Music Video | News

Finding Sexuality, Acceptance in 'Cold Star': VIDEO


A mesmerizing short about bullying, tolerance and sexuality by German director Kai Stänicke.


(via one angry queer)


Feed This post's comment feed


  1. This video is awesome metaphor for enlightenment.
    The frie lady should of been been a good old Maggie cameo eat away her misery and not joining in.

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 29, 2011 1:17:56 PM

  2. and doesnt Tilda Swinton look fabulous in it?!

    Posted by: MrJ | Aug 29, 2011 1:26:36 PM

  3. THAT was freakin' awesome and a pretty good song too.

    I wonder if this taking place in water is an underlying theme that sexuality is somewhat fluid? (until experience helps you choose a team ; )

    Posted by: RONTEX | Aug 29, 2011 1:31:27 PM

  4. Wow! Excellent.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 29, 2011 1:41:42 PM

  5. there's also the cool message that it was drag queens (even from before Stonewall and Compton's) who showed us the way to sexual freedom.

    the woman with the fries shows us the alternative, the sublimation of our sexual impulses, in this case toward food.

    Posted by: troy | Aug 29, 2011 1:44:37 PM

  6. That was at once beautiful and difficult to watch, but then that is the way with powerful ideas. Difficult because the film asks us to break out of fears generated by dogmatic social criteria about what it means to be human. Powerful because it asks us to look upon the true faces of humanity and see ourselves improved by the experiences of love embraced, and that we are reduced and limited if we refuse.

    Posted by: T. Hayes | Aug 29, 2011 1:52:27 PM

  7. This film was one of the short films at the San Francisco GLBT filmfest this past June and got a standing ovation. I wish every struggling GLBT....youth could watch this 7 minute video and be inspired! Everything about it is AMAZING. The photography,the music,the acting and most importantly the incredible message of tolerance/acceptance/being your own person!
    Hopefully this will get out to the mainstream masses because it just makes the religious freaks lose it!
    Bravo for posting.
    Amazing stuff!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Aug 29, 2011 1:53:44 PM

  8. very cool.

    Posted by: TooBoot | Aug 29, 2011 2:19:58 PM

  9. This video is awesome, with strong hints from the '80s and the '90s and a D.Lynch'ish feel! I loved it.

    Posted by: Xavi | Aug 29, 2011 2:29:09 PM

  10. This was 'mesmerizing?' Good lord, how our standards have fallen. Repulsive to look at, ridiculous to listen to. Ack.

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 29, 2011 2:33:17 PM

  11. Bravo!

    Posted by: John Simpson | Aug 29, 2011 2:43:55 PM

  12. It's a very interesting video, to say the least. A lot in the video I didn't expect. The message about bullying is hidden if you don't pay close attention.

    I would say it's a good video overall.

    Posted by: Sam | Aug 29, 2011 2:49:40 PM

  13. @Bob, somewhere a rock is missing it's Troll, oh yeah, it's you.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Aug 29, 2011 2:50:19 PM

  14. I don't really see anything David Lynchian about it. Sry. Just sayin.

    Posted by: Ben | Aug 29, 2011 2:50:38 PM

  15. @Rontext -- a simple aesthetic criticism warrants calls of "troll?" Who taught you civility?

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 29, 2011 2:57:28 PM

  16. Another brilliant way to look at our discomfort(s)...

    Posted by: D Gregory Smith | Aug 29, 2011 3:09:38 PM

  17. I see the beginnings of an orgy in a pool. Big deal.

    Posted by: kris | Aug 29, 2011 3:10:46 PM

  18. I will go a step further and say this is total rubbish. I am sure they were trying very hard to say something, but it came off as very creepy. But I suppose we are all supposed to be in lock step with the "anything goes" agenda. Whatever, you can keep your creepy old drag queen metaphors.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Aug 29, 2011 3:14:17 PM

  19. Immature bleatings of "repulsive" and "ridiculous" constitute aesthetic criticism now? My how our standards have fallen. At least we agree there!

    Posted by: T | Aug 29, 2011 3:18:57 PM

  20. I don't really get it but I also didn't watch the whole thing. Still think that the person who disapproves of the "anything goes agenda" (with a woman's name?) must be rather boring.

    Posted by: gggggb | Aug 29, 2011 3:32:30 PM

  21. @T, I have a specific aesthetic criticism, if it makes you feel any better: why must the only musical genre represented in LGBT-specific videos be thumping club music? I honestly found the music choice to be cliché and lazy, and that it might have been a much better video with different music.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Aug 29, 2011 3:58:54 PM

  22. The drag queen was mesmerizing. He was the sexiest guy in the video.

    Posted by: IAN F | Aug 29, 2011 4:02:32 PM

  23. @ Bob, who taught you to spell, it's Rontex, not Rontext. Thanks "T", my thoughts on Bob's aesthetic criticism exactly. And Lisa, just because you didn't like the video doesn't mean it has an "agenda" other than perhaps reminding people that minds and hearts work better when they are open.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Aug 29, 2011 4:02:59 PM

  24. Beyond its beautiful imagery and intentions –and obviously I understand the point of it all- I can’t but to also thing about how those opposed to us can perceive the film. And I get that where we see bravery and taking the jump for acceptance and sexuality despite bulling or anger they would revive that old idea of the old queer whose intentions are to pervert the community and produce uncontrolled promiscuity. So while the film is good I see that it would fail into building bridges for some people. The metaphor of an open softened orgy in a swimming pool is something that can be argued against from so many angles the good original idea could get mudded and stranded.
    Nowadays it not only important to congratulate ourselves with messages that already confirm what most of us know and can strengthen our feelings, but to build understanding, step by step and in an easy way to get, because not everybody can read the big background. Some people will just literally see what’s there and some others will dub it in a not very flattering –and hateful way-. The shock value can only be useful for those able and willing to think and change. The shock value for others will stay in shock and produce disgust and retreat from any possibility of changing their mind.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Aug 29, 2011 4:07:48 PM

  25. @Rontex, there is most certainly an agenda an a message the producers of this video are trying to make (trying a lot too hard). Dont fool yourself. Ironic that your idea of having an open mind only credits those who like the product and the message. blech.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Aug 29, 2011 4:21:08 PM

  26. 1 2 3 »

Post a comment


« «Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays Join 'It Gets Better' Project: VIDEOS« «