive art – and I couldn’t find it. Because it’s not that they don’t exist, it’s that the media doesn’t cover them enough.”

 

This uplifting three-part series was directed and edited by Basil Mironer, captured on set of FLAVIA’s music video, “Them.” The video is is a colorful, evocative number choreographed by Carlena Britch and features close to 50 individuals who all identify as trans, gender non-conforming, or non-binary.

 

FLAVIA explains, “I wrote “Them” based on a relationship I had was with someone who identified as trans-masculine and non-binary. I learned through their openness how powerful language truly is, and how impactful a word choice can be for someone. Whether it’s delineating between the use of ‘chest’ instead of ‘breasts’, or using someone’s correct pronouns, it can be the tiniest shift in our language that makes someone feel seen, validated and respected.  “Them” is intended to be inclusive of the entire trans/gender nonconforming/non-binary community. My hope was that “Them” could help uplift the voices of the T in LGBTQ+ that is so often wildly underrepresented in popular media.”

 

Them, the docu-series premieres today, November 20th, on-demand for free on Revry at watch.revry.tv.

Ask me who I’m with, I’m with them; body was a woman now a real gentleman; don’t need a label when I’m lying on your skin; ask me who I’m with, I’m with them. – FLAVIA, “Them

 

*Support from Trans Wellness Center, Trans Chorus LA, LGBTQ Center LA, SRLP (Silvia Rivera Law Project), Billboard, Freeform, Vents, Flaunt, Grimy Goods, Earmilk, Ladygunn

 

*Support from major influencers: ALOK, Mads Paige, Jacob Tobia, Zackary Drucker, Kai Wes

 

 

ABOUT REVRY

 

Watch Queer TV 24/7 with the first LGBTQ+ digital cable TV network. Revry offers free live TV channels and on-demand viewing of its global library featuring LGBTQ+ movies, shows, music, podcasts, news, and exclusive originals all in one place! Revry is currently available globally in over 250+ million households and devices and on seven OTT, mobile, and Desktop platforms. Revry can also be viewed on nine live and on-demand channels and Connected TVs including: The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity X1, Dell, XUMO TV, Zapping TV, STIRR, TiVo+, and as the first LGBTQ+ virtual reality channel on Rad (available on PlayStation devices). The company–an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Black and LatinX Cohort–is headquartered in Los Angeles and led by a diverse founding team who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @revrytv, Revry.tv

 

“GHOSTS OF THE RÉPUBLIQUE”—Starting a Family

“GHOSTS OF THE RÉPUBLIQUE”

Starting a Family

Amos Lassen

“Ghosts of the République” directed by Jonathon Narducci is a documentary film that tells the story of a newlywed gay couple in France who are forced to break French law during their journey to have a child. With no support from the government, Nicolas and Aurelien turned to the U.S. to have a baby through a surrogate. Their surrogate gave birth to a healthy baby girl on October 15th, but the future of their unborn baby’s life is unknown. When confronted by France’s conservative surrogacy laws, the two men decided to use their last option by coming to Las Vegas to start a family of their own through international surrogacy. Through one family, this film shows the lengths that many gay couples go to have children and at the same time highlights the controversial surrogacy industry.

Adoption and surrogacy are outlawed in many countries. The system is complicated, unregulated, and very expensive. But for some couples, it’s their only hope. In addition to bringing their baby back to France, Nicolas and Aurelien must face the very real possibility that their baby will not be recognized as their own, or even as a citizen, when they return home. “Ghosts of the République”  brings us the story of the modern families that are being created every day around the world. We look at commercial surrogacy, the technological advancement, its regulation, and the emotional investment of “hope”. The film gained inside access to every step of the process to have a child via surrogate, from selecting an egg donor through the birth of the child to give us an exclusive look into an international surrogacy at such a crucial moment in the lives of Nicolas and Aurelien and in global history.

Thejourney began back in 2004 when the couple first met in Paris, France. They were married in France on July 5, 2014. They knew from the beginning that they wanted to start a family, but their options were limited. Today, Nicolas & Aurelien live in France with their daughter.

This film documents a critical time in history and engages provocative subject matter. Those involved are passionate, and often polarized about the topic making it difficult to present the topic. We get multiple perspectives and begin to understand the risks involved.

