OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Where The Men Are (Men's Shorts)

Expired November 6, 2023 4:59 AM
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9 films in package
A valiant island warrior, wounded in battle against foreign invaders, falls into a mysterious underwater world. When the octopus who rescued him transforms into a handsome young man, they become aikāne, intimate friends bound by love and trust, and an epic adventure begins.
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Blood Drive
A young gay man finds sanctuary at the local roller disco.
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Evening Ritual
The film depicts the love and relationship between two elderly men and the distance they must cope with after one has moved to a nursing home
Honey to the Moon
A wandering soul caught in a moment of reflection is met with a sweet surprise; an object of desire. Thrust from his lonely corner, Moon falls into a journey of love with Sun. Through surrealistic visuals and flowing dance, twin flames bend and grow together in nature. Will the passage of time and the power of nature keep them apart? Or are they predestined to orbit each other forever?
Howard drives his partner Joseph to hospital to undergo a high-risk operation and the intimacy of the car, alongside a long forgotten mix tape, sees the masculinity of their forty year relationship start to yield.
Your Scissors Near My Ears
Desperate for a last minute haircut the night before his wedding, a fancy client enters a cheap barbershop. But he´ll get more than he bargained for when the barber recognizes him as a very important person from his past.
Joel and Rafi are in what seems to be a standard romantic comedy. What do you do when you find yourself alone in an elevator with your gym crush? For Joel, with his floor fast approaching, he throws caution to the wind and asks the guy out. Rafi pauses a second too long, Joel is desperate to escape, and the elevator comes to a sudden halt – they are stuck! They awkwardly begin getting to know each other, thanks to Joel’s “contingency plan for this sort of thing,” wine. The connection between the two of them grows and as it reaches its hopeful climax, the fourth wall doesn’t break – it shatters completely. Mat, the filmmaker, playing “Joel,” steps out of the elevator fantasy set and into the harsh reality of his own wish fulfillment. Is he foolish for making this film to tell a story he’s not sure he believes in?
New to town, Brandon just started his first day on the job when his boss informs him that experienced mechanic, Evan will be training him. the two quickly realize they have a connection like no other.
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Joseph and Howard. Two men who have spent a very private life together behind closed doors in a British, moorland farming community. Life partners. And life means life: secret lovers as twenty-somethings, covert house sharers in their thirties, tentative adopters of a civil partnership in their forties, and then a dawn of confidence in their fifties as they marry. But now, a few years further on, Joseph finds his health in jeopardy and their future together is uncertain.

We join them as Howard drives Joseph to hospital for major surgery. The car is an intimate space where the outside world can just about see them but they can remain unheard. As they pull away from the farmhouse, tensions are high and they argue. It’s fuelled by anxiety and fear but expresses itself as unkindness and dysfunctional masculinity.

Joseph discovers an old mix tape in the glove compartment and thrusts it into the car stereo to break the tension. The song that plays jolts them out of their bickering and becomes a shared moment of honesty.

As they pull into the hospital, tensions are de-escalated and there’s a rare public display of affection. The short journey in the car, and the mix tape, has reaffirmed their relationship.

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  • Runtime
    9 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Thom Petty
  • Cast
    Paul Copley, Ian Gelder, Eliza Marsland