Fun in Boys Shorts


TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 70m
GENRE: Aging/Elders | Camp | Comedy | Drag | Gay
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

Pride burnout? General malaise? We can fix that! (Well, for an hour or so….) Our 2017 sampler of upbeat short films features half a dozen bite-size mood elevators, each with a different flavor of sweet-tart goodness to lift your spirits and warm your heart.

We start in an unusual support group, where cheerful devotees addicted to a certain pop star meet, in Britney-holics Anonymous: A Spear-itual Awakening. Next, cutie-pie Nathan is being ignored at the local gay club, but when he is taken under the wing of a drag fairy godmother, he finds his self-image may be Picking Up. Haygood Eats is a bickering husband-and-wife catering team (or is it husband-and-beard?), and we get to see the hilarious outtakes of their cheesy TV ad. Meanwhile, all Guy wants is an anonymous sexy hookup in Andrew’s apartment, but the morning arrival of Andrew’s grandma turns things a bit awkward, in the charming Aussie romance Cake. Imagine Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” retold by Tom of Finland, and throw in an homage to early gay erotic films, and you get the artful Rusalka. Finally, Danny DeVito directs Curmudgeons, in which a potty-mouthed octogenarian in an assisted living facility gets a big-time surprise engineered by his daughter.

— PETER L. STEIN

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Britney-holics Anonymous: A Spear-itual Awakening

DIRECTOR Jerell Rosales | 2015 | USA | 10m
A delivery man stumbles upon an unusual support group where cheerful devotees addicted to a certain pop star meet in solidarity.

Picking Up

DIRECTOR Nicholas Christo | 2016 | Australia | 13m
Cutie-pie Nathan is being ignored at the local gay club, but when he is taken under the wing of a drag fairy godmother, he finds that his self-image—and a lot more—gets a much needed makeover.

Haygood Eats

DIRECTORS hazart | 2016 | USA | 5m
A bickering husband-and-wife catering team (or is it husband-and-beard?) is shooting a cheesy TV ad, and we get to see the hilarious outtakes.

Cake

DIRECTOR Jacintho Muinos | 2015 | Australia | 16m
All Guy wants is an anonymous sexy hookup in Andrew’s apartment (complete with form-fitting black rubber undershirt), but the morning arrival of Andrew’s grandma turns things a bit awkward in this charming Aussie romance.

Rusalka

DIRECTORS Wes “Potato” Hurley & Nathan Miller | 2016 | USA | 9m
Imagine Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” retold by Tom of Finland, and throw in an homage to early gay erotic films, and you get the artful Rusalka, set to the music of Antonín Dvoƙák’s opera of the same name and starring burlesque icons Luminous Pariah and Chris Harder.

Curmudgeons

DIRECTOR Danny DeVito | 2016 | USA | 17m
A potty-mouthed octogenarian in an assisted living facility gets a big-time surprise engineered by his daughter, in this funny and endearing sketch directed (and with a delightful cameo) by Danny DeVito.