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In Nana’s Boys, A Black Gay Love Story Is Put To The Test In Lockdown

In Nana’s Boys, A Black Gay Love Story Is Put To The Test In Lockdown

David J. Cork and Jared Wayne Gladly in Nana's Boys
Courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures

Watch the trailer for the gay festival hit, finally making its way to a digital release next month.

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, the festival hit Nana’s Boys is heading home on digital release.

The film, by director Ashton Pina, focuses on the couple Amari (David J. Cork, P-Valley)

and Q (Jared Wayne Gladly, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) who are facing a crisis point in their relationship. The film opens on the morning of Amari’s 30th birthday, which has him questioning where is in his life and struggling to make a choice of what to do next. But instead of the welcome distraction of a birthday celebration, the couple is shocked to learn that an explosion has left New York City without utilities, and they are forced to go into lockdown.

While in lockdown, the two have no choice but to confront their issues, and memories that may prove to be devastating to their relationship.

“Upon seeing Nana’s Boys, I knew that the film was very special”, said Rich Wolff, CEO at Breaking Glass Pictures in a press release. “Director Ashton Pina’s character study of two imperfect lovers holds your attention from beginning to end with twists and turns.”

David J. Cork and Jared Wayne Gladly in Nana's Boys

Courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures

“I deliberately wanted to shine my lens on a relationship of Black gay men, a rare pairing in media,” said director Pina. “The journey of Amari and Q deserves to reach as wide of an audience as possible and I’m confident we’ll shatter expectations.”

The made its world premiere at the 2022 Inside Out Film Festival, and went on to play Reeling 2022: The 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, Newfest, aGLIFF’s Prism LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Out on Film Atlanta, and took home the coveted Best Narrative Feature award at both the Black Alphabet Film Festival and the Baltimore International Black Film Festival.

Nana’s Boys arrives on VOD/digital platforms on February 7. Watch the trailer below.

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.