A new romantic comedy is taking a long-overdue look at love between Black queer men.
Directed by Spencer M. Collins IV, Love the One You're With follows Miles (Donnie Hue Frazier) and Avery (Anthony Bawn) as they navigate the various challenges that threaten to end their long-term relationship. Among these challenges is "a dating climate where ghosting, polyamory and everyone in search of the next best thing are beyond the norm," states a release.
Sampson McCormick, an acclaimed gay comedian, is also a player in the production in addition to being its writer and executive producer; he portrays the owner of an Inglewood, Calif., coffee shop that is threatened by gentrification. While he fights for his business and advises his friends on their relationship, he too stumbles into romance.
This is the third film written by McCormick (A Different Direction, Party-N-Play), a comedian, writer, and director whose work has been showcased at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Love the One You're With is his love letter to "authentic narratives of Black queer men, tackling issues related to the community that affect our dating lives, such as self-esteem, coming out, drug use, not communicating honestly, the reality of interference from social media in relationships, and in some cases overlooking those who are right in front of us who could offer possibilities of romance," according to the release.
The film also features the acting talents of Danny Royce, Jefferey L. Jones-Dickson Jr., Jessica Shaday, and Hope Flood.
Watch the trailer for Love the One You're With below. And stream the film today on Amazon Prime Video.