Two films that made a splash at L.A.'s Outfest last year are finally being released on DVD next week (8/14) for your at-home enjoyment...
First up is August, Eldar Rapaport’s (Steam) feature-length adaptiation of his award-winning short Postmortem. Told from multiple perspectives, the film poignantly explores the complexities of love and intimacy in 21st century L.A. and demonstrates how matters of the heart are never black and white. Guiding Light vet Murray Bartlett, Daniel Dugan (Edison) and Adrian Gonzalez (The Bold and the Beautiful) star as the trio engaged in a heartbreaking love triangle during one sweltering Southland heatwave.
Then there's Sheldon Larry's vivacious musical Leave it on the Floor, inspired by the “vogueing” sensation featured in the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. With music by Beyonce's music director, Kim Burse, screenplay and lyrics by Glenn Gaylord, and choreography by dance master Frank Gatson Jr., the film is an ode to the wild, funky and heartache-filled life of the underground subculture of the Ballroom scene. The score mixes hip-hop, techno, and house and gives the entire film a heart-pumping pulse that'll stick with you after the closing credits.
Synopsis: Thrown out of his home by his dysfunctional mother, Brad (Ephraim Sykes) steals her car and travels into Los Angeles where he meets the ragtag members of the House of Eminence. Brad ends up engaging with the colorful members of the house led by the indomitable house mother Queef Latina (Barbie-Q), an aging ball-legend and the "fierce protectrice" of her family. Laughter, tears, and much drama ensue, and Brad ends up finding an extraordinary home and loving family in the strangest of places.