The River 1997
He liu (original title)
16 | 1h 55min | Drama, Romance | 18 February 1997 (Germany)
In Taiwan, Xiao-kang, a young man in his early 20s, lives with his parents in near silence. He is plagued by severe neck pain. His father is bedeviled by water first leaking into his bedroom and then flooding the apartment; rain is incessant. Xiao-kang’s mother is overcome by sexual longing for her son, sometimes making seemingly incestuous overtures. They try virtually every intervention for Xiao-kang’s neck: Western medicine, a chiropractor, acupuncture, an herbal doctor, and a faith healer, Master Liu. Are the family’s silent dynamics and Xiao-kang’s neck pain connected? And what about the body floating in the Tamsui River: is everything dead?
1h 20min | Crime, Drama | November 2015 (USA)
‘Think KIDS meets Midnight Cowboy.’ EKAJ is a film packed with real life drama and a real sense of humor. The film capture’s a naive teen’s runaway journey to one of the most difficult city’s to survive in, New York City. We feel Ekaj (Jake Mestre) as he goes through so much rude awakenings. He meets “Mecca” (Badd Idea) a Cynic Artist/Hustler who takes Ekaj under his care. Mecca is a very funny, foul mouthed character and has multiple problems of his own. He stays at his cousins place and we get glimpses of the fact that he has Aids, since he has tattoos with the word written on his knees. He drinks all day and still manages to be sane and sharp. He is also an opportunistic thief. Their relationship develops into true love and care for each other. At the beginning of the film Mecca is doing ok but as the film progresses he becomes sicker and his medication does not really seem to be working for him. At the same time we see Ekaj becoming stronger and less vulnerable. Ekaj lives for the love of his life, a Painter named “Johnny ” (Scooter LaForge) who has no tolerance and is constantly beating him. “Johnny” seems indifferent and cold towards Ekaj’s desperate love and obsession for him. With no place to really sleep, Ekaj stays during the day with Mecca at his cousin’s place, at Johnny’s place, or at times staying in hotel rooms payed by coins (clients.)
Ethan, a sullen high-school student whose life is defined by what he hates, finds love with a blindly optimistic Christian girl Trinity, much to the annoyance of his angst-filled band mates and her evangelistic brethren.
Pretty Boy 2015
31min | Short, Drama | 4 February 2017 (USA)
‘Pretty Boy’ is a coming of age story of a young bullied teen, Sean, struggling with his sexuality and the hardships of high school. After his father finds some questionable magazines in his room, this devout Christian will go to any lengths to get his son to find the light and ‘perform’ the way a man should. Sean is introduced to Katie, a prostitute that understands the stigmas of modern society and helps him see the true light that is within him. ‘Pretty Boy’ is meant to inspire our youth to follow their hearts, to seek out their true family if ‘…the family they were born into isn’t the family they’re meant to be with.’
Billy Boy 1970
1h 12min | Drama, Romance | December 1970 (USA)
Before hardcore porn, before extreme anal, deep throat and facials on DVD and VHS, seedy theaters were the only places to catch the action. In 1969, after years of struggling with the federal government, Bob Mizer debuted the first of his semi-hardcore titles at the Park Theatre in Los Angeles. Billy Boy is the first full-length feature film produced by Bob Mizer in 1970. This bizarre tale follows a young tough through Hollywood on an adventure of sexual discovery.