Gay Short Film Showcase: Flatmates – Is there more than friendship in the love between two male friends?

Flatmates-kompisar-short-filmI’m not sure when the word ‘bromance’ was invented, but we definitely didn’t talk about them as much in 2007 as we do now. That’s doesn’t mean they didn’t exist, as the short film Flatmates (Kompisar) shows.

And as many people still wonder today, it questions whether exceptionally close male friendships may contain something sexual that neither person wants to fully admit.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Two friends, Björn and Hampus, decide to move in together. If one ignores the fact that the two men are completely different, theirs is a close relationship. Being in love with your best friend and, in spite of this, or because of it, arguing to the point where it becomes unbearable.’

It’s a great film, which does a good job of initially making you wonder whether the building sexual tension is real or whether it’s just there because the viewer wants it to be. However as it continues things do inevitably reach boiling point when the men end up in bed together.

Take a look at the film below.

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Max’s Underpants: Episodes 1&2 – The underwear model teaches us about VPL & aroused straight guys

maxs-underpants-ep2Being a professional underwear model is a bit of an odd job, something the very hunky and popular Max Emerson is well aware of and has decided to leverage for his new web series, Max’s Underpants, where he teaches us all about the oddities and benefits of his barely clothed job.

The first two episodes of Max’s Underpants have now been released and they’re a lot of fun, not just because of the beefcake on display, but also because it’s actually very humourous. Emerson is helped with that by guest stars including a brilliant turn from Willam Belli (who certainly shows us a way of eating bread we’d all enjoy), and the gorgeous Colby Melvin, another gay guy who spends much of his life posing in just his undies.

However here Colby has to do his best straight bro impression, playing a ‘heterosexual’ underwear model who Max suggests must be at least a little bit gay to do what he does for a living (Max makes straight guys modelling undies sound a bit like gay for pay porn to be honest).

IMax’s Underpants is great fun and surprisingly sexy, so take a look at the first two episodes below, with Max promising more on a weekly basis. [Read more…]

Gay Short Film Showcase: You’re Cute For A Black Guy – The short doc shines a light on being black and gay

you're-cute-for-a-black-guyWhile we might not like to think that prejudice exists within the gay community, the fact is that it does, and when it comes to race some of us can be as dumb and ignorant as straight people can – indeed some might suggest moreso, considering the number of ‘No Blacks’, and ‘No Asians’ statements openly included on Grindr profiles.

Filmmaker Cameron Johnson has decided to shine a light on this, highlighting what black gay men have been told by white gay men, which ranges from the bizarre to the stereotypical to the just plain racist.

Johnson told Huffington Post, “I made this piece because I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t crazy. I couldn’t be the only gay black man who white dates have said insane things to, so I ventured to find others who shared my experiences. What I discovered is that my story isn’t uncommon, it’s just untold… I hope that my work will help to broaden the discussions of what it looks like to be a gay man in 2015, and give people insight into worlds they haven’t understood. Also, seriously never say any of these things to black men again.”

Take a look at short documentary below.

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Gay Short Film Showcase: Owning Our Faith – Looking at the struggle for gay Catholics

owning-our-faithIn the media it often comes across as if the gay rights struggle is essentially LGBTs vs. the Christians, but the reality is far more complex than that, with plenty of people of faith who are completely on board with gay equality, and a lot of LGBT people who whole-heartedly believe in God(s).

That includes many Catholics, who remain part of the Church even if the denomination often seems hostile to gay people (particularly in the US, which tends to be more hardline than the ‘soft’ homophobia of many European Catholic bishops). Now some gay Catholics have told their story in the documentary short Owning Our Faith, all about what it is to be LGBT and Christian.

On the film’s website the makers say: ‘In November 2014, several LGBT Catholics from the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City launched a project concerning the relationship between the Catholic Church and people of sexual and gender minorities. The goals of this project are to foster dialogue about and encourage greater inclusion and acceptance of LGBT people in the Church. In October 2014, Pope Francis convened a synod of bishops to discuss issues of the family within the Catholic Church, including the topic of homosexuality.  The Pope has encouraged ongoing conversation on these topics in preparation for the Ordinary Synod on the Family, set to take place in October 2015.

‘We want our stories to be a part of the discussion because LGBT people have unique gifts to contribute to the life of the Church. We hope the Church recognizes that God is working through our life stories. We want to inspire change that will strengthen families, encourage acceptance of LGBT people, foster an inclusive community, and promote an open and accepting dialogue among Catholics across the world. Most of all, we want everyone to know they are loved and not alone.’

Take a look at the documentary short below.

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Gay Short Film Showcase: Dog Meet Goose – A meeting between a teen and an older man gets ever more morally complex

dog-meet-goose-short-filmI was all ready to dislike Dog Meet Goose, partly because it has a daft name and partly because it opens with the rather pretentious text, ‘The following presentation was designed as a cinematic experience. Please consider dimming lights, using the best available sound, and watching in full screen’.

When a film gets passive-aggressive before it’s even started (although I’m sure the filmmakers didn’t view it that way), it doesn’t give the viewer much hope.

