Deftly mixing narrative storytelling, archival footage and hybrid documentary, the films in our Boys program are perceptive, dynamic snapshots of overcoming some of life’s biggest hurdles: coming of age, coming out, heartbreak, and loss. These six films offer a sweeping, diverse representation of queer men and the challenges they face from the 1970s to present.
Total Running Time: 85 mins
Q&A with filmmakers and select cast to follow
Radical Fairy Prince
Dir: Bobby R. Poirier, US, 2016, 9 mins
When filmmaker Bobby R. Poirier found a roll of 8mm film – shot in the ’70s by queer radicals – in a Venice Beach closet, he reconstructed it into a freewheeling, anarchic romance that preserves the spirited freedom of the footage.
Dir: Anthony Doncque, France, 2016, 26 mins
Anthony Doncque travels back to his teenage years, documenting his fraught relationship with his father with a mix of archival Hi-8 footage from his youth and tender, empathetic narrative filmmaking. In French with English subtitles.
Dir: Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/US, 2016, 9 mins
In a letter to his mother, Kwame Edwin Otu attempts to reconcile the differences in his identity as a Ghanian, an American, and a queer man while Akosua Adoma Owusu observes on stark, gorgeous Super 8 film.
According to My Mother
Dir: Cathy Yan, US, 2015 18 minsDaniel and his mother only have each other, but Daniel’s mom is a stern, Korean, devout Christian while Daniel is a gay New Yorker struggling to make it as an actor. Cathy Yan’s film is a biting and funny portrait of a perfectly tense familial relationship.
Dir: Eli Rarey, US, 2015, 13 mins
A surreal infestation and a surprisingly empathetic exterminator set the stage for Eli Rarey’s tender, supremely goofy take on heartbreak and recovery.
You Deserve Everything
Dir: Goran Stolevski, Australia, 2015, 19 mins
A doctor’s flippant relationship with the hospital’s Arabic translator turns out to be much more complicated, and have much larger consequences, than either of them planned for.
This screening of Boys Shorts is sponsored by APA Agency.