News release from Guest House Films:
Following on the heels of its successful release of Black Briefs, leading gay film producer and distribution house Guest House Films will continue its series of gay-themed short film compilations DVDs with Blue Briefs. The new collection will focus on relationships and the pain that often accompanies true love. The 93-minute collection is scheduled for DVD release on June 26, with an SRP of $24.99.
Blue Briefs will include the following six short films:
Requited – Directed by Sal Bardo (20 minutes)
“How do you get over something you never had?” That’s the question facing Nicolas as he tries to decide if he should go to the wedding of his best friend from high school, with whom he's always been quietly in love. Winner – Best First Time Filmmaker, Reel Affirmations: Washington DC's International LGBT Film Festival; Official Selection – NewFest, Seattle International Film Festival
Boys Like You – Directed by Daniel Armando (12 minutes)
A young man struggles with the boundaries of friendship when he finds himself in an intimate situation with his roommate. Winner – Best Male Short, North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Official Selection – Spokane Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
We Once Were Tide – Directed by Jason Bradbury (18 minutes)
On an island off the South Coast of England, Anthony and Kyle spend their last night together before Kyle moves away, leaving Anthony to look after his terminally ill mother. Winner – Best Screenplay, MiMi LGBT Film Festival, Barcelona; Official Selection – NewFest, BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Torino Film Festival
Revolution – Directed by Abdi Nazemian (16 minutes)
Jack, a 16-year-old Iranian boy growing up in 1989 Los Angeles, learns how to stage his own revolution within the confines of his traditional family. Official Selection – Outfest, ImageOut: Rochester LGBT Film and Video Festival, Frameline
The In-Between – Directed by Alain Hain (10 minutes)
Jared has found his first live-in boyfriend, but begins to suspect that the man he is in love with isn't as faithful as he would hope. Has his paranoia got the better of him, or are his instincts dead on? From the director of the award-winning Curious Thing. Official Selection – Frameline, Outfest, NewFest
Frozen Roads – Directed by Mark Pariselli (17 minutes)
As a trio of friends comes of age in a rural, conservative Canadian town, they must confront escalating desires for one another that threaten to destroy their delicate bond. Official Selection – NewFest, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival, BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
“In selecting the theme for Blue Briefs, we responded to the high quality of work that took interesting and unique looks at relationships. These provocative films may not have happy endings, but their emotional impact cannot be denied,” said Rodney Johnson, co-founder of Guest House Films.
The dark-themed Black Briefs, the first in the Guest House Films series of short-film compilations, debuted at #1 on the TLAGay.com Gay DVD Bestseller chart. At the same time, critics responded to the collection’s ability to showcase gay short films. Gay Celluloid wrote, “That compilations of this nature offer new filmmakers a badly needed international platform on which to showcase their work, let alone safe guard many a title from vanishing into the cinematic void, cannot be stressed enough,” while Baltimore OUTLoud stated, “Guest House Films should be applauded for making these shorts available to the public.”
“With the success of Black Briefs and the outstanding selection of work on Blue Briefs, we see a wonderful opportunity to continue working with filmmakers to share their gay-themed short films with viewers, especially since these films usually cannot be seen outside of film festivals,” said Rob Williams, co-founder of Guest House Films.
As part of its expansion into distribution, Guest House Films is currently accepting submissions of gay-themed short films, documentaries and feature films for consideration. Films must be in English or have English subtitles. DVD submissions can be sent to Guest House Films, P.O. Box 26220, Los Angeles, CA 90026; queries or links to view submissions online can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumers can order Blue Briefs at www.GuestHouseFilms.com/store and other online DVD sellers. Retail sales inquiries forBlue Briefs and other Guest House Films DVDs and soundtrack CDs can be directed to email@example.com.
About Guest House Films
Founded by Rob Williams and Rodney Johnson in 2005, Guest House Films LLC has quickly become one of the industry’s most prolific and acclaimed independent gay film production companies. It has produced five films to date, including Long-Term Relationship, Back Soon, 3-Day Weekend, Make the Yuletide Gay and Role/Play, and has numerous projects in development, including the new feature film The Men Next Door (www.indiegogo.com/themennextdoor). In 2012, it became the newest LGBT film distributor with the successful release of Black Briefs, kicking off its new short-film compilation series, and also has acquired the worldwide rights to the touching Australian documentary, The Doctor’s Wife, which it will be releasing on DVD and VOD later this year.