However the short itself surprises with some great characters and interesting ideas.

The brief synopsis says: ‘A troubled teen seeks help from his neighbor who has a secret.’

The teen knows that there are rumours and speculation about the older man, who’s on ‘the list’ and most people think he should therefore be avoided. The man is initially reluctant to have the teen around, knowing what people will say, but the younger guy says he needs someone to talk to, and as they do, they both reveal more about themselves and the picture gets ever more complex.

It’s an edgy film that sits on the cusp between what is acceptable and what isn’t, as well those things which are legal and aren’t, and whether those things always make perfect sense in the arena of sexuality. Some will find it somewhat disturbing, partly because its about a young man and a much older gent, and partly because it’s the younger person ‘grooming’ the older one in a way that gets to the edge of being a ephebophile’s (someone attracted to teenagers) fantasy.

Indeed overall Dog Meet Goose is difficult one that sits on the cusp of morality, not making judgements but asking a lot of questions of the audience, even if it goes a little over the top at the end. You can watch the full short film below.

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Teaser Short Film Trailer – Looking at drug addiction in the LGBT community

teaser-adam-jonesThere is all sorts of work going on in the world of LGBT-themed cinema, from films that desperately want to be commercial to those that are always going to struggle to find a wide audience due their avant garde nature.

Adam Jones’ Teaser definitely skews towards that end of the spectrum. As he told us, ‘I’m a student filmmaker [making] a video project on gay men & the drug scene, a great story of recovery.

‘The short film starts shooting next month. The story is based on my story and recovery with drug use, we are shooting in a super 8 style to bring the daily issue to a whole new level cinematically. The teaser has shots of old cell phone footage of drug use, but a strong 2 min visual of imagery and symbolism. The story begins at Azure Acres Treatment where a young man’s recovery takes place.

‘I’m looking forward to present the short film in April at a live screening.’

He adds, ‘As the film begins at Azure Acres treatment center (Napa,CA), we go back in time to a year before entering treatment. Not only capturing every detail of how meth was introduced into the young man’s life, we are showing the actual steps he took to the road of destruction through dream sequences & cinematic clips pieced together into a story.’

The teaser for the film below certainly suggest this isn’t going to be an easy movie, but it could be a very intriguing one with its use of montage, contrasting images of gay life with drug imagery. Take a look. [Read more…]

Gay Short Film Showcase: The Boy Who Couldn’t Swim – Two teens bond before a first kiss

boy-who-couldn't-swim-short-filmFilms about first kisses are often rather sweet, although as The Boy Who Couldn’t Swim is half an hour long, it would easily outstay its welcome if there wasn’t more to it than that. Thankfully there is, as it’s a good story with some naturalistic acting and moments that will put a smile on your face.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Rasmus arrives in Copenhagen determined to find his mother whom he has never met. Having just arrived at Copenhagen Central Station Rasmus is approached by Nicklas who wants Rasmus to help him by keeping a stolen IPod. Rasmus does so and to return the favor Nicklas offers to give Rasmus a ride to his mother’s house. Reluctantly Rasmus accepts the offer and that kicks off a day that holds lots of fun and reveals hidden feelings.’

You can watch the full short film below.

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Gay Short Film Showcase: Dear Friend – A teenage boy falls for his best friend in the 1960s

dear-friend-short-filmTwo people having to deal with their feelings when they’re about to be split apart is a popular subject in short films, but it’s often an effective one, as it is here in Dear Friend.

Shot in 2 days, Dear Friend tells the story of seventeen-year-old Christian who in 1965, falls in love with his best friend, James.

Things are further complicated when on the night before James is about to leave, Christian tries to make his feelings known but gets rejected. That sets things up for a showdown the next morning when the two confront one another in a way that could reveal Christian’s secret to his father.

Take a look at the short below.

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Gay Short Film Showcase: Bromance – Homoerotic male friendship gets explored through dance

bromance-short-filmIf you put the words ‘modern’ and ‘dance’ together a lot of people immediately roll their eyes. Perhaps this video will change your mind though.

It’s a celebration of the Bromance, with three guys showing the bonds that can grow between men, and doing it through the medium of dance.

You’ll be pleased to hear that they don’t shy away from the homoerotic edge that can come with these friendships, whether it’s acknowledged or not, along with the a strong feeling of how these peoples’ lives are bound together.

It may not be ‘gay’ exactly, but it’s as close as you can’t get without saying ‘no homo’.

You can take a look at Bertil Nilsson’s sexy short film below.

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Gay Short Film Showcase: 100m Freestyle – A man deals with his feelings for his straight best friend

100m-freestyle-short-film100m Freestyle is a great little film about a subject many gay men will know well – trying to deal with your feelings for someone you know is almost certainly straight and won’t feel the same way you do.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Polo and Domingo spend their last days together between Ciudad Mendoza and Cordoba, in Veracruz, Mexico, before Domingo moves to another city. Domingo has to say goodbye to his girlfriend, Mina; while Polo deals with his feelings towards his best friend in the little time they have left.’

You can watch the full film below. It’s sweet and well worth sticking with.

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