In theory same-sex couples in France are allowed by law to adopt children, but the reality is that no-one will facilitate that. There are militant so-called pro-family groups that make it difficult in both society and the French Parliament to make sure  that the odds are stacked against us.Surrogacy is also not a possibility since France is one of many countries who have made this illegal.  There have been no in depth study of the physiological and medical effects of surrogacy,  but there are those who espouse very negative symptoms and the danger that can be caused to both donor and child.

This does not affect Aurelien and Nicolas’s determination, and with their own families’ support and encouragement, they go to Las Vegas and the camera trails them everywhere. They decided that there should both be an egg donor and a surrogate and in this way they reasoned as it would not  actually be the surrogate’s own baby , they would be less risk of her bonding and not wanting to allow them to take the baby.

The fertility clinic and all the people involved are there to help but the cost is great.  They chose both the egg donor and surrogate an even though this strictly a business arrangement they soon develop bonds with both women.

The actual pregnancy is not smooth and the possibilities of their daughter being denied entry or even worse. It is even possible that she will be taken away from them at the airport. Because theFrench Government refuse to recognize surrogate children born abroad, they are stateless— the Ghosts of the République. Even though they realize their dream, their story is not finished.

 

“FAHRENHEIT 9/11”— Michael Moore on the War Against Terror

“FAHRENHEIT 9/11”

Michael Moore on the War Against Terror

Amos Lassen

When George W. Bush took office as the President of the United States is where “Fahrenheit 9/11” begins. The relationship the Bush family and certain Saudis goes back for decades, culminating in members of the bin Laden family mysteriously flying from the U.S. when all other air traffic was grounded directly after September 11. There are strange parallels between the black sheep of each clan who were somehow determined to both subvert and outdo the family patriarch at each turn.

Saudi money helped prop up the younger Bush’s failed business attempts, and Moore reveals that another fellow who washed out of Junior’s Air National Guard unit later became lawyer for bin Laden’s looking to invest in the Texas oil patch. Was this coincidence? It was if you think Dick Cheney’s stint as head of Halliburton had nothing to do with the reconstruction and supply company being made ready for war.

Director Michael Moore is relatively disciplined here as he adheres to areas like Bush senior’s ongoing work on behalf of the Saudis and against American interests.

There’s much discuss, or even argue with in the film; Moore’s treatment of the Patriot Act and its trashing of civil liberties is cursory, especially for a film whose title evokes book-burning. However, the portrait it draws of W as a pampered, calculating fool is unforgettable. The film’s single most damning image, in fact, is of nothing–or, more precisely, of Bush doing nothing for a full seven minutes after being informed that a second plane has slammed into the World Trade Center. Network news footage from the day catches him biting his lip and staring into space.

The film nearly didn’t come out with Miramax owners Disney threatening to prevent its distribution, an action which Moore ascribed to political conspiracy and which others noted made a nice pile of money for the parent company when it finally sold its controversial property. “Fahrenheit 9/11” is all about politics and money and never makes any secret of its left wing agenda. Many people go to see it simply for this reason. It was always going to be a big statement. It is also a good film in its own right.

The difference between this film and other documentaries on the War Against Terror is summed up by its coverage of the events of the 11th of September 2001 themselves. These are played out against a black screen; we’ve all already seen the pictures— we only have is the soundtrack of screaming, frightened, confused people, which hits a lot harder as a result. Later footage concentrates on human reactions rather than on the event itself.

Moore’s focus is on the climate of fear experienced by Americans in the aftermath of violence. Most of the snide remarks and ridiculing of public naivete are gone. Moore came to terms with the fact that people can disagree with him and still be worthy of sympathy, and this enables him to feature powerful interviews, including that at the emotional heart of the film, with a woman whose lifelong commitment to her country right or wrong is shaken by her personal encounter with the ugliness of war.

Moore does not mention factors which run against his argument (making it easy for opponents to cut him down. Some of the archival footage we see, has been suppressed by the US media. People may find that images of American corpses upset them in a different way, and likewise the images of Iraqi children injured in the conflict. Visuals like this, running alongside Moore’s well-documented collection of links between US government officials, arms and oil companies, and the Saudi Arabian regime will probably win over some of those who previously disagreed with him. These are supported by clips of George W Bush behaving like an imbecile that contribute little to the political debate.

