Erotic LGBT thriller 'The Breeding' to hit theaters on September 7
The film centers around Thomas, a young artist whose obsession with BDSM leads to life-altering consequences.
Winner of the 'Best Feature' award at The 2018 Harlem International Film Festival, 'The Breeding' aims to start a conversation on race relations in today’s LGBTQ community. The film centers around Thomas (Marcus Bellamy), a young artist whose obsession with BDSM (bondage and discipline, sadism and masochism) leads to life-altering consequences. Executive produced by Dwight Allen O’Neal, the film explores the basic animalistic instincts of humans and how many of us are willing to do regrettable, unimaginable and typically uncharacteristic things in order to fulfill our primal needs. 'The Breeding' was screened in New York on Friday, August 24 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, August 25 at 10 p.m at the Julia de Bugos Latino Cultural Center (1680 Lexington Ave), as part of the HBO NY Latino Film Festival. A limited theatrical run of 'The Breeding' begins September 7 at select theaters in Los Angeles.
"'Take a Knee' and the Black Lives Matter movement continue to rock society, but no one is discussing these issues through an LGBTQ filter," explains writer Dane Joseph, a gay black male and co-founder of the innovative production company, Novo Novus Productions. The studio spotlights LGBTQ people of color and their unique stories. Daniel Armando the director of 'The Breeding' who identifies as a gay latino male said, "Our films are about people who look like us and live similar experiences as we do."
Discussing the inspiration behind the film, Joseph said, "The idea for The Breeding came from an art piece on Harmen van den Bogaert, a slave master in the pre-Civil War era, accused of sodomy with his slave,” explains Joseph. “The crime was punishable by death so master and slave fled and later died on the run, falling through a frozen lake. The artist envisioned their plight as a forbidden love story. I felt it to be a problematic interpretation and so I began research on master-slave relationships. It led to my discovering BDSM, where racially charged situations and language are used during cross-cultural sexual encounters. My mind began to wonder how people of color could reconcile that sort of behavior, considering the horrific past from which the practice stems." He also began to question whether fetishes based on race dehumanize LGBTQ people of color and perpetuate harmful myths such as the black Mandingo.
Producer Dwight Allen O’Neal said, "Sexual identity within the black and Latino communities is a challenging subject to take on. It is the unique complexities, largely due to religion and tradition, that fascinate us at Novo Novus and drive our current stories. We imagine it will for some time as there is so much more to explore."