CICADA (Award Encore)
Two young men try to make a complicated relationship work in this sexy NYC tragicomedy
NewFest 2020 U.S. Narrative Jury Special Mention
Emerging New York talent Matthew Fifer co-directs, co-writes, produces, and stars in this tragicomic debut feature, based on his own life experiences and those of his co-star/co-writer Sheldon D. Brown.
Part of NewFest Award Encores
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When the philandering Ben (Fifer) meets Sam (Brown) outside of The Strand bookstore, it seems the two may have finally found the elusive gay New York romance. As they grow closer, however, Ben’s childhood traumas and Sam's PTSD begin to bubble to the surface, testing the waters of their strengthening bond. An examination of love within interracial relationships, CICADA surprises with its strong sense of heart and humor — as well as with cinematography of NYC that reminds us why so many continue to call it home. The film also features comedy from local familiar faces including Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Colbie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Jo Firestone (High Maintenance), and SNL’s Bowen Yang.
Cast: Matthew Fifer, Sheldon Brown, Cobie Smulders, Scott Adsit, Sandra Bauleo, Jazmin Grimaldi, Michael Potts, David Burtka, Jason ''Freckle'' Greene, Bowen Yang, Jo Firestone
Writer: Matthew Fifer
Runtime: 94 minutes
This film was followed by a Q&A
Matthew Fifer, Kieran Mulcare