Recommended Film: SHOULDER DANCE (Written and Directed by Jay Arnold)

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by Connor McCormick on October 17, 2023

in Film

Queer Film Shoulder Dance with The Flash Star Rick Cosnett
to be Released by Breaking Glass Pictures in November

Breaking Glass Pictures, having acquired worldwide rights to Jay Arnold’s award-winning queer romantic drama feature Shoulder Dance, plans a U.S. theatrical release beginning Nov. 3, followed by on-demand and digital release on November 14, 2023. The film stars Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), Rick Cosnett (The Flash), Taylor Frey (It Chapter Two), Samuel Larsen (Glee) and Maggie Geha (Gotham). Mr. Arnold (What Happens Next) directed from his original screenplay.

Shoulder Dance premiered at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles last February, where it won “Best LGBTQ Film” and “Best Supporting Actress” for Geha and was nominated for best picture. Recently, it won “Best Feature Film, Drama” at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.

(c) Instagram: @rickcosnett

Two couples, one straight and one gay.
One wild weekend.
And a whole lot of baggage.

The slippery lines between friends, lovers, and partners threaten to trip up two couples—one gay, one straight—over a wild weekend of seductive games, all-out indulgence, and unraveling revelations in this witty, swoony summertime romance.

After 24 years of radio silence, Ira (Matt Dallas) gets an anxiety-spiking blast from the past when his former high school best friend, and forever crush, Roger (Rick Cosnett), suddenly announces he’ll be stopping by Ira’s Hamptons hideaway. The news comes as a shock to Ira’s long-time, patiently smitten boyfriend, Josh (Taylor Frey), who can’t help but feel upended by this visit from a significant stranger he’s never even heard mentioned before. But when Roger shows up having matured rather nicely—with his glam, adventurous girlfriend Lilly (Maggie Geha) at his side—it seems the foursome are in for an encounter to be remembered. It’s just a question of whether it will be remembered for epic heartbreak or a liberating new start. The pic also stars Samuel Larsen as Josh’s charmingly meddlesome friend.

The party kicks off with wine, hot-tubbing, laughter, and karaoke. Then Roger and Lilly introduce risky new diversions into the mix. Temptations mount, secrets spill, regrets loom, long-bottled desires uncork … and by Sunday night, the exuberant houseguests will either shatter the peace or shape Ira and Josh’s whole lives going forward.

Writer/director Arnold crafts a refreshingly romantic, yet nakedly honest, tale out of a nearly-lost weekend of sexy debauchery, true confessions, and realizations no one saw coming. Showcasing the chemistry of rising stars in all their characters’ shifting combinations, the film becomes an enchanting exploration of the gaps between our unexplored fantasies and what’s really going on in our hearts.

The film is produced by Jay Arnold, Rod Hamilton (The Estate) and Frank Lomento, and the consulting producer is Mark Bobadilla (Just Shoot Me). The creative team includes cinematographer Michael Franks (Saturday Night Live) and production designer Christine Brandt (Master Gardener), with casting by Lauren Bass and Jordan Bass, CSA.

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