Judas Kiss is a new film directed by J.T. Tepnapa and written by Carlos Pedraza. It’s been getting some pretty big buzz because it features some popular names in queer cinema and a fresh plot that hasn’t really been seen before in a gay-themed film.
Here’s a quick synopsis from the film’s Web site:
Film festival judge Zachary Wellsʼ handsome one night stand turns out to be a student competing for a scholarship Zach must award. Mysteriously, Danny Reyesʼ entry has the same title as Zach’s film that won the festival years before. Zach, his own career in shambles, sees Danny making the same mistakes he did. He decides to take matters into his own hands. As Zach scrambles for answers, a mysterious, chain-smoking campus tour guide counsels him: “Change the kidʼs past, change your future.” Zach sees Danny on the verge of making his same mistakes, beginning with choosing wealthy Shane over Chris, the guy he truly loves. Zach decides he can mend his life by getting Dannyʼs film disqualified, which prompts a confrontation between Danny and his father about their familyʼs dark past.
The movie is currently making it’s way through the LGBT film festival circuit and the reviews have been ranging from mediocre to really good. According to the reviews the film delves into magical realism. Danny is actually Zachary’s younger self and the film plays out in some sort of alternate reality. (Don’t worry you find this out early on so it’s not a spoiler.) A 30-year-old going back in time and sleeping with their 20-year-old self definitely seems like a creepy, yet extremely interesting premise.
The movie stars queer film icon Charlie David (Dante’s Cove, Kiss The Bride, Mulligans) as Zachary Wells and breakout Richard Harmon plays Danny Reyes, who can currently be seen staring in AMC’s new hit series The Killing. Brent Corrigan (Another Gay Sequel) also makes a starring appearance as one of Danny’s love interests. He’s somehow seamlessly transitioned from a career as a porn star to one as an in demand queer independent film actor.
For some odd reason, the film’s creators haven’t released an official trailer, but based on clips they’ve posted on YouTube (one of which is below), the movie looks really well done for a low-budget project. I’m actually looking forward to this hitting Netflix. The premise sounds fresh as far as queer cinema is concerned and the cast looks like they really deliver.
UPDATE (6/27): Judas Kiss has basically taken the film festival circuit by storm. So much so that the creators have released an official Festival Trailer (see below) and the movie’s DVD is already aviailable for pre-order.