Last week, I shared some of my favorites that we just added to our collection. Well this week, we got some MORE new materials, including a Cinderella retelling–Ash by Malinda Lo–and a parenting memoir chronicling the journey of raising a gender nonconforming child–Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron. But since I shared books last week, I thought I’d share some of our new movies, because I am really, really, really excited about them.
Based on the great novel by Brent Hartinger,
Geography Club (2013) is an American comedy-drama directed by Gary Entin. Sixteen-year-old Russell is still going on dates with girls while having a secret relationship with football quarterback Kevin, who will do anything to prevent his football teammates from finding out. Min and Terese tell everyone that they’re just really good friends. And then there’s Ike, who can’t figure out who he is or who he wants to be. Finding the truth too hard to hide, they all decide to form the Geography Club, thinking nobody else in their right mind would ever want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are.
And speaking of teenagers,
The Wise Kids (2011), a vivid dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters – Brea, an introspective pastor’s daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea’s best friend and a devout believer, and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.
And because who doesn’t love a well-done documentary? We’ve got two new great ones!
Chiseled bodies, flawless skin, sculpted jawlines. At a time when popular culture objectifies men more than ever, it’s hard for them to avoid the pressure to possess such physical traits. In The Adonis Factor (2010), director Christopher Hines exposes how far some will go to attain “the Adonis factor” — the kind of god-like masculine beauty only seen in ancient Greek sculptures.
Hines takes the viewers on an eye-opening journey through circuit parties, gay porn, and avant-garde fashion photo shoots, all of which promote their own kinds of idealized physiques. By capturing a diver range of voices the documentary poses the question: does a man’s fixation on body image make him any happier?
I cannot stop talking about this next film. Watch it. Seriously.
Bridegroom (2013) gives an intensely personal edge to the ongoing debate over the legal rights of same-sex couples. Interviews, photos and video footage all testify to the uncommon connection that drew together Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom. For six years they remained united despite extreme challenges from both family and society, until a tragic accident tears apart their dreams. Now one must fight to be recognized as his soul mate’s legitimate counterpart.
Bridegroom won the Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, the 2013 Toronto Inside Out Festival and the 2013 Little Rock Film Festival as well as Outstanding Documentary Feature at the 2013 Outfest in LA. Most recently it won Best Documentary at the GLAAD Media Awards.
Take my word for it and check out the trailer.
Be sure to stop by the office, we’ve got all these and more of our new materials on display!