Thursday, June 27, 1:45 pm @ Castro
- The Man That Got Away, dir. Trevor Anderson, 2012, Canada, 26 min.
- Mark Bunyan: Very Nearly Almost Famous, dir. Jackie Nunns and Angie West, 2012, UK, 16 min.
- Something Real, dir. Guy Shalem, 2013, USA, 9 min.
- Open Letter, dir. Theo Schear, 2012, USA, 6 min.
- Matt Alber with Strings Attached, dir. Greg Sirota, 2012, USA, 24 min.
|“We’ll wear matching outfits|
and shower with a friend.”
• IMDb page • Trevor Anderson on IMDb • Official website • trailer (Vimeo) • full movie [only avail. in Canada] • soundtrack (iTunes / stream on CBC) • The Wet Secrets (director’s rock’n’roll band) •
Mark Bunyan: Very Nearly Almost Famous is the story of comedic cabaret singer Mark Bunyan, co-founder of the Pink Singers, stalwart of Gay’s The Word bookshop in London, Saint Mark of the Musical Tendency (Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence), and all around man about town. MB:VNAF is a delightful portrait of a talented and intrepid trailblazer. Highly recommended.
• IMDb page • Mark Bunyan’s website •
Something Real is a short film set in a gay bar, narrated by the inner dialogues of the men standing around in “a giant sea of worked-out hopelessness,” with music from Jeff Marx (Avenue Q) and Mervyn Warren. For example, we hear one of the men thinking, “I heard wearing a cockring makes you horny, but it’s just pulling my pubic hair.” Frameline describes this short as “celebrity-packed,” which is overselling it a bit: most of the people in the bar do have other film, TV, or stage credits, but easily the biggest name is Bruce Vilanch. Still and all, it’s an enjoyable exploration of the eternal question of the barflies: Despite the noise, can we find something real? Highly recommended.
• IMDb page • Guy Shalem (director) website •
Open Letter explores the reaction on the Internet to hip-hop/R&B star Frank Ocean’s coming out letter. The African-American community in general, and the hip-hop community in particular, have deeply entrenched veins of homophobia, but also a small and growing chorus of voices of acceptance. Open Letter suffers from painfully low-budget production values, but has a good message worth spreading. Highly recommended.
• IMDb page • Frank Ocean’s website •
|Matt Alber (left) with cellos|
• IMDb page • Official website • Cello Street Quartet website