Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Short but sweet


Scene from Dish.
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Highlights from the first week of shorts programs from Frameline 33:

Thirteen or So Minutes In a nervy little talk fest that adherers to its own special clock, two straight, well put-together guys find a sinful attraction they never expected to encounter in another guy. Branden Blinn smartly cuts to the bedroom just as the shy bottom guy, Hugh (Carlos Salas), exclaims, "What just happened here?" to his self-assured top, Lawrence (Nick Soper). Lawrence thinks the heart can trump primal fears, taboos, even DNA – feelings that square with Walt Whitman's "adhesiveness." Beginning with lust, and climaxing, perhaps, in a thing called love, this story reaffirms our fondest dreams. (Fun in Boys' Shorts, Castro, 6/20, 27; Bi Request, Roxie, 6/24)

Dish Brian Harris Krinsky catches the rhythms, special lingo and social pecking order of a circle of Hispanic gay teens in East LA. Fifteen-year-old Israel (Matthew Monge) seems to care for nothing but his lovely mane while best buddy Louis (Jeff Martin) keeps him in touch with the barrio's shagging rites. It takes the siren call of the nervy Ricky (Octavio Altamirano) for Israel to decide just how grownup he wants to be. (Fun in Boys)

The Fetish Education Who knew the supposedly frosty Swiss were this kinky! Filippo Fillinger's wickedly funny short begins with a handsome but dull young man (Fillinger) whining to his mom, his girlfriend and even to fellow postal workers that his faculty advisor is "stealing" the main ideas behind his graduation thesis. Dialectics turn to farce when the student discovers his professor likes to be spanked. The student gets the whip-hand, his thesis and some tips on how to put the zest back in his own bedroom, in a comic, erotic classic. (Swiss Treats, Castro, 6/24)

Weak Species "I only feel relevant when I'm having sex." Dan Faltz demonstrates how well he's learned the lessons of how to bring the dark, prickly world of Dennis Cooper to the screen. George (Erik Smith) is the prototypical Cooper teen: groping for release in a high school world of senseless regimentation, restroom bullies, and queer peers whose attitudes are crueler than the jocks. Told to fuck off after a one-night stand with snobbish class artist Steve (Brendan Bradley), George's sex life devolves into a series of increasingly dangerous adult tricks.

Faltz is unsparing in his depiction of Steve's delusional crush on a homophobic football player, neatly juxtaposing each boy's fate. The almost graphic violence will push sensitive souls to the brink, but hang in for an explication of "good" and "bad" desire. (The Young and the Lost, Castro, 6/19)

Bus Stop Ruba Hatem demonstrates how a London transit stop can totally rearrange the social fabric between a blonde, a brunette and a hairy guy who's good in the kitchen.

Flotsam Michael Curtis Johnson flirts with the outward plot of a lesbian Last Detail before spinning a more personal tale of how the US Navy can produce emotional ha

Scene from Bus Stop.
voc across some formidable social barriers, even in the supposedly fluid Southland. (Bi Request, Roxie, 6/24)

Little Mutinies Three women, a mom and two almost-grown sisters, find the accommodations a little stifling in a small RV. Queer diva Guinevere Turner is sublime as a mom who'd just like to get a little reading in before bed. Elizabeth Stark and Angie Powers find nonverbal cues for this story's cute switcheroo.

Don't Mess with Texas Carrie Schrader and Tricia Cooke have crafted a bright, cartoon-like refutation to all those nasty lies about my Lone Star queer homeland. Be alert for a special cameo by Silas Howard (By Hook or by Crook).

Countertransference This droll spoof about therapy, pushy therapists, odd shops, and terribly inhibited plain-Jane women may owe some of its inventive spunk to Being John Malkovich, but Madeleine Olnek's short is originally hilarious and very New York.

U-Haul Rap Bob Koherr produces a toe-tapping hip hop classic about the migratory habits of lesbians with too many possessions for a VW bug. (Fun in Girls' Shorts, Castro, 6/20)

Lushes Paris, Texas boy sensation Ash Christian headlines and directs this lovely spoof of LA gutter drag and its denizens.

Get Happy The amazing tale of a 13-year-old, Houston-raised teen drag diva whose home movies capturing the souls of Barbra, Liza, etc., eventually catapult him to being the opening Vegas act for Milton Berle ends on a happy note as the talented Mark Payne manages not to self-destruct on the way to fame and riches. (Get Happy, Roxie, 6/20)

The following quartet of docs proves just how hard it is to be queer outside of societies committed to democratic values: Busted details the sorrows of being a transsexual in a strict Muslim society; Welcome to My Queer Bookstore offers some hope for the evolving Taiwanese democracy; the ugly face of Fascism highlights the struggle of LGBT activists in Queer Sarajevo Festival 2008; and Krudas opens a sassy window on Cuban female hip hop artists. (Global Queers, Castro, 6/24)

Uncle Denis? A nifty home movie from the greatnephew of Quentin Crisp, Adrian Goycoolea. In 18 minutes, we learn what the famous artiste and author did and did not share with his biological tribe.

575 Castro Street A movie set, the faithful reproduction of Harvey Milk's Castro Camera Shop constructed for the movie Milk, provides Jenni Olson with a striking visual backdrop for playing the martyred gay politician's last will and testament. (Calling All Nerds and Art Freaks, Roxie, 6/20)

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