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Directed and written by its two main actors, and based on real events, this debut film is a tender and loving reminder of the healing power of love and the enduring strength of human connection.


After a spate of failed heterosexual endeavors, Ben, a bisexual man turns back towards the gay community. As Ben emerges from the closet, a relationship between him and Sam, two young men living in New York City, energetically blossoms. As their partnership develops, Sam, struggling with his own challenges as a man of color, helps Ben confront a dark secret from his past. 


Cicada remains completely romantic, but substantively takes on darker themes that further the discourses around coming out, supportive same sex relationships, self-acceptance, and the lasting echos of trauma. Beautifully acted and full of unfettered emotion and raw sexuality, this film is a beacon of solace.


– Derrek Wall, Damn These Heels programming committee member


Cicada first premiered at Outfest LA in 2020 as well as at the LGBTQI+ Film Festival in London. 


  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    US
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Director
    Matt Fifer
  • Cast
    Matthew Fifer, Cobie Smulders, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Tanner Cohen