The country’s largest independent film festival kicked off this week, and it has more than ever to offer LGBT filmgoers. This year’s selection offers at least 20 features, documentaries, and shorts with LGBT themes or central characters. Should the popcorn grow stale, there are also the stars to see and the slopes to ski around Park City, Utah. Find out more at Sundance.org.
This film about two young Muslim lovers in New York City was a hit on the gay film festival circuit. Starring Kerwin Johnson Jr. as Naz and Curtiss Cook Jr. as Maalik, this love story was written and directed by Jay Dockendorf and explores race, religion, and sexuality as well as the chronic suspicions that often trail Muslim Americans. Naz & Maalik is out now via Wolfe Video.
The acclaimed British espionage series London Spy premiered this week, and it offers something that hasn’t been seen before by fans of the genre: a gay lead. Ben Whishaw, an out actor known for his role as Q in recent James Bond films, stars as Danny, a club kid who falls in love with a mysterious stranger, Alex (Edward Holcroft). The mystery deepens when Alex is murdered and Danny discovers that his partner was actually working for the Secret Intelligence Service. This five-part BBC series follows Danny on his quest for the truth of what happened to Alex, despite his being thoroughly unprepared for the spy game. Follow along Thursdays on BBC America.
This New York band, famous for its single "Best Day of My Life," is back with its latest uplifting tune, "Pride." We can always get with that title as well as handsome lead singer Zac Barnett strutting through city streets. Check out the video below and download the single at iTunes.
You’ve viewed the adventures of the Pfefferman family; now see some real-life young adults dealing with a parent’s transition in a new episode of MTV’s True Life, “I Have a Trans Parent.” Follow Kiara as she gets to know her “Pops,” the parent she previously knew as her mother, and Jeffrey as he accepts his father as a transgender woman and strives to help his brothers do the same. The episode airs Monday at 11:30 p.m./10:30 Central; watch a preview below.
Oscar fans who like to see all the nominees are often frustrated because they haven’t seen the nominated short films, but they don’t have to be. For more than a decade, ShortsHD has been bringing the nominated live-action, animated, and documentary shorts to audiences worldwide. It will screen them in theaters January 29, giving you a chance to see such works as A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, about a survivor of an attempted “honor killing” in Pakistan; Sanjay’s Super Team, with a young Indian boy envisioning Hindu gods as superheroes; and Shok, about two boys finding their friendship tested by the horrors of the Kosovo war. Find a theater near you at the ShortsHD website, which can also guide you to buy the films via online and video-on-demand platforms if you can’t make it to a theater.
FBI special agents Scully (played by out actress Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) investigate the unexplained cases once more in this six-episode event that resurrects one of the defining shows of the '90s. Do you still believe? Watch the first minute of the first episode here. Premieres Sunday at 7 p.m. Fox.