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Watch The Trailer For Gregg Araki's New Film 'White Bird In A Blizzard': VIDEO

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Openly bisexual Japanese-American director Gregg Araki recently released the trailer for his new dramatic film White Bird in a Blizzard which explores the life of a teenage girl following her mother's sudden disappearance.

The film is an adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel and stars Shailene Woodley, Gabourey Sidibe, Christopher Meloni and Angela Bassett among others.

You may know Araki from his HIV-road movie The Living End, his "Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy" — all of which featured queer teens living in disarray — his bisexual romantic comedy Splendor or his critically-acclaimed film Mysterious Skin which starred Joseph Gordon Levitt as a gay hustler.

Araki's tenth and most recent release (Kaboom) won the Cannes Film Festival's first ever Queer Palm award for its recognition of LGBT issues during its 2010 premiere. White Bird in a Blizzard will premier at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this January.

Oh and the song in the trailer, in case you're wondering, is "Sea, Swallow Me" by Harold Budd.

See the trailer AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It's Harold Budd, not Harold Huzz

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 17, 2013 8:41:06 PM


  2. The cast alone will get me to go see this!!

    Posted by: Ankerich | Dec 17, 2013 9:23:28 PM


  3. is it really necessary to keep describing araki as "openly bisexual japanese-american"? it must be in every piece I've read about him. why is this important information from the get-go? can we drop, with the "openly blah blah blah" already too? it sounds retrograde and old-fashioned now and it just feeds the stigma of whatever it is.

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 17, 2013 9:50:32 PM


  4. JAKER, even though for us it feels antiquated to say it over and over again, there are still a lot of people who do not understand the importance of showing people that living openly about your sexuality furthers our cause to gain acceptance as normal functioning adults. Some people still think of being gay as a handicap and something to be shunned. I think it will be another few years before we can slowly start to shy away from always stating "openly gay/bisexual/etc."

    Posted by: Robert | Dec 17, 2013 9:57:04 PM


  5. Nah.

    I agree with Robert.

    It's not necessary NOW, not later.

    If people haven't figured out that some humans are gay or bisexual by this point, they're living under rocks.

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 17, 2013 10:05:11 PM


  6. Oops. I mean I agree with JAKER.

    (lol, i hate it when that happens.)

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 17, 2013 10:05:58 PM


  7. The song is by Harrold Budd and Cocteau Twins from the album -- 'The Moon And The Melodies'

    Posted by: Frederick | Dec 17, 2013 10:09:14 PM


  8. Araki's films are hit-or-miss. I remember watching The Doom Generation on HBO when I was 12 or 13, and later Nowhere, and just not getting them. He's awesome for never shying away from same-sex anything back in the day, which was pretty awesome for a gay teen in the mid-90s, but his movies were too weird for me.
    Mysterious Skin, however, was really good, way better than anything I saw of his previously.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 18, 2013 6:22:13 AM


  9. What a cast!

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 18, 2013 7:38:11 AM


  10. Memorable performance by JGL in Mysterious Skin.

    Posted by: bollox | Dec 18, 2013 8:55:43 AM


  11. This is the reality of current "news" it's all BS from some guy linking to some other thing. SO in reporting you gotta sum people up.

    Also, you would do well to examine your reaction to this, Openly bisexual Japanese American man is not an insult or an awkward sell, it's part of who that guy is, are YOU too sensitive for him to be called that? It has no bearing.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 18, 2013 10:31:22 AM


  12. Oh also, The Living End is amazingly bad, like gay Ed Wood films, it's somewhat compelling though. You almost with the gay guys had super powers to make sense of their mutant-persecution takes on life. Makes sense that his next big movie was the Doom Generation, which is just a more fantastic exploration of the living end world.

    From there you get Nowhere, which is kinda like the reverse of what just happened, it's ok but hard to follow, which is why he made it a ton less magical and more palatable in Splendor.

    Of all his films Splendor is the one I recommend. Sweet, watchable, sexy.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 18, 2013 10:38:12 AM


  13. @ FREDERICK

    Thank you. Hoping someone would know The Moon and The Melodies.

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 18, 2013 10:45:29 AM


  14. Elisabeth Fraser

    Posted by: starquisha | Dec 18, 2013 1:15:14 PM


  15. Araki always has great soundtracks. Such a great Cocteau Twins song :D

    Posted by: GBM | Dec 18, 2013 1:50:52 PM


  16. This looks amazing. And yeah anything with the Cocteau Twins is good by me too.

    Posted by: Zeddy | Dec 18, 2013 2:07:21 PM


  17. I'll start buying the "Openly bisexual Japanese American man is not an insult or an awkward sell, it's part of who that guy is" argument when I start seeing openly gay/bisexual Anglo American or English American as part of descriptions in articles. Do you get it now?

    Posted by: scudpipe | Dec 18, 2013 4:31:19 PM


  18. Araki is an overrated poseur who made ridiculous movies in the 90s that were only popular because he threw in some gay sex for shock value but his work was is no way friendly to gays. His characters were always nihilistic, especially the gay ones. He was also a complete jerk to the gay community about the whole "bisexual" thing - he was acclaimed by some gays at the time because everyone assumed he was gay and he did nothing to dissuade his fans. He used that cred to sell movies but when he married a woman, he was very indignant when he got some flack from gay people (not about being bisexual but for basically leading everyone to believe he was gay). The only movie of his I really liked was Mysterious Skin...

    Posted by: etseq | Dec 18, 2013 5:39:48 PM


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