“Fahrenheit 9/11” balances intensive lists of facts and figures with largely visual sequences, carefully chosen music and some touching human moments. Despite the weight of its subject matter, the film has plenty of energy and keeps a sense of humor. For once, Moore manages not to let his personal sense of outrage overshadow the opinions expressed by his interview subjects and the film is strongest when these interviews, and the archive footage, tell their own story. Astute pacing means that the film grips most of the way through. In some ways it’s frustrating to see closely related issues ignored, this was an awful lot to take on and extreme editing was necessary. This is quite an example of how to make a documentary film work both as a political tool and as a piece of cinema.

SPECIAL FEATURES: 

  Featurette: ”The Release of Fahrenheit 9/11” 

  Montage: The People of Iraq on the Eve of Invasion

  New Scene: ”Homeland Security, Miami Style”

  Outside Abu Ghraib Prison

  Eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq

  Extended Interview: More with Abdul Henderson

  Lila Lipscomb at the Washington, D.C. Premiere

  Arab-American Comedians – Their acts and experiences after 9/11

  Condoleezza Rice’s 9/11 Commission Testimony

  George W. Bush’s Rose Garden press briefing after 9/11 Commission Appearance

  Original Theatrical Trailer

 

BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS”—Fate’s Decision

“BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS”

Fate’s Decision

Amos Lassen

A body found on a beach, a sauna employee, an unscrupulous customs officer, a pawnbroker and a bar hostess should never have met but fate decided otherwise by placing on their route a bag full of money, which reverses their destinies. “Beasts Clawing at Straws” is a Korean film told in the non-linear way about characters that are going to meet all because of a bag full of money. 

Director Kim Yong-hoon’s first feature film is a néo-noir comedy and a very dark film. We meet see  folks who are going to turn to criminal activities because they are consumed with greed and the criminal who will stop at nothing to get the bag full of money. Eight people, who seemingly have nothing in common, cross paths, linking their destinies with this bag of money. There are  some ludicrous situations and a touch of humor. It all starts with a man desperate to catch a break in life while he works at a dead-end job, deals with an arrogant boss and cares for his sick mom who finds a bag full of cash with seemingly no strings attached. But the bag has an owner and there are several more who want to get their hands on it. With so many invested in finding the bag at any cost, there’s bound to be a trail of bodies and a web of lies left behind.

The ensemble cast is superb in every way, the numerous storylines come and there is no shortage of surprises. The beginning seems cluttered but this is dictated by the complexity of the plot and I was intrigued from beginning to end. I had no advance idea ofwhat to expect and I was totally entertained and involved in the plot.

The Louis Vuitton bag is first found by Joong-man (Bae Seong-woo who is clearly down on his luck who has to work at the reception desk in a modest hotel sauna. Although he seems like an honest fellow, the temptation of enough money to recover from a failed business and to move out of his demented mother’s (Yun Yuh-ying) house seems too big to resist, so he hides it in a warehouse. The money, we learn used to belong to in-debt customs officer Tae-young (Jung Woo-sung) who owes a lot of money to the loan shark called Mr. Park (Jeong Man-sik). The money he borrowed from him disappeared along with his girlfriend Yeon-hee (Jeon Do-yeon), who used it up to start her massage parlor/ prostitution business. Other characters include the masseuse Mi-ran (Shin Hyun-bin), her abusive husband and her Chinese low-level gangster client Jin-tae (Jung Ga-ram) who is eager to help her get out from the relationship by killing her husband in a fake accident so she could pick the insurance money and start a new life. A lot of duplicity follows, followed by a number of murders and some ironic twists, while the bag and the money in it switch hands.

The film is divided in six chapters going through different timelines in non-linear fashion. This is a homage to classics of the American post-modernist darkly humorous thrillers by the Coen brothers  but told in the fashion of Quentin Tarantino.

Writer-director Kim Yong-hoon is successful in the realizing his actors’ potentials, especially for those in the leading roles. The dynamics between Joong-man and his mother are brilliant and Jeon Do-yeon’s Yeon-hee is one of the most memorable opportunistic movie psychopaths of recent times

“Beasts Clawing at Straws” demands both attention and patience and is rewarding  in both.

“50 YEARS”— A Life Together

“50 YEARS”

A Life Together

Amos Lassen

“50 Years” is the story of award winning artist Ralph Hodgdon and writer Paul McMahon (a dancer and Marlena Dietrich’s show manager for 13 years) and their 50 plus years together. We learn about their long life together, their problems, triumphs and how they came to the decision to get married. They show that being committed to stay together is not easy, but love wins out in the end. Made up of interviews conducted over several years and at budget of under 100$, the film is fascinating.

