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First OUT is an annual DVD project that promotes up and coming gay and lesbian artists and other talented artists who produce works that our community can relate to. Alluvial has a history of giving filmmakers a launching pad for success by distributing their films about the lives of gays and lesbians. This short film collection will continue that tradition. In this new collection of shorts, enjoy five short films two comedies, a drama, a documentary and a comic horror film. -- Films include:
Different, an award-winning playful teen comedy about a high school where gay is the norm and homecoming is just a few days away. Different won the Grand Prize for Best Student Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. It has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and has opened for award-winning queer features including Boys Don t Cry, Eating Out and Girl Play. Different s leading actor Ben Hogestyn starred as the first openly gay character on ABC s General Hospital and currently stars on CBS s The Bold and The Beautiful.
A Good Son has also enjoyed its fair share of success. This drama tells the story of a chance encounter between two teenage boys that leads to a turning point in one of their lives. The film won the Jury Prize for Best Short at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. It also was a finalist in the Best Breakout Film/Video category at Outfest in addition to screening at over 25 film festivals worldwide.
Meet Joe Gay is a charming documentary by a 27-year-old gay man that expresses his attempts to understand why he s single and what it takes to have a successful relationship. This film has screened at several film festivals.
Is One of You Eddie? , stereotypes are challenged as four attractive gay men unfairly judge their neighbor, Eddie, because he doesn t fit the West Hollywood mold. Is One of You Eddie? appeared on the big screen at Los Angeles famed ArcLight Cinema as part of LA Shorts Fest in September 2006. The short stars Robbie Laughlin from Q Television s On Q Live, Bravo s Queer Eye for the Straight Girl and Another Gay Movie.
The Neighborly Thing is a chilling tale about a man who has an overzealous obsession with his upstairs neighbor. Both leading actors in this short were nominated for Best Lead Acting categories at SHOCKERFEST International Film Festival.
A Good Son: Jury Prize, Best Short: Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
Finalist, Breakout Film/Video Outfest Lost Angeles -- Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Different: Grand Prize - Student Film: Rhode Island International Film Festival -- Rhode Island International Film Festival
The Neighborly Thing: Best Lead Acting Nominations - Shockerfest International Film Festival. -- Shockerfest International Film Festival
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Is One of You Eddie and The Neighborly are stupid in my opinion. Eddie is a masseur who is ordinary and rejected by his gay neighbors. After a visit from a beautiful hunk for an appointment and his description of his massage, Eddie becomes popular and his neighbors fight over his next canceled appointment. The Neighborly is about a gay neighbor who noticed his friend is missing and a weird couple has taken over his apartment. By being a busy body he gets killed after a visit to this couple.
Different is an interesting and smart story dealing with a town where homosexuality is the norm of things and heterosexuality considered a sin. This is unique as I have never seen this theme before.
Meet Joe Gay is a kind of self-portrait documentary of a man making a movie about a homosexual Prince Charming. He then explores his failures on finding Mr. Right. It is a good story to me as I can identify with the story. I feel very jealous of the young couple as I wish my life would have been like that.
A Good Son is your average gay story about a teenager finding that he is gay. The Son meets another teenage kid at a college campus while attending his brother swimming competition. They both start talking about their' likes. Then the stranger kisses the Son. They both part afterwards.
This movie is okay, not one of my favorite one. I would not buy it if I had the opportunity again.
The strong piece here is MEET JOE GAY, a quasi documentary about a 27 year old filmmaker reminiscing about his past history of lack of lasting relationships and questioning established couples (including his own parents and a gay couple who have been together for 41 years as well as a teenage couple who are intelligently advanced in thoughts about needs and bonding). The 'cast' are all articulate and offer some candid insights into relationships in general and gay relationships in particular.
There are two spoofs - DIFFERENT is which social role reversal at the high school level is the dynamic, and IS ONE OF YOU EDDIE? which addresses stereotypical prejudices based on looks - and they are variably successful. One quiet and brief little drama is A GOOD SON that addresses the fear of coming out in a college setting doesn't last long enough to allow its point to be as solid as it might have been. And the fifth is a bloody and rather silly piece - THE NEIGHBORLY THING - that was probably included for variety as it is pretty weak in writing and production values.
Reviewing student works is a difficult assignment simply because the films are 'works in progress' and the efforts required to get them into the public eye are tremendously expensive and difficult. To the people responsible for helping these young talents find an audience for exposure and growth we owe a debt of gratitude, and Alluvial Productions has provided a fine platform for some promising newcomers. Grady Harp, January 07
Taking the five films one at a time:
"Is One Of You Eddie?" is a bit of a satire on stereotyping gay people do among themselves, where a group of West Hollywood party boys assume a somewhat nerdy-appearing neighbor is a loser. 3 stars out of 5.
I first suspected "Different" (2004) might have stolen its basic premise from the full-length film "Almost Normal", but actually the short predates that by a year. In each case, it looks at a high school in a "parallel dimension" of sorts, where homosexuality is the norm, and heterosexuals are the subject of scorn by preachers, teachers and peers. When Justin doesn't want to go to the Homecoming Dance with the football captain, people start to talk. Cute, but the longer film did it better. 3 stars out of 5.
In "A Good Son" (1998), a teen meets another boy at a college swim meet, and, in addition to finding they have a lot in common, finds out something about himself he isn't comfortable facing. Kind of boring, and has some problems with sound. 2 stars out of 5.
When a gay home worker notices that the focus of his obsession, his upstairs neighbor, is suddenly gone, replaced by a young couple living in his place, he does "The Neighborly Thing" and goes up there to investigate. The confrontation is not a good idea. (And neither was this pointless film.) 1 star out of 5.
"Meet Joe Gay" is a documentary of a 27 year old gay filmmaker in West Hollywood who was planning to make a "gay fairytale" (complete with Prince Charming), but realized that his obsession with fairytales may be one of the reasons why he has been unsuccessful in maintaining any kind of lasting relationship. So, he turns the cameras around and tries to learn about the dynamics of gay relationships, by talking to his friends, his ex-boyfriend, his parents, an older couple (together 41 years), two teens (together 4 months), and his guests at a slumber party who talk about the problems gay face in dating. Very original and nicely done. 5 stars out of 5.
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