Where The Men Are (Men's Shorts Program)

Sunday October 22nd 2023, 4:45 pm

Streaming: October 30th - November 5th

Gateway Theater Fort Lauderdale
1820 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Film Details

Runtime: 117 minutes

Genre: All, Gay

Aikane / (Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson and Daniel Sosua, 14 minutes, USA)
A valiant island warrior, wounded in battle against foreign invaders, falls into a mysterious underwater world. When the octopus who rescued him transforms into a handsome young man, they become aikāne, intimate friends bound by love and trust, and an epic adventure begins.

Blood Drive / (Gurinder Jeet Singh, 13 minutes, USA)
Hours after their wedding, newlyweds Jared and Ian are involved in a horrific car accident that leaves Jared critically injured and in urgent need of a blood transfusion. Despite being a match with Jared’s rare blood type, Ian is prohibited from donating due to a discriminatory law that restricts blood donations from gay men. With Jared's life hanging in the balance, Ian must confront the discriminatory law and fight for his husband's right to survive, while also grappling with the impending arrival of their daughter.

Skate / (Zoe Hodge, 13 minutes, USA)
Returning home to take care of his ailing father, a twenty something finds solace in the intimacy and sanctity of the roller skating world.

Evening Ritual / (Nanna Hauge Kristensen and Ruth Storm, 9 minutes, Denmark, In Dutch with English subtitles)
The film depicts the love and relationship between two elderly men and the distance they must cope with after one has moved to a nursing home

Honey To The Moon / (Rob Woodcox, 8 minutes, USA)
A surreal journey through a relationship between Moon and Sun, two wandering souls surprised by desire during a moment of reflection. Traveling through the most seductive and tender experiences, the passage of time, and ultimately through the shadows of societal prescribed affection, Moon falls deep into orbit with Sun. From their first kiss to physical encounters, they grow closer together over time. Will these two flames burn hot forever, or will they drift slowly apart, returning peace and order to the inner workings of both individuals?

Ticker / (Thom Petty, 9 minutes, UK)
Joseph and Howard. Two men who have spent a very private life together behind closed doors in a British, moorland farming community. Life partners. And life means life: secret lovers as twenty-somethings, covert house sharers in their thirties, tentative adopters of a civil partnership in their forties, and then a dawn of confidence in their fifties as they marry. But now, a few years further on, Joseph finds his health in jeopardy and their future together is uncertain.

Your Scissors Near My Ears (Tu Tijera En Mi Oreja) /
(Carlos Ruano, 13 minutes, Spain, In Spanish with English subtitles)
Desperate for a last minute haircut the night before his wedding, a fancy client enters a cheap barbershop. But he´ll get more than he bargained for when the barber recognizes him as a very important person from his past.

Shafted / (Emerson Collins and Del Shores, 20 minutes, USA)
Joel and Rafi are in what seems to be a standard romantic comedy. What do you do when you find yourself alone in an elevator with your gym crush? For Joel, with his floor fast approaching, he throws caution to the wind and asks the guy out. Rafi pauses a second too long, Joel is desperate to escape, and the elevator comes to a sudden halt – they are stuck! They awkwardly begin getting to know each other, thanks to Joel’s “contingency plan for this sort of thing,” wine. The connection between the two of them grows and as it reaches its hopeful climax, the fourth wall doesn’t break – it shatters completely. Mat, the filmmaker, playing “Joel,” steps out of the elevator fantasy set and into the harsh reality of his own wish fulfillment. Is he foolish for making this film to tell a story he’s not sure he believes in?

Fairlane / (Luca Leggieri, 16 minutes, USA)
Brandon just started his new job at Mike's Auto Shop to help out with his financially struggling mom at home. At the shop, he meets Evan, and they instantly form a connection. The two build an undeniable respect and admiration for one another that leaves Brandon daydreaming about his friend. One intimate night out together, Evan finally makes a move. The two promptly begin a secret romance neither can’t get enough of. Their love story, however, comes with an unfortunate timer: Evan has to soon leave their small town for a big job in New York City.


Alex Mitow

Alex Mitow - Honey To The Moon

In attendance for an intro and Q&A after the film!

Val Betts

Val Betts - Fairlane | Director

In attendance for an intro and Q&A after the film!

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