Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Strand releases "Fun in Boys' Shorts" (7 films) in early June

Strand Releasing will release a series of seven short films called “Fun in Boys’ Shorts: The Best in Gay Men’s Cinema” on June 3, 2014.  The tile is not really pun; there are seven short films.  The release seems to follow the vein of the “Boys Life” series (Jan. 28, 2008), from the Frameline Film Festival. .  

Spooners”, the first film (13 min), was the most successful for me. Directed by Bryan Horch, the film has Nelson (Walter Reploge), at the urging of his husband Corey (Ben Lerman) shopping for a new mattress at “Drowsy’s”, and finding the mattress to be a giant computer recording his every move and instinct for all in the store (and on the Internet) to see before his husband shows up.  It’s a nice satirical piece on the loss of privacy in the modern world.

Housebroken” (15 min) by Wade Gasque, gives us an attractive gay man Paul (Mark Strano) visitng a swinging LA couple (Carrie Keranen and Justin Schollard).  The intimacy may be too much for the marriage.  The film has the short of humor of “10 Rules” (April 24). 

 “Skallaman” (“Bald Guy”, 12 min, Norway), by Maria Bock, has a young man returning home to his parents after being seen dating a “short fat and bald” guy, and then later another tall and thin bald guy. The musical, with quite a lilt in the songs, is a satire on lookism and “body fascism”.  This is one of the more remarkable films of the set.

Alaska is a Drag” (14 min), by Chaz Bennett, presents a drag queen doing a macho job in a cannery near Anchorage, and befriending a more conventionally masculine gay man, and teaching him how to take care of himself.

Desanimado” ((“Unanimated”, Portugal, Emilio 8 min).  An animated character goes into therapy to deal with how the real world treats him because he is “different”.  The film always shows him in a totally real background.  The therapy dialogue goes existential, as he ponders whether belonging to the world of others is a moral imperative.   Again, this film shows some originality.

Sabbatical”,  by Glenn Kiser, not to be confused with a more recent feature, 8 min), is a break in a marriage here. Phillip (Ross Marquand) returns home to his spouse (Michael Carbarano) after having traveled to Thailand and even recovered from Malaria.

P.D.A.”, by Patrick Hancock (8 min), has Pat challenging his lover’s aloofness (and his “inexpressive heart”).  I never knew that it offended people not to use hand saniitizers.   

This review was done from a private Vimeo screener link.  

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