Fun in Boys Shorts - Shorts Program


73m
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

Are you ready for a little mood adjustment? We have the right prescription: eight uplifting small doses of joy are just what the doctor ordered, in this year’s collection of heartwarming and giggle-inducing short films that go down easy. We start with a film industry satire: a picky Hollywood bedmate delivers detailed post-coital feedback in Matt & Dan: Sex Notes. When cutie pie Carson gets rejected for being too Femme, he embarks on a hilarious journey of self-examination, featuring Drag Race’s Aja as a fairy godmother. Don’t Fuck with England is a punishing lesson in British diction, while Bad Friend is a catchy music video about two queer and fabulous friends who have a falling out, only to re-meet 25 years later (don’t miss the cameo from Mx Justin Vivian Bond!). In The Fix, a mild-mannered fast-food worker seeks out a controversial cure for his oral obsession, and in his stand-up Routine, comedian Dwayne shares a dating experience that reveals quite a bit about his new community. Manivald is a shy 33-year-old fox still living at home with his overbearing fox mom, who both get very interested in a hunky wolf plumber. Finally, Josh has something important to tell his lifelong friend Andy on a hike to the High Rocks.

— PETER L. STEIN

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Matt & Dan: Sex Notes

DIRECTOR Will Gordh | 2018 | USA | 5m
A picky bedmate delivers detailed post-coital notes for improvement in this Hollywood send-up, an episode of Matt Wilkas and Daniel Vincent Gordh’s episodic web series.

Femme

DIRECTOR Alden Peters | 2017 | USA | 18m
When twentysomething cutie-pie Carson (Corey Camperchioli) is rejected in the middle of an online hookup for being too “femme,” he embarks on a hilarious journey of self-examination, assisted by a badass co-worker and a wicked-wise drag queen (Drag Race’s Aja).

Don’t Fuck with England

DIRECTOR Rocket Ear | 2018 | USA | 3m
A punishing lesson in British diction, delivered graphically (literally: in animated text graphics).

Bad Friend

DIRECTOR Stephen Winter | 2018 | USA | 5m
Luna and Blaze, two queer and fabulous friends, have a falling out in 1996 and take 25 years to make up, in this upbeat, narratively propelled music video featuring cameos by Mx Justin Vivian Bond and director Stephen Winter (Chocolate Babies, Frameline21; Jason and Shirley, Frameline39).

The Fix

DIRECTOR Edward Jack | 2017 | USA | 11m
A mild-mannered fast-food worker seeks out a controversial cure for his overwhelming oral obsession, in this goofy farce—which is also a not-so-subtle sendup of so-called “gay reparative therapy.”

Routine

DIRECTOR Wes Akwuobi | 2017 | USA | 6m
Dwayne, a recently out standup comedian, shares a dating experience with his audience—and discovers quite a bit about his new community.

Manivald

DIRECTOR Chintis Lundgren | 2017 | Canada, Croatia, Estonia | 13m
Manivald is a shy 33-year-old fox still living at home with his overbearing fox mom. When a hunky wolf plumber makes a house call, it opens up worlds of possibilities, in this charmingly animated tale of a late bloomer.

High Rocks

DIRECTOR Tyler Wallach | 2017 | USA | 12m
Josh is going on a long hike with his lifelong friend Andy and has something important to share with him, when they are joined by an unexpected companion.

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