I had never heard about Paul and Ralph before seeing this film but as soon as the film started, I y began to care about them and their stories. In their 50 years together, they were part of history, had interesting professions and were respected for their exceptional talents. We don’t hear about many couples staying together happily for that long these days. This is a beautiful love story in real life and the two men are proof that true love transcends all.

 

 

“AMERICAN HERETICS: THE POLITICS OF GOSPEL”— Church and State

“AMERICAN HERETICS: THE POLITICS OF GOSPEL”

Church and State

Amos Lassen

Theline between church and state has become tangled and polarizing in America today. “American Heretics” takes us into the Bible belt where a group of defiant ministers, congregations, and community leaders are challenging deeply rooted fundamentalist Christian doctrine in favor of a Gospel of Inclusion. They have been labeled as heretics for their beliefs and actions yet they refuse to use their faith to justify nationalism and destroy civil rights protections for women, minorities, immigrants and LGBTQ communities. The film challenges what we think we know about the Christian heartland by giving us a look into the contentious and often misunderstood history of religion, race, and politics in America. Told through both personally emotional stories and excellent narration along with cinematic footage, photographs and illustrations, “American Heretics” is a politically charged look at America that brings hotly debated subjects into our consciousness. The major themes it covers include immigration, gay rights / gay Marriage, race, political activism, Black history, gender bias, societal oppression, religious history, sanctuary cities, and heresy. Of the top five issues being faced in America, four are addressed head on: Conservatism vs. Progressivism Immigration Religious Freedom Marriage Health Care.

At the beginning of Jeanine and Catherine Butler’s documentary, the Christian Bible is described as both a “damaged ecosystem” and a “moving target.” The film proceeds to interrogate just how brutally the teachings of Jesus have been misused and abused over time. We see interviews with several progressive pastors and historians who give an uplifting portrait of how a transforming and transformative Christianity is alive and well, even with the loud, condemning voice of the conservative Christian “Right” that remains on center stage in United States politics.

The film does not shy away from revealing the hypocritical views and actions of conservative Republican Christianity, but it wisely keeps its primary focus on its liberal main subjects— Revered Dr. Robin Meyers, pastor of Oklahoma City’s Mayflower United Church of Christ; his associate Reverend Lori Walke, Bishop Carlton Pearson, who fell from fundamentalist grace when he led his congregation through a questioning of the existence of Hell and Dr. Bernard Brandon Scott, professor emeritus of Oklahoma’s Phillips Theological Seminary, who gives historical and Biblical context in a matter-of-fact and radical way.  

The film is a well-paced primer on histories of Christianity, faith formation in the United States, and political and racial injustices in Oklahoma. We get facts and glimpses into deeply faithful compassion that provide a needed sense of hope. Even as the protagonists commit themselves to social justice, resistance, and restoration, each reveals a deep humility and curiosity. This is a reminder that radical spirituality is better embodied as a window and not a door to certainty.

“American Heretics” is an eye-opening film that uses the gospels themselves to show the inconsistencies in modern evangelical thought. The background information gives a good sense of how the Christian right acquired political clout. Very conversational but important conversations.
Bonus features include: Extended Panel Discussion / Q & A with Cast, Introduction of the film by Rev. Bishop Carlton Pearson

 

“OUT” CELEBRATES THE ANNUAL OUT100 ISSUE WITH SYMPOSIUM AND VIRTUAL CEREMONY

“OUT” CELEBRATES THE ANNUAL OUT100 ISSUE WITH SYMPOSIUM AND VIRTUAL CEREMONY 

Out honors the 100 most influential LGBTQ+ people of the year.

Pride Media’s Out magazine is thrilled to release the 2020 Out100 presented by Lexus. The list remains the largest annual portfolio recognizing members of the LGBTQ+ for their ground-breaking, ripple-inducing, and culture-shifting impact nationwide. The coveted and anticipated Out100 issue features four covers including trailblazing actor Wilson Cruz, activist and BLM organizer Janaya Khan, actor and director Joe Mantello, and artist and icon Janelle Monáe.

