Frankie embarks on a budding relationship with Todd (Matthew Risch), a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie's innocent. As Frankie and Todd's friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk - it's the early years of the epidemic - but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief.
We have an exclusive clip from Test, which makes its debut on DVD today. Watch as Frankie takes to the stage for an empowering solo routine in a scene you'll remember long after you see it.
The captivating dance sequences were especially
Here’s an arresting point of intrigue into the miasma of historical reexaminations of the AIDS onslaught—the fear and trepidation associated with the initial development of the test used to detect infection. Would the government use it to quarantine, as a way to cordon off the diseased before they could spread the virus among others? Would it be information employers could get a hold of? The endless anxieties that resulted from something as simple as confirmation were boundless, and so, Chris Mason Johnson’s sophomore film, Test, manages to gain a unique perspective in this examination of knowing one’s status and the implementation of safe sex. Cineastes may compare its anxious final act to Agnes Varda’s New Wave classic, Cleo From 5 to 7, though Johnson’s film doesn’t quite grapple with its protagonist
Frankie (newcomer Scott Marlowe, looking like a more willowy Octavian) is a junior member of a dance troupe, seemingly fated to remain in the wings as the understudy. Nervous and insecure, he’s preoccupied with the general paranoia surrounding AIDS at a time when those with the disease were shunned,
A poignant drama set in San Francisco, “Test” chronicles the romance between two young male dancers from a prestigious company in 1985, when AIDS epidemics started to spread, fueling fears within the gay community and homophobia.
Pic toplines Scott Marlowe, a professional dancer who is making his acting debut, and Matthew Risch, a Broadway performer who’s appeared in various movies, including “Legally Blonde” and “Sex And The City 2.”
“Test” has been critically-aclaimed since bowing at Seattle festival and playing at Outfest, where it earned Mason Johnson a jury prize for outstanding screenwriting and was voted outstanding dramatic feature.
Mason Johnson, who began his career as a ballet dancer, produced with Chris Martin via Serious Prods.
A total of 50 features will be chosen for the Panorama section of the 2014 Berlinale (Feb 6-16), films that “provide insight on new directions in art house cinema”, and the first 19 have been announced. A total of 11 of those selected are world premieres.
The opening film will mark the international premiere of Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent, a look at the life of the French designer from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge.
The opening screening on Feb 7 will see Berlin’s flagship cinema, the Zoo Palast, re-inaugurated as a Berlinale venue after extensive renovations.
Also in the line-up are new films from Michel Gondry, Kutluğ
Among the pics confirmed so far are those by Michel Gondry, Kutlug Ataman, Robert Lepage, Sophie Fillieres, Benjamin Heisenberg, Maximilian Erlenwein, John Michael McDonagh and Tsai Ming-liang.
Gondry’s “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?,” an animated docu in which the director converses with philosopher/linguist/political activist Noam Chomsky, premiered last month at Doc NYC, the Gotham documentary festival.
The lineup includes two directorial debuts by U.S. helmers, “Things People Do” by Saar Klein, and “The Better Angels” by A. J. Edwards.
Latin America will be well represented. Two Brazilian productions were named today — Daniel Ribeiro’s “Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho” (The Way He Looks), and “O Homem das Multidoes”(The
(Anyone who ever attended NewFest when it was held at the New School with its second-rate visuals and third-rate resonance will rejoice.)
In the past, this deliciously raucous event has screened a mixed bag of semi-brilliant to much-less-so offerings, many you'll never ever get to see anywhere else on a "big" screen whether you reside in the Big Apple or in Idaho. On the plus side, watching a woefully dreadful movie with a roomful of knowing Glbtq cinephiles is often a hoot.
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