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Phoenix (2006)

Unrated | | Drama | 30 January 2006 (USA)
Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic L'Avventura, Michael Akers' "PHOENIX" is infused with symbolism and a sexy spark. Dylan Wells (Chad Edward Bartley) has a good job, a great... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Chad Bartley Chad Bartley ... Dylan Wells
Jeff Castle Jeff Castle ... Demetrius Stone
Gaetano Jones ... Ken Sparks
Bruce Cronander ... Gunther
Conrad Angel Corral ... Lewis (as Conrad Corral)
Deven Green ... Resort Trainee
Laura Slik Laura Slik ... Resort Clerk
Joel Bryant ... Work Site Security Guard
A.J. Sullivan A.J. Sullivan ... Detective Smith (as AJ Sullivan)
Michael D. Akers Michael D. Akers ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Akers Michael)
Sandon Berg Sandon Berg ... Additional Voices (voice)


Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic L'Avventura, Michael Akers' "PHOENIX" is infused with symbolism and a sexy spark. Dylan Wells (Chad Edward Bartley) has a good job, a great apartment and an exciting relationship with Ken Sparks (Gaetano Jones, Boystown), his sexy well traveled boyfriend who just might be "the one." A great life, or so he believes, until Ken's visit for Dylan's 23rd birthday party is unexpectedly cut short when Ken is suddenly called away to tend to a failing real estate deal, and then disappears.

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Sometimes the shortest romances are the ones you remember forever. See more »




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Release Date:

30 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Michael Akers' Phoenix See more »

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United Gay Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The art piece that Ken gives to Dylan looks very similar to the urn that Jack has his mother's ashes in in Aker's film "Morgan". See more »


Referenced in Morgan (2012) See more »

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This work of a mature artist, indie Phoenix bookends Philadelphia
16 November 2007 | by anachreonSee all my reviews

A mature style in any art form is marked by restraint, clarity of vision, objective taste, trust in the storyline presented. All of these criteria are met handsomely in Phoenix, an aptly named film of emotional loss and renewal. With none of the firepower of a Hollywood blockbuster like Philadelphia, this film captures the very essence of the gay gestalt of two distinct generations: youth and early middle age. These come together in the unexpected relationship of the two protagonists, young Dylan and Demetrius, who is in his late-thirties. I have seldom seen more poised gay performances than those by the two leads: Chad Bartley (Dylan) and John Castle (Demetrius). The script is realistic with no bows to the bothersome bad habit of most gay productions these days: insistent multi-culturism. There are no bitchy, but good-hearted queens; there are no oracular African-Americans; there are no effeminate agony aunts. (There is an older, more experienced couple who appear briefly, but they are not obtrusive)...just the two men, working from an excellent script which panders to no value except fidelity to its subject. All of the production values are excellent, including the photography. If you're in the biz, watch this film and learn. If not,just sit back and admire one the best gay films ever made. Obviously, I loved it. BTW, I have no connection whatsoever to the makers of this film.

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