 

This year’s honorees make up one of the most diverse lists in Out magazine’s history, spanning several generations and a multitude of intersections from 18-year-old rap sensation Kidd Kenn and 99-year old trans WWII U.S. Navy fighter pilot Robina Asti to MSNBC journalist Rachel Maddow, who in a year of political tension was a voice of reason for the LGBTQ+ community. From fashion legend André Leon Talley, headlining musician Lizzo, comedian Wanda Sykes, actors Jeremy Pope and Cheyenne Jacksonto modeling industry heavyweight Ivan Bart, the creators of Queer Eye, and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s very queer team Jamal BrownReggie Greer, and Karine Jean-Pierre, inclusivity and progress are the driving force behind this year’s list.

 

Each honoree represents not just the past but also the future. Leading into 2021, the LGBTQ+ community as a whole will undoubtedly reap the benefits of their accomplishments. This year might have brought an onslaught of challenges, but it also welcomed new opportunities to reflect about what matters to the LGBTQ+ community and what lies ahead in the fight for equality and justice. Now more than ever, it’s vital to recognize the powerful voices leading the charge and sounding off the new vanguard of queer leaders. In a year of Pride celebrated at home instead of in the streets, community support from company partners like LexusCitiGileadMcDonald’s USATruly Hard Seltzer, and Stoli® Group USA, LLC has never been more important or helpful in amplifying these powerful Out100 voices moving the LGBTQ+ community forward.

 

“Community building has been the bedrock of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and part of that is understanding the fact that we are not and have never been monolithic. All of us have a story and role to play in this fight. All of our experiences and lived realities are different, special, and integral in building a better world — together. The Out100 list is a representation of this journey. For 26 years, it has stood the test of time and continues to empower the next generation of LGBTQ+ thought leaders, artists, and professionals to create a more inclusive future for all of us.” — David Artavia, Editor in Chief, Out

 

This year, Out’s nationally recognized and respected Out100 issue extends beyond the brand’s print and online properties with two exciting virtual events. On Friday, November 20, the cofounder of Black Lives Matter Canada, Janaya Khan, will moderate a dynamic “How Do We Come Back From This?” symposium on what moving out of the last four years looks like for culture, politics, the movement, and ourselves, including Emmy-winning creator of Transparent Joey Soloway, trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston, and PR strategist Kelly Bush Novak. On Saturday, November 21, the Out100 culminates in the first-ever 2020 Out100 Virtual Honoree Induction Ceremony, live at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern) at Out.com/Out100Live, and available on all Revry live channels and on-demand at 6 p.m. Pacific (9 p.m. Eastern) at watch.revry.tv.

The 2020 Out100 Virtual Honoree Induction Ceremony will feature appearances by 2020 Out100 Honorees:

·       Cover stars Wilson Cruz and Joe Mantello.

·       In the “Television” category: Theo GermaineDavid CollinsMichael Williams & Bob Eric (Scout Productions)Brandon Kyle GoodmanCheyenne JacksonJamal SimsJeremy PopeShakina, and Jo Ellen Pellman.

·       In the “Fashion and Beauty” category: Patrick ChurchPatrick Starrr, and Ivan Bart.

·       In the “The Firsts” category: Shevrin JonesParis BarclaySharon-Franklin Brown, and Kierra Johnson.

·       In the “Advocacy” category: Mark S. KingRashad RobinsonQueen JeanCody Renard RichardScott WienerMary TrumpRachel LevineMalcolm KenyattaTiffany Caban, and Ritchie Torres.

·       In the “Biden’s Team” category: Jamal Brown and Reggie Greer.

·       In the “Thinkers” category: Andrew Gelwicks.

·       In the “All Stars” category: Thomas Beattie.

·       In the “Film” category: Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Gerard Bush & Christopher Rens.

·       In the “Innovators” category: Richard Gray.

*And Special Guest – Mel C

 

Tune in and follow the conversation on social media: #Out100

 

Now more than ever, it’s important to highlight the monumental achievements the LGBTQ+ community has made against the backdrop of a giant cultural shift and an evolving landscape of entertainment, politics, social justice, industry, and so much more. This list is critical. Before I was in charge of Out, I long dreamed of making it on the list myself. I never did, but it still pushed me to do better.” — Diane Anderson-Minshall, CEO & Editorial Director, Pride Media

 

Diane Anderson-Minshall, David Artavia, and the entire family at Out express their deepest gratitude to those involved in making the Out100 issue and the Out100 Virtual Honoree Induction Ceremony an experience to never forget, with a special thank-you to the presenting sponsor Lexus for all their contributions.

