Proceed with Caution
For many gay men, feelings of guilt and shame follow bouts of confidence like clockwork. These shorts are as much about treading carefully with negative self-doubt as they are about assessing risky scenarios. In each of these sweet, sexy, and sometimes unsettling films, empowerment arises only out of tough internal battles faced by men, young and old, from various walks of life. Showcasing new work from exciting voices in queer American film, this assured collection of dramatic narratives mines the battlefield of romance, sex, and self-destructive impulses and unearths powerful examples of perseverance.
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM
DIRECTOR Jessie Levandov | 2019 | USA | 8m
Set to a dreamy song and shot with fresh vérité vision, Baby follows a young man through the Bronx on a Saturday and quietly builds into a beautiful ode to first love.
DIRECTOR Wesley Taylor | 2019 | USA | 11m
Down-and-out Xavier seizes an opportunity with an older man on a lonely night in New York City in this exceptional short directed by actor Wesley Taylor (Smash).
DIRECTOR Blayze Teicher | 2019 | USA | 13m
The painful, sexy, fumbling encounters of gay college life are brought joyfully to life in Michael Witkis’ sweet and insightful new web series, Interested In.
DIRECTOR Matthew Risch | 2019 | USA | 17m
After a chance meeting with an attractive stranger, a spellbound admirer returns to the same bar and tries to recreate his first encounter. With each nightly visit, a far more sinister and surreal pattern emerges beneath this man’s naïve attempts. Stranger Out of You marks the impressive directorial debut of celebrated queer actor Matthew Risch (Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, Looking) who also stars.
DIRECTOR Michael Elias Thomas | 2019 | USA | 20m
When a young dancer moves to San Francisco in the early 1980s, signs of a sickness test his relationships, as well as his lifelong dream in this strikingly photographed and stirring portrait.
DIRECTOR Matthew Puccini | 2019 | USA | 11m
A young gay man (Michael Hsu Rosen, Looking: The Movie, Frameline40) grows increasingly entangled in the marriage of an older gay couple (Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie and Mozart in the Jungle’s Ken Barnett) in the newest short film from gifted filmmaker Matthew Puccini (The Mess He Made, Frameline41). Lavender made waves at both the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals this year.