Boys on Film crosses the Atlantic to bring you a bevy of intriguing and genre-busting shorts from the land of the free. Starring Michael Cassidy (Smallville, The OC), Aaron Michael Davies (Another Gay Sequel), Donald Cumming (The Virgins) and porn star Brent Corrigan, these award-winning shorts from East coast to West side reveal that there is more to these American boys than meets the eye.
Dare – Dir. Adam Salky (16mins)
Starring Adam West, Michael Cassidy
After play practice one night for the senior production of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, backstage boy Ben gives Johnny, the play’s Stanley, a ride home to help him with his lines. When a bottle of champagne gets opened, the boys end up in Johnny’s swimming pool, where everyday boundary lines quickly blur.
In The Closet – Dir. Jody Wheeler (14mins)
Starring Brent Corrigan, JT Tepnapa
An anonymous bedroom inside a typical apartment somewhere in Los Angeles. A pair of young men enter, one having scored a one-night stand, the other giving away little as to his true intentions. Little does one of them know that a homo-hungry closet-case lies in wait, and it hasn’t been fed in quite some time… Porn star Brent Corrigan whips out his acting chops and pulls it off in an entertaining B-movie knees-up with considerable bite.
Area X – Dir. Dennis Shinners (USA) 15mins
Starring Matt Schuneman, Antony Raymond
Paul’s dad unexpectedly picks him up from work. And then a hooker. After dropping them off at a seedy roadside motel, Paul’s father hands him two hundred dollars and that he mustn’t come out until he’s a man. These are just a few of the bizarre events that Paul recounts to Marco, a seductive hustler he meets in a dicey bar on a hidden street underneath New York City’s infamous Port Authority Bus Terminal, also known as ‘Area X’.
The Young and Evil – Dir. Julian Breece (15mins)
Starring Vaughn Lowery, Mark Berry
This visceral short film follows the zero-to-60 path of Karel, a young African-American who is determined to seduce an older man, an HIV prevention advocate, into giving him the virus. The oft-taboo issues of having gay sex but not using protection are amplified by taking place in the African-American community, a daring approach to a controversial topic that landed the film a Sundance nomination.
Dish 🙂 – Dir. Brian Krinsky (15mins)
Starring Matthew Monge, Jeff Martin, Octavio Altamirano
Emo kids Israel and Louie walk around their East Los Angeles neighborhood dishing and “sexting” about their high school classmates. After listening to Louie boast about his sexual escapades, Israel decides he has some catching up to do.
Bugcrush – Dir. Carter Smith (36mins)
Starring Josh Caras, Donald Cumming
Bugcrush is the story of Ben, a small-town high school loner, whose fascination with Grant, a dangerously seductive new kid, leads him into something much more sinister than he could ever have imagined.
Astoria, Queens – Dir. Kyle Coker (22mins)
Starring Aaron Michael Davies, James Heffron, Sangeeta Parekh, Hayley Thompson-King
Inspired by ‘The Wizard of Oz’, four Kansas City twentysomething misfits navigate their new lives in the Emerald City of New York. Newly single Thom, our Dorothy, discovers NYC in a second “coming out party”. Jimboy, the brainless Scarecrow, wants to become the first gay white rap superstar. Anisha, the workaholic Tinman, searches for a heart and Callie, a whiskey drinking Cowardly Lion, lacks the courage to make it as an actress.