Naivity. Confusion. Teenage Derik escapes his town for Los Angeles in search of something. Lost in the city maze and seduced by a hustler, he finds himself.

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Dustin Varpness ...
Derik
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Hustler
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Scam man (as Matt Ryan)
Justin Allston ...
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Adam Goldstein ...
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In L.A., Derik discovers the open city lifestyle along with its dark underside. When a hustler seduces Derik, he gets fleeced. But when the pimp blows their cover, Derik desperately searches for his wallet, finds it, and escapes their web. He jumps onto a subway, and discovers that the hustler spared him his cash: he remembers the passionate kiss. Derik returns home with a clearer understanding of his own feelings and the self-confidence of a stronger individual. Written by MT

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This was an original short film project at USC, which required student partners to creatively collaborate in making a non-dialogue short film at exactly 5:30 or under. In order to preserve the spontaneity of the moment essential to this story, the two leads were kept from meeting or rehearsing together until the camera was rolling. See more »

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17 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Derik (the incredibly beautiful Dustin Varpness) is gay and taunted for it. He goes to Los Angeles to find somebody to have sex with. When there he has a hot man look him up and motion for him to follow him. They go to a deserted part of the city in a building and share a long kiss. What Derik doesn't know is that man is a hustler and just interested in getting his wallet...or is he?

This was done for USC as part of a class. There's no dialogue at all. Just sound effects and music to set the mood. The acting is great and the movie ends on a reasonably positive note. Also Varpness is a good actor but also one of the best-looking men I've ever seen. Worth seeing just for him.


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