Gay culture both high and low can be found in a collection of documentaries this week: Just in time for Mardi Gras season comes the story of New Orleans’ queer history in The Sons of Tennessee Williams (above). Meanwhile, halfway around the world, a queer Peruvian searches his soul in the documentary Paolo. And in Man 2 Man , some of our relationship habits are put under the microscope. Then there’s David DeCoteau’s latest fleshy fantasy, 1313:Cougar Cult, which makes us wonder what’s going on in the director’s head. Enjoy!
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The Sons of Tennessee Williams
($24.95 DVD, First Run Features)
Tim Wolff’s enlightening documentary delves into the queer history of New Orleans’ decadent Mardi Gras celebration. Back in the 1950s, gay social groups started throwing extravagant costume parties that played a key role in gay liberation as we know it. Enjoy extras like bonus footage, deleted scenes and photos of outrageous krewe ball costumes. Beads not included!
NEXT: Looking for papa in Paolo
($29.99 DVD, Andrea Franco Films)
In filmmaker Andrea Franco Batievsky’s artful documentary, a gay Peruvian revisits his homeland to unpack some emotional baggage and search for his long-lost father, who abandoned him in childhood. Will his journey end happily?
Billy Elliott goes to Mumbai in Bollywood Beats
($24.99 DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)
Downright Miramax-ian in concept, Bollywood Beats sees a young, single, unemployed Indian fellow start up a dance class for women. One of his students, Victor, is a gay teen who struggles with a homophobic father.
NEXT: Dating in the gay world in Man 2 Man
Man 2 Man: A Gay Man’s Guide to Finding Love
($24.99 DVD, Rogue Culture Productions)
Are you spending Valentine’s Day 2012 alone? This documentary could be the key to a hot date or husband next year, as filmmaker Christopher Hines explores how gays go about dating, LTRs and one-night stands.
NEXT: Another slutty slasher flick from David DeCocteau
1313: Cougar Cult
($19.99 DVD, Rapid Heart)
Another week, another ludicrous David DeCoteau film! This time, three 1980s scream queens lure a trio of young male hotties to their mansion. One of the lads, presumably the smart one since they threw nerdy glasses on him, discovers the ladies are actually spell-casting cougars with diabolical plans to maul their scantily-clad male victims. Oh dear!
NEXT: Home might not be where the heart is in Tiny Furniture
($39.95 BluRay, $29.95 DVD, The Criterion Collection)
In both this, her breakthrough film, and HBO’s upcoming Girls, writer-director-actress Lena Dunham captures the zeitgeist of early 20-somethings. Here Dunham plays Aura, a flaky, self-entitled college graduate who moves back in with her artist mom and insufferable younger sister. As we see Aura sleepwalk through her hostessing job and two ill-conceived relationships, Dunham—a sort of anti-Kardashian—exploits her least flattering angles and neurosis for comedic effect. This Criterion Collection DVD really packs in the extras: A conversation between Dunham and idol Nora Ephron, plus an essay by critic Phillip Lopate, four of Dunham’s previous shorts and her first feature film, Creative Nonfiction.
ALSO OUT ON DVD:
The Debt (Focus Features)
Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (IFC Films)
Bros on Bikes (MVD Entertainment)
American Teacher (First Run Features)