Flirting with Disaster


TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 88m
GENRE: Comedy | Drama | Gay | Mental Health | Relationships | Romance | Sexuality
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

The potent combination of excitement and regret that comes with impulsive decisions in sex and love defines these seven provocative short male dramas.

In the remarkably crafted The Mess He Made, a man reassesses everything as he awaits the results of a rapid HIV test. The infuriatingly mixed messages from a cute but potentially sociopathic millennial force an older man to choose between hopping into bed with him and bailing in the darkly comical Call Your Father. With feverish, mile-a-minute dialogue, The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo rips apart and then hysterically attempts to reassemble questions of gender, race, love, and monogamy. The Feels, Almost in one unbroken monologue, reveals an adorable bisexual New Yorker describing his spontaneous attempt to ask his straight friend out. Love seems to run dry in Exchange, until a forgotten article of clothing inspires a heartbroken man to confront the one that got away. In the sexy and gorgeously photographed Marz, a closeted up-and-coming rapper chooses between the man of his dreams and his own career. And in Sign, a chance encounter between two New Yorkers, one of whom happens to be deaf, transforms their lives in the most unexpected, challenging, and romantic way imaginable.

— HARRY VAUGHN

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

The Mess He Made

DIRECTOR Matthew Puccini | 2017 | USA | 11m
In this remarkably crafted and emotionally stirring short film, a man reassesses everything as he awaits a rapid HIV test in a small American town.

Call Your Father

DIRECTOR Jordan Firstman | 2016 | USA | 20m
The infuriatingly mixed messages from a cute but potentially sociopathic millennial force an older man to choose between hopping into bed with him and bailing, in this darkly comical satire on entitled twenty-somethings.

The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo, Episode 4

DIRECTOR Brian Jordan Alvarez | 2016 | USA | 17m
Episode four of this critically acclaimed series rips apart and then hysterically attempts to reassemble questions of gender, race, love, and monogamy within the bafflingly self-centered world of Hollywood.

The Feels, Almost

DIRECTORS Naje Lataillade & Tim Manley | 2016 | USA | 4m
In one unbroken monologue, an adorable bisexual New Yorker describes his spontaneous attempt to ask his straight male friend out.

Exchange

DIRECTOR Dorian Carli-Jones | 2017 | USA | 9m
Love seems to run dry in Exchange, until a single article of clothing inspires a heartbroken gay New Yorker to confront the one that got away.

Marz

DIRECTOR Bobby Yan | 2016 | USA | 12m
In the gorgeously photographed Marz, a young, closeted up-and-coming rapper must choose between the man of his dreams and his own career.

Sign

DIRECTOR Andrew Keenan-Bolger | 2016 | USA | 15m
In this celebrated, award-winning short film, a chance encounter between two New Yorkers, one of whom happens to be deaf, transforms their lives in the most unexpected, challenging, and romantic way imaginable.