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Won over by Jezebel’s southern charm

Although I grew up in the countryside, surrounded by horses and pickup trucks, the only thing southern about me is that I often go by my two first names: Amy Lynn. For this Yankee – native Ny’er to be exact – the south is reserved for a host of stereotypes and grandma’s very pink Florida retirement home. We’re raised in the northeast to believe venturing below the Mason-Dixon Line requires improper grammar, summer teeth (some are here, some are there) and some scary weapon in the front pouch of ratty overalls....

‘North Sea Texas:’ An intimate film worth the journey

From the Andre Sollie novel This Is Everlasting (original title Nooit Gaat Dit Over) comes the story of Pim, a self-aware gay youth in the 1960s. Homosexuality doesn’t surprise him, although he is guarded. Played as a young boy by actor Ben Van den Heuvel and ages 15–17 by Jelle Florizoone, the portrayal of child-to-teen feels seamless. Very surprising is the lack of dialogue with which Pim expresses his story, but we’re keenly aware of what he observes and how he reacts....

‘Any Day Now:’ A film on the gay disco era

This saga of a gay couple seeking custody of a special-needs child is much more than the premise promises – or the unfortunately mawkish film trailer: It is a well-written, expertly cast, skillfully directed indie feature. ...