The Shiny Shrimps fits perfectly within the canon of heart-warming sports films that are happy to not take themselves too seriously. Having it’s premiere at the Merlinka Festival this December, this film is sure to prove to be popular among audiences while helping to promote acceptance in sports. Water polo has never looked so fun.
Released in 2014 and directed by Chris Nelson, Date and Switch is a twist on the typical high school comedy, filmed in Vancouver. Two best friends, Matty and Michael, played by Hunter Cope and Nicholas Braun, respectively, promising to get laid before senior prom. Their plan takes a turn when Matty comes out of the closet, with hilarious and endearing results.
In the beginning, the harshness of these films, complete with their aforementioned surrealist edge, made things difficult. Nobody seemed interested in screening them, deeming them as too controversial. Some even called them homophobic and Hickling recalls, “I was criticized not only by the straight community but also by the gay community. But I think that as the work started being shown and selected, people started to re-look and re-think.”
Black Ocean, written and directed by Marion Hänsel and first screened at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, tells the story of three young men aboard a French naval vessel in the South Pacific in 1972. Adrien Jolivet, Nicolas Robin, and Romain David star as the three young sailors in this Belgian coming-of-age story, loosely based on the short stories of Hubert Mingarelli.
I Want Your Love tells the story of Jesse and his friends who are all forced to confront their deepest feelings and inner demons on the night of Jesse’s going away party. Released in 2012, the film was written and directed by Travis Mathews, and stars Jesse Metzger, Brontez Purnell, Ben Jasper and Keith McDonald.
White Frog made its début in 2012 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. The film is directed by Quentin Lee and co-written by the mother/daughter duo Fabienne Wen and Ellie Wen. This film puts the spotlight on the troubles of a handicapped gay teenager who struggles with life after he tragically loses his brother. Booboo Stewart of Twilight fame takes centre stage in the film.
Moffie, explora con autenticidad y vulnerabilidad una historia que no ha sido contada a nivel comercial, y gracias a la tenacidad del escritor-director Hermanus, esta cinta ayudará a entender el antes y después de una sociedad lidiando con trauma, y detalla de una manera brutal la noción que como la exterminación hacia lo diferente no siempre es algo táctil, sino también, mental.
The Fluffer is directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (who also wrote the screenplay). Released in 2001, The Fluffer is an independent film that explores a story of one man’s obsessive love for another whose hedonistic lifestyle places him on a path of destruction. The film stars Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio and Roxanne Day.
When it comes to growing up in a religious environment, discovering your own sexuality can be a bit of a struggle, as nature battles against nurture. While your feelings are telling you one thing, the lessons that have been drilled into you since you could read say the opposite. This conflict only grows stronger when introducing a potential love interest who seems to understand you better than you know yourself.
Solo is a 2013 erotic thriller from Argentinian director Marcelo Briem Stamm. Starring Patricio Ramos and Mario Varón, it tells a story about love, chemistry, and the dangers of connecting with strangers online. What starts as a sweet romance gets tenser and tenser, culminating with a surprising twist.