Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Second set of "Straight Men and the Men Who Love Them": yes, some real substance
The collection “Straight Men and the Men Who Love Them 2” (the second of the franchise) from Ariztical, Hollywood Independents and producer/director Jorge Ameer, has nine films, well, really seven, or eight, depending on how you count. (An acronym for the film set is "Str8 Men & the Men Who Love Them".)
Yes, personally, being attached to a "straight" man is familiar territory, including some episodes from earlier in my life, and I guess Ameer could make short films of them. I can think of a situation where I could say "He owes me..", and let Ameer prove it in cinema.
The largest film of the set is “Confidences” (23 min), actually directed by William Branden Blinn. A young, strident, gawky thirty-something man can’t satisfy his fiancée, after a critical attempt in the kitchen, and the wedding is cancelled. An African-American friend brings him back to life (metaphorically), and he gets to try his suitability for "traditional" marriage again. (Sorry, the word "marriage" is no longer clear enough without an adjective.)
Blinn also directs “Thirteen or So Minutes” (13 min), where two likeable and really wholesome young men (Nick Soper and Carlos Solas) talk the morning after a tryst. “I am normal, you are normal.” Both are the kind of people everyone notices and wants on a dance floor.
Ameer’s main attraction is “The House of Adam: the Short Film” (21 min), which is a study for a feature by the same name, which now can be rented (it is on my list). In the Tahoe resort area, an ailing man has hired a gay man to run his café. The gay man is taunted by homophobic visitors. The owner hires his son Anthony (John Shaw) to make sure the gay man isn’t responsible for the loss of cash. The gay man Adam (Jared Cadwell) needs his job to take care of his mother, and Anthony has his own secrets. The prequel to the short shows Adam(?) being struck by a car on a lonely road, as a preview of the feature (2006). It may have some similarities to the Matthew Shepard story.
Ameer also directs a black comedy “Midnight Snack” (15 min) where a “straight” male filmmaker is given a date-rape drug in a bar, and faces knives at the home of his captor. Or is this just S&M with "love"?
“Courtship at the Office”, by Ameer (6 min) has a gay boss giving flowers to a straight subordinate. The film is a spoof on serious film, with its long end credits.
“Reunited”, by Ameer, is about an attack in a garage in Panama – except that the attacker knows the victim after all.
“A Soldier’s Choice”, by Adrian Burke, filmed in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC, has a young street hunk meeting a Marine about to deployed to Afghanistan, in the waning days of “don’t ask don’t tell”.
The DVD starts out with two jokes, “Tease” and “Subconcious" (sic, “Subconscious”). I’ll just say, as a drag queen once did after “penalizing” a man in a show, “There’s no hair there.”
The DVD has a trailer for Ameer’s “The Dark Side of Love”, to be released in 2012.
My picture, from MD gay marriage law singing, March 1.