A portrait of the last days of high school. Two friends spend all day long together, but this will inevitably come to an end. A beautiful sincere story of mixed emotions and secrets that dare not speak loud.
Juan Felipe Villanueva
High school senior Ben secretly lusts after bad boy classmate Johnny. After Ben gives Johnny a ride home one night, the boys end up in Johnny's swimming pool and have an encounter that breaks the rules and blows Ben's mind.
The seventh installment of the successful Boys Life series. Four Short Films selected from the Sundance Film Festival. Each film is uniquely auteur driven and reflects an exuberant new ... See full summary »
Saleem, an Indian student living in Leeds with his parents, meets Daz in a gay cruising spot, and they have a night of mutually enjoyable sex. Saleem is nonetheless ashamed of what he has done but, on leaving the next day, does turn round to smile at Daz.
Olle, an introverted, well-mannered boy with an air of innocence and sincerity about him has been camping with his father at the same camping ground with several other people for years now.... See full summary »
Inspired by the alarming increase in real-life tragedies involving high school bullying and suicide, Teens Like Phil tells the story of a gay teen, Phil, and his former friend, Adam, who brutally bullies him.
I saw this film advertised in the paper as one of the shorts headlining the LGBT Festival here in San Francisco and was disturbed by the premise. A young black man who's TRYING to get HIV?? My co-worker and I took off early to go see it, and there were about 5 or 6 fairly good shorts before it, but when the Young & Evil came on the entire mood of the crowd changed. Let's just say the first scene is a bit of a showstopper. Everyone was beside themselves cheering and carrying on, and it got even more intense after that.
First of all, I go to the festival here every year and RARELY see a black gay themed film at this quality level, and overall this was one of the best I saw at the fest. Some of the shots are simply breathtaking (I really loved the one with the nude black boys standing like statues), and the young man who played the lead (who is also that Joe Boxers boy, Vaughn Lowry) was exceptionally good (and as you can imagine, not half bad to look at).
Going in my biggest concern was that the story might portray gay black men or men with HIV as evil, but it didn't. As an older man who's seen several people succumb to the disease, I feel like it dealt with the matter in an upfront but sensitive way. My friend and I were so shaken up by the way it ended that we stayed after to hear the filmmakers and actors talk. I guess it's what you'd call a "call-to-arms" piece, and as one of the ONLY black men in the audience (there were at least seven-hundred people there, mainly white) I hope more of us in the community go to see it. It's a tad controversial, but very well done. If you're like me you'll be hoping for a different ending, but I guess that was the point. We always do.
Kudos to the young people who made it and to the SF LGBT Fest for screening something like this.
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