Queer Shorts 2: Mixed Perspectives
Engaged (David Scala, U.S., 2018, 17 min.): Darren keeps trying — and failing — to propose to his boyfriend, and when their relationship is put into an uncomfortable spotlight during a friend’s outrageous engagement party, he recognizes unresolved insecurities about his sexuality.
Heather Has Four Moms (Jeanette Buck, U.S., 2018, 14 min.): In this mother-daughter story — times four — when Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, her mother’s wife must convince not just mom but also mom’s ex and her current partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk.”
Land’s End (Ben Strebel, U.K., 2018, 20 min.): Set on England’s bleak southeast coast, the film follows the magnetic relationship between a naïve but hopeful young man and a charismatic ex-con and drag artist.
The Orphan (O Órfão) (Carolina Markowicz, Brazil, 2018, 15 min., Portuguese): In this story inspired by true events, Jonathas is adopted but then returned to the orphanage more than once because of his “different” ways.
Parking (Ahmad Seyfipour, Iran, 2018, 9 min., Farsi): When two men having sex in the backseat of a car are robbed, they can’t call the police: The thief will receive only a few months in jail, but the men could be sentenced to death for being gay.
ruok (Jay Russell, U.S., 2018, 13 min.): Best friends Alex and Bryan have a bitter fight — entirely via text message — when one of them sleeps with the other one’s crush.
Robert Pohrer & Donnie Engle