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Fest Selects: Best Gay Shorts, Vol. 1

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A cross section of some of the best gay shorts culled from top film festivals. 103.5 minutes total.

AFTER (13 mins, Color, 2009)
A film by Mark Pariselli
Three teenage boys idolize and long for the same older hunk. Inspired by Dennis Cooper's poem "After School, Street Football, Eighth Grade."
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Frameline, Iris Prize

BEDFELLOWS (15 mins, Color, 2010)
A film by Pierre Stefanos
Bobby meets Jonathan at the bar where he got his heart broken, will his one-night stand end up a nightmare or a fairy tale?
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Iris Prize
WINNER - Qfest, Best Short Film

CURIOUS THING (9 mins, Color, 2009)
A film by Alain Hain
Interviews with several New York gay men provide the backdrop as two men - one gay, the other straight - explore their relationships' past, present and future.
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Outfest, Frameline
WINNER - NewFest, Jury Award for Best Narrative Short
WINNER - Atlanta Film Festival, Pink Peach Jury Award
WINNER - Palm Beach International Film Festival, Best Short Film

GAYBY (12 mins, Color, 2010)
A film by Jonathan Lisecki
College friends Matt (gay) and Jenn (straight) decide to have a baby the old fashion way.
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Hamptons, Outfest

GAYSHARKTANK.COM (15 mins, Color, 2010)
A film by Guy Shalem
Twenty-five strangers seek love, lust, and the other things you might find on a random gay video chat.
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Outfest, Sydney

MY NAME IS LOVE (20.5 mins, Color, 2008, Swedish with English subtitles)
A film by David Färdmar
Love and Sebastian share a secret. After a chance meeting in the street, their innocent flirt soon turns into a dangerous liaison.
WINNER - Qfest Best Short Film
WINNER - Image+Nation Film Festival, Best Short Film/Audience Award

MOUSE'S BIRTHDAY (3.5 mins, Color & b/w, 2010)
A film by Barry Morse
A visual poem with abstract and symbolic imagery of fantasy, whimsy and terror about a mouse, a cockroach and a 'gay' man.
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Outfest, Frameline

STEAM (15.5 mins, Color, 2009)
A film by Eldar Rapaport
After a brief encounter, two strangers find themselves stuck in a steam room and only their pasts to discover.
WINNER - Iris Prize
WINNER - FilmOut, Best Short Film


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Product Details

  • Directors: David Färdmar, Alain Hain, Jonathan Lisecki, Barry Morse, Mark Pariselli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NEF9G4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I saw several of these shorts at a film festival and hoped I'd eventually find them on iTunes or one of these comps, but in watching the entire collection, I'm now more of a fan of the ones I hadn't yet seen!

AFTER - 7/10 - Not gonna lie, if the object of the three guys affection was a little hunkier, I'd have maybe made this an 8/10, but I can totally identify with crushing on str8 jocks in school and I enjoyed this one more for not being so melodramatic at the end.

BEDFELLOWS - 10/10 - This one was such a knockout in terms of its visuals and its acting. I think its the first time I've ever cried watching a short film and yet by the end, I was grinning ear to ear. The soundtrack also really swept me along as a rather hypnotic dream sequence unfolded in a gorgeous way. Excellent, excellent stuff.

CURIOUS THING - 6/10 - I remembered this one a bit different from when I saw it first. I liked it again but the emotional reaction I had to it wasn't there this time, maybe because I had just watched After which is rather similar. A good film but it went by pretty quick.

GAYBY - 9/10 - Had seen this one and it holds up on 2nd viewing. The one film with a legit female character, and she really serves it in a great comedic performance, while her hot male counterpart is pretty funny too. The scene on the roof was very meloncholy and it was a great touch after making us laugh so much during the bedroom scene.

GAYSHARKTANK.COM - 7/10 - Another film that I remembered differently that maybe didn't feel the same on 2nd view. Really funny at times, but for whatever reason I felt there were moments where it dragged (no pun intened). Highlights were wife looking for her husband on the site and the trans hooker who offered 'parties!
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Based alone on the outstanding multi-prize winner CURIOUS THING, this compilation is worth the price of a ticket! Having crossed a few boundaries in my time, CURIOUS THING made me reflect, smile, wince and finally, sigh. Check out the whole collection - it's a great ride!
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There are so many different compilations of short films on the DVD market, it's a gamble and a mixed bag dropping your money on any collection sight unseen. Usually, there are pieces you like and some you loathe, some that seem professional and some that seem cobbled together. I'm pleased that, in general, the "fest selects" assortment included on Volume One of Best Gay Shorts is a solid (and somewhat surprising, in a good way) group.

The highpoint, for me, is the Swedish entry MY NAME IS LOVE. Well acted and disturbing, this is a terrific piece. I also enjoyed CURIOUS THING about the blurring of lines between friendship and relationship and discovering one's self. And I enjoyed the ethereal quirkiness of AFTER. Several of the other choices tackle familiar themes in comedic ways--one about a dating Internet site even has some famous faces!

After loving the first 6 selections, a bizarre music video did little to peak my interest but was brief. And lastly, the film ends with a erotic film STEAM that morphs into an existential drama (picture Sartre's NO EXIT as a steamroom hook-up). I'm sure that many will appreciate the effort, but it seemed a bit heavy handed for my taste.

All in all, though, this is one of the better compilations I've seen. About 4 1/2 stars, this is a solid and entertaining collection with enough variety to keep you on your toes. KGHarris, 5/11.
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The eight (8) short films on this disc that runs about an hour and 44 minutes with each film varying in length from about three (3) minutes to about twenty (20) minutes in length, offered some very enjoyable short gay-themed films. Although I enjoyed all of the films, a few were very enjoyable and memorable to me.

Of all eight (8) short movies, my favorite was the fifteen minute short "Gaysharktank.com". That film hysterically showed us a fictional Gay website offering the lonely and alone persons a place to connect with like people. What a funny bunch of people. We are introduced to a lonely wife that finds her missing husband on the site; women looking for sperm and drag-queens looking for mates plus a host of other funny characters. Another short that I adored was the twelve (12) minute "Gayby" about two (2) college friends (a gay man and a straight woman) that try to "naturally" produce a baby--the scene of them in bed together is very funny! There are also serious themed films that were very entertaining to me too (i.e., "After" "Bedfellows--I cried at that one, and "My name is Love") All in all I really enjoyed this compilation.
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My dvd collection exceeds 1300 titles now. My favorite genre is gay shorts collections that I have many of. This particular collection has one short clip that I did not understand, the rest were strong I likes and several I loves. The short clip, Bedfellows, for me was so powerful drawing much emotion from me, that alone is worth the dvd. The rest was added icing to the cake. For me the dvd is a welcome addition to my collection.
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