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Apr 13 2022
Gay Lovers From The Past + QUEER AS FOLK & HEARTSTOPPER Coming + Subway Killer Caught + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

 
 
 
 
 
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Nov 06 2021
BOY CULTURE Turns 16 Comments (0)

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Happy 16th anniversary this week to BoyCulture.com, the little blog that could, did, and probably shouldn't anymore — but is.

Thanks for coming back to read what I post, and thanks to those of you who share my posts.

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Oct 27 2021
BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES Wins Audience Choice Award @ Seattle Queer Film Fest Comments (0)

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A little good news on a sad day — my poor dog had what appears to be a stroke. His prognosis, so far, is decent; his vet hopes he returns to normal or semi-normal in a week or two. But it was horrible to witness, and at 3:35 a.m., so disorienting.

But Boy Culture: The Series (Episode 1) was awarded Audience Choice: Best Overall Short at the Seattle Queer Film Festival. The ray of light is so appreciated!

 
Oct 25 2021
BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES At NewFest Comments (0)

Boy-culture-boyculture-newfestStaging gracefully (Image via John Stanton)

Sunday afternoon, I returned to NewFest as a filmmaker for the first time since June 2006 — here is my very early post from that visit.

This time around, I was honored to be part of a Q&A after the NewFest Episodic Showcase, which featured episodes from Boy Culture: The Series as well as Hetero (co-director/DP/editor Bentley Eldridge 2nd from right), Querencia, Bridesman (creator/writer John Onieal far left, me next to him), The Ex Cycle (director David Cork, third from left), Your Eyes, Ms./Manage (director Caralene Robinson third from right).

Newfest-boyculture-boy-culture-gay-matthew-rettenmund-q-allan-brockaBeen 15 years since my last NewFest as a filmmaker! (Image via NewFest)

Special thanks to Alamin Yohannes for moderating the Q&A!

The series were spectacular. Hetero — about a school's bratty Breakfast Club of a gay-straight alliance that must add straights or be disbanded — was put together by actual teenagers; Bentley graciously praised all of us as real professionals, but watching his creation, I'd say he's one of us.

Querencia tells the story of a Native American woman who breaks up with her high school sweetheart to make a life for her own, and a young singer who may become her soulmate. It had such a nice shot of the women at the end that really set things up for the rest of the series.

Bridesman, funded by Grindr, was hilarious, reminiscent of The Other Two. Jimmy Fowlie is the lead, with Sydnee Washington (LOVED her) as his bestie who is getting hitched. Fowlie's character's plan is to steal his friend's fiancé in order to save her from heteronormative vows, but one person stands in his way — an evil gal-pal played perfectly by Shannon Devido. Very over-the-top and fun, and I had a great chat with Onieal afterward.

The Ex Cycle follows two men who were once in a relationship and are now coming off an impulsive one-night stand. It skillfully weaves into its narrative the undercovered issue of addiction in the LGBTQ community, and has lovely, understated performances.

Your Eyes, about two women in love, accomplished most of its goals without dialogue, feeling very impressionistic and ending with a twist.

Finally, I think Ms./Manage was my fave. From a more mature perspective, it's about a queer woman (splended Skye Johnson) climbing the corporate ladder while Black as she also navigates becoming a mom with her partner. It employs direct-to-camera asides from the lead character and has a gravitas that made it easy to envision as a regular series on a streamer or even a network. 

NewFest was probably the last fest I'll be attending with Boy Culture: The Series. Next up: DESPERATELY SEEKING STREAMERS.

 
Sep 29 2021
Luke Evans As Bond? + RIP Gay Actor Tommy Kirk + Lewandowski Accused Of Groping A Trump Donor + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

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Disturbing The Peace With Madonna @ Her Exclusive MADAME X Premiere & After-Party Comments (0)

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Days later (and a trip to Chicago behind me) — here are my thoughts on attending Madonna's Madame X premiere in NYC on Thursday, September 23:

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Sep 27 2021
BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES X Reeling Film Festival Comments (0)

Steve-Grand-Boy-Culture-the-Series-gay-boycultureWith Steve Grand & Reeling's Jackie Robbins (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I was off for a few days in Chicago to visit family and to attend the Reeling Film Festival screening of Boy Culture: The Series.

The screening was a special one, in that Reeling — which premiered Boy Culture: The Movie 15 years ago — chose to show all six of our episodes, which not every fest is doing.

Spoiler Alert: You Can Still Stream Boy Culture: The Series @ Reeling!

The screening was personally special for me because I was meeting up with one of my college roommates and a great friend from my University of Chicago days, Zafar. Zafar not only jumped at the chance of coming out to support my series, he brought four others, all decked out and red-carpet ready. It was so nice to have a built-in cheering section, which also included my sister ... who liked the series so much she cried at one point!

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Sep 13 2021
Join Me For A BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES Chat Comments (0)

Boy-culture-series-rettenmund-gay(Image via screen grab)

This Thursday, September, join me at CommonwealthClub.org for a wide-ranging chat about Boy Culture: The Series and much more. Register now for the 3 p.m. ET interview.