SpoonersSpooners (2013)

This series, based on a short film of the same name, is a funny, sometimes cliche, and always relevant look at married, gay life.

The series starts out with a couple in their 30s (I think) who are stable in their relationship, but need a new bed as they’ve been sleeping on their futon for too long.  So the crazy part is when they go bed shopping, and all the inadvertent attention they draw as they shop as a same-sex couple in a mattress store. Continue reading “Spooners”

End of Season Sale

End of Season Sale (2014)

This short film was one my favorites from the Bloomington Pride Film Fest.  One of the audience members I was sitting next to put it succinctly when she said, “That film was like an orgasm!”

Synopsis: Late at night two aging strangers fail to obtain Viagra for a one night stand. The shortage of the desired blue pill turns out to be a blessing in disguise as the two strangers get a chance to exchange the pleasures of the flesh with the pleasures of the heart.

S_eoss1We watch as Uri tries to get Haim to fall in love with him instead of just having a one night stand.  In the process we get to see all the different reasons why one rejects love in favor of just sex.  Uri tries so hard to get to know the other man, while Haim does everything in his power to throw Uri off.  They seem almost polar opposites with each representing a different viewpoint as they artfully play off each other to find middle ground.

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Ronny & I

Ronny & I (2013) I’ve seen a number of short films in the past year, but I have to say I think this one is in my top 5.  The short synopsis is: “A young man comes to terms with his sexuality and his hidden love for his best friend.” Two best friends go away for the weekend, but it turns out one of them has feelings for the other.  Although there is some initial awkwardness, the scene turns into something unexpected.  The film explores labels and how they do or don’t define us.  It also looks at friendship, what that means, … Continue reading Ronny & I

Letter to Anita

Letter to Anita artworkLetter to Anita (2014)

It’s more than a simple letter – it’s a letter from the heart to all of the queer community.  We see the history, the struggle, and the woman who has touched so many lives through her compassion and activism.

From the movie’s website: A heart-wrenching story of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaign, its shattering effect on one Florida family, and the redemptive power of forgiveness.

The film opens with a map of marriage equality, and that struck me right away on several levels.  That map has changed drastically in just the past few weeks.  It’s amazing how the movie talks about the extreme lack of protection for LGBT people (and in some cases persecution), and the contrast to the progress made in the past decade.  It’s a reminder that both much progress has been made as well as that we should know the history of how that progress was accomplished. Continue reading “Letter to Anita”

He Likes Guys

He Likes Guys (2009) 8 Short Films Steam – um, do your own laundry. Quick and to the point. Silver Road – two friends are about to part ways and they’re driving without the lights on. An ill timed kiss leads to awkward goodbyes. Traces – a father learns the truth about his deceased son and his life. Well done. Just – a hookup leads to a discussion about monogamy versus open relationships. Laundromat – laundry day couples therapy. Any moment could be the last. Treasure each of them. Seeing You In Circles – an interesting relationship story told in … Continue reading He Likes Guys

Short Film: Jackpot

Jackpot (2012) This is a quick, focused, and full nine minute film about not only being comfortable with who you are but about being courageous about it as well. Synopsis: It’s 1994 and there’s no internet, so when closeted 14-year-old Jack Hoffman hears about a stash of porno hidden across town, he decides to brave the bully infested streets of his small New Jersey town, in hopes of getting what he wants. What happens over the course of the day will change everything.  The theme is about finding the courage to be oneself.  Even in a small part of life (like … Continue reading Short Film: Jackpot