On the verge of suicide, a gay man learns the meaning of life from a bag lady in Gantry State Park.


Tom Lazarus


Robert Austin Rossi (as Robert Rossi)




Credited cast:
Barbara Bayes Barbara Bayes ... Sylvia
Elizabeth Bove ... Gabriella
David Edwin ... Chris (as David Williams)
Philip O'Gorman Philip O'Gorman ... Martin
Andrew Russell Andrew Russell ... Eric


On the verge of suicide, a gay man learns the meaning of life from a bag lady in Gantry State Park.

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Short | Drama



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18 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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New York, USA See more »

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Winner of Several Short Film Awards
10 March 2016 | by rossirobertgSee all my reviews

Official Selection of L.A. Shorts Best Actress Platinum Award to Elizabeth Bove L.A. Shorts Official Selection of Best Shorts Award of Recognition Tom Lazarus, Robert Austin Rossi Best Shorts Official Selection of L.A. Independent Films Official Selection of Los Angeles CineFest Official Selection of New York Film Screenings Official Selection of Culver City Film Festival Filmed entirely in New York, West Village, Brooklyn and Gantry State Park, "The Bench" is making the short film circuit and has been recognized by several festivals. Tom Lazarus, Robert Austin Rossi and Elizabeth Bove have all been recognized. The film is a homage to the Equal Rights Campaign which fought diligently for gay marriage. Although now a right of every gay man and lesbian woman, the film deals with ongoing prejudice which hits close to home and the effect that prejudice could have on someone we love.

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