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Sexy, smart, and nakedly emotional, CICADA is the bold feature film debut of actor, co-writer, and co-director Matt Fifer. He stars as Ben, a promiscuous bi-sexual housepainter haunted by a childhood trauma. His life changes dramatically when a hookup with Ben, an IT professional, blossoms into a relationship. But Ben still deals with his own physical and psychic scars. And as an interracial couple, they also have to navigate the minefield of casual racism from Ben's white friends.

Anchored by excellent lead performances from Fifer and handsome newcomer Sheldon D. Brown, the film tackles intimacy, family, healing, and forgiveness, all against the backdrop of the 2012 child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky. The striking cinematography delivers some memorably romantic images, accompanied by songs from acclaimed indie artists Tune-Yards, Grizzly Bear, and others.

Reminiscent of such modern gay classics as WEEKEND and KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, CICADA delivers an artfully constructed story with vivid characters that's unflinching about the realities of contemporary queer life. It's a thought-provoking, relevant film that never loses touch with the wonder and sexual fire of a passionate new relationship. Called "lush, erotic, and touching" by Indiewire, this is sure to be one of the breakout LGBTQ films of the year. - Frank Danay

  • Year
  • Runtime
    96 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    New Mexico
  • Director
    Matt Fifer & Kieran Mulcare