Filmmaker Michael Witkes: ‘We Must Celebrate Queer Joy Every Chance We Get’

As he started work on the brand new season of “Interested In,” Michael Witkes hoped to supply a “healing and entertaining” expertise for viewers amid a difficult time for each the LGBTQ group and the world as an entire.

“I think we all really need good laughs right now,” stated Witkes, a New York-based actor and filmmaker, “and we must celebrate queer joy every chance we get.”

HuffPost caught a sneak peek at Season 2 of “Interested In” through the trailer under. The brand new episodes of the coming-of-age comedy will debut on YouTube Sept. 15, and choose up with Philadelphia school pupil Parker (performed by Witkes) as he continues to embrace his fact as a homosexual man.

Along with his quest for real love nonetheless unfulfilled, Parker seeks validation by way of a plethora of messy hookups. Fortuitously, his childhood finest buddy, Anya (Ava Sofia Mattox), is there to assist him preserve his feelings and hormones in verify.

Watch the Season 2 trailer for “Interested In” under.

“I’m excited to open up conversations about consent between gay men, explore a character coming into his femininity and continue to highlight unapologetic queer sexuality,” Witkes informed HuffPost of the brand new season. “It’s a more nuanced portrayal of a young [queer] person’s experiences.”

“Interested In” debuted on the streaming community Dekkoo (additionally an Amazon channel) and on YouTube in 2019. The primary season was additionally warmly acquired at San Francisco’s Frameline Movie Pageant and San Antonio’s QFest, amongst different festivals throughout the nation.

Since then, the queer group has needed to grapple with an alarming surge of anti-LGBTQ laws in lots of states. After the Supreme Court docket issued a variety of ultra-conservative rulings in June, many People are justifiably involved a couple of potential rollback of LGBTQ rights, together with same-sex marriage.

Witkes was, after all, aware of the political local weather when he started work on Season 2 of “Interested In.” Therefore, he’s made a definite effort to diversify the present’s narrative.

“I’m excited to open up conversations about consent between gay men, explore a character coming into his femininity and continue to highlight unapologetic queer sexuality,” Michael Witkes stated.

“Everything happening inspired me to lean more into darker moments, while still keeping it comedic,” he stated. “Rights are being stripped away. Republicans are coming for drag queen story hour, and it often feels like we’re going backwards in time. So, showing a character learning to love himself after coming out feels empowering.”

“Interested In” is being launched throughout an impressively sturdy time for LGBTQ-inclusive programming, due to exhibits like Netflix’s “Heartstopper” and Peacock’s “Queer as Folk.” This fall, Billy Eichner’s big-screen comedy “Bros” will characteristic a solid made up totally of LGBTQ actors, who will play each queer and heterosexual characters.

Although Witkes stated he finds the success of the collection and movies “so inspiring,” he believes “Interested In” gives content material that diverts from its mainstream counterparts in constructive methods.

“Seeing queer people in the media tells the world that we’re here,” he stated, “and we’re not going anywhere.”

Season 2 of “Interested In” hits YouTube on Sept. 15.

"Interested In" Season 2