 

Find out who made this year’s Out100 list exclusively at Out.com/Out100The full list drops Thursday, November 19tht. 

The Out100 print issue will be available on newsstands December 1st, 2020. Subscribe today.

 

For More Information, Assets, and Interview Avails, please contact: JB@PotentPR.com

 

About Pride Media 

Pride Media is the largest publisher of LGBTQ+ content in the U.S., including OutThe Advocate, PRIDE.comOut Traveler, and Plus. With over 53 years of award-winning editorial spanning digital, print, social and experiential, our content shapes the LGBTQ+ landscape—serving as the go-to destination for our audience across entertainment, news & politics, LGBTQ+ rights, travel, wellness, finance, food & spirits, and fashion. By covering every aspect of the LGBTQ+ experience, Pride Media’s brands use the power of words to inspire the full spectrum of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people to live life with pride.

 

About Lexus 

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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About McDonald’s USA

 

McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to nearly 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook. www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.

 

About Truly 

First released in 2016, category leader Truly Hard Seltzer is a clean, crisp and refreshing hard seltzer with a hint of fruit and just 100 calories, 1g sugar and 5% ALC/VOL. Truly Hard Seltzer is crafted with simple, naturally gluten-free ingredients and contains alcohol made from cane sugar. It is available in 12 delicious styles and now in four styles of Truly Lemonade. To learn more about Truly Hard Seltzer, visit www.trulyhardseltzer.com

 

About Stoli® Group USA, LLC

Stoli Group USA, LLC is a U.S. importer and marketer of alcoholic beverages, headquartered in New York City. Formed in 2013, Stoli Group USA is a subsidiary of SPI Group, based in Luxembourg, one of the world’s most dynamic wine and spirits organizations.

 

About Gilead

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. The company strives to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

 

For more than 30 years, Gilead has been a leading innovator in the field of HIV, driving advances in treatment, prevention, testing and linkage to care, and cure research. Today, it’s estimated that more than 12 million people living with HIV globally receive antiretroviral therapy provided by Gilead or one of the company’s manufacturing partners.

 

Gilead is committed to supporting the global health community to quickly and effectively respond to serious and life-threatening viral outbreaks worldwide. To that end, the company is contributing its antiviral expertise and resources to help investigate potential treatments for patients with COVID-19.

 

For more information about Gilead, please visit the company’s website at www.gilead.com

 

“THE AMERICAN BOYS”— Six Short Gay Films

“THE AMERICAN BOYS”

Six Short Gay Films

Amos Lassen

NQV takes on a journey with the gay kids of America though  the highs, the lows and everything in between .

THESE THINGS TAKE TIME dir. Jerell Rosales

Eight-year-old Zander’s world is about to change when he experiences his first crush – on Mr. Wiley, his male third-grade teacher. 

Jerell Rosales’ heartwarming tale explores a variety of childhood emotions, so raw and overwhelming when felt for the first time, with a delicate touch, brought to life by a winning turn from Zackary Arthur (Transparent, The 5th Wave)

THE LEGEND OF SCOTTY WATTS dir. Prash Sampathkumaran

A teenager deeply consumed by fantasy struggles to form a meaningful connection – with the lead singer of his favourite band, and a fangirl who is quickly becoming something more.

​Pulsing with an eclectic rock soundtrack from The Midriffs, Super Defense and Loving, Prash Sampathkumaran has crafted a bittersweet ode to high school crushes, 90’s nostalgia and the object of many a teenager’s affections: the heartthrob with the guitar.

TWO FISH dir. Antoine Dupont-Guerra

Max’s serene summer, spent doing laps in a deserted campus pool, is interrupted by the return of best friend Taylor from Europe. As their relationship takes a new turn, sensations of secrecy, liberation, self-loathing and self-discovery come to the fore.

YOU CAN PLAY dir. Anders Helde

On the night before the biggest game of his life, Brandon, an all-star high school quarterback, must face his fear of leaving the small town he grew up in and his best friend James. Will he decide to live as what he is – or who he is?

I THINK I’M GAY dir. Matt Chupack

​Zach’s life is turned upside-down when performance anxiety in bed leads to a life-shattering accusation: his girlfriend Amy thinks he’s gay. Wondering if she might be right, Zach enlists the help of friends Drew, Kyle and Sandy, who make it their mission to bring out a side of him he never knew he had.

Brimming with fiery one-liners, oodles of side-eye sass and a madcap premise, ‘I Think I’m Gay’ unquestionably goes straight for the funny bone and doesn’t disappoint.

BILLY’S BLOWJOBS dir. Michael Hyman

Haunted by his past, a man seeks anonymous sex as a drug, until an unexpected encounter changes his outlook on life.

Featuring a winning turn from Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery, My So Called Life, Party Monster) as the titular Billy, a loquacious trick with his heart on his sleeve, Michael Hyman’s film is grimy, quick-witted and unapologetically rude.

 

“DELTA RAY”— Going Home

“DELTA RAY”

Going Home

Amos Lassen

Earthy, familial alt-pop outfit Delta Rae  is a gospel country rock soul band that was formed in 2009 by siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Hölljes, along with Elizabeth Hopkins in North Carolina and then expanded to a sextet the following year with the additions of Mike McKee and Grant Emerson. In the spring of 2015. Following a relocation to Nashville, the band signed with Big Machine in 2017 and issued a pair of EPs — A Long and Happy Life and The Blackbird Sessions — in quick succession. The front part of 2019 they released many new singles and decided to go independent. This concert film, “Coming Home To Carolina’ was filmed with fourteen 4K Ultra Hi Def Cameras, before hometown fans in Raleigh, North Carolina, during their final shows one week before Christmas, from their highly successful 2019 sold out Take Me There Tour. It features some of the bands biggest hits including Take Me There, Down By The River , Dance In The Graveyard interspersed with scenic performance scenes at Raleigh River. We have interview segments at the bands home where they recorded most of their first album of songs, ending in a bonfire jam at the Local Watering Hole. Bonus features include: Ultra Deluxe Digi Pak packaging includes a Blu Ray Disc, Standard Definition DVD and bonus Audio CD Soundtrack!

The stage scenes are blended with the band members walking in the NC countryside and making a few comments on their career. The 65-minute concert is packed with 14 songs.Delta Rae’s music crosses genre lines. They aren’t exactly country or rock or alternative yet they blend of all three.

 

“BURST CITY”— Dystopian Science-Fiction

“BURST CITY”

Dystopian Science-Fiction

Amos Lassen

“Burst City” is an explosive dystopian sci-fi that mixes biker wars against yakuza gangsters and the police along with performances from Japanese punk bands The Stalin, The Roosters, The Rockers and INU.

Set in an industrial wasteland somewhere on the outskirts of Tokyo, two rival punk bands and their mobs of fans come together for a Battle of the Bands-style protest against the construction of a nuclear powerplant. This brings them face to face with the yakuza industrialists behind the development of the plant.

The film’s celebrates Japan’s punk music scene of the early 1980s and is an early landmark in Japanese cyberpunk cinema.

Japanese cult director Sogo Ishii’s brings us supercharged cinema anarchism at its most hyperkinetic and explosively chaotic. Through editing, frenetic camerawork, punk rock music, and an in-your-face attitude, “Burst City” is the art of rebellion that explodes the imagination.

Released in 1982, it has left  its mark on Japanese cinema forever, and influenced many of today’s most cutting-edge Japanese filmmakers. 

The narrative is loose and there isn’t much to it. However,  it becomes clear that traditional storytelling was what “Burst City” strove for. Instead we get a complex sensorial experience that is equally hypnotic and overwhelming, magnetic and repelling. Most of the film has a rhythmic visual musicality that shifts and changes tempo rapidly as scenes pass and the film moves towards its ending. This will not appeal to all viewers, but those open to movies that experiment and attempt to expand the medium as an art form, there is a lot to appreciate.

The film’s ending is a melee in which a vast multitude engage in frenzied protest. The disc features the Japanese audio track in Dolby Digital 2.0 with optional English subs.

Utilizing music and people from that scene, Ishii’s goal was to make the cinematic equivalent to punk music— it is a movie which is filed with the philosophy, spirit and look of the Japanese punk movement of the late 70s and early 80s.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

  Original lossless mono Japanese soundtrack

  Optional English subtitles

  Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film expert Tom Mes

  The Punk Spirit of 82: S go Ishii on Burst City, an exclusive new 56-minute interview with the director

  Bursting Out, an exclusive 27-minute interview with the academic and independent filmmaker Yoshiharu Tezuka on jishu eiga and the making of Burst City

  Original Trailer

  Image Gallery

  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Player