Men’s Shorts Showcase

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Men’s Shorts Showcase


Sunday Aug 18 12:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival 2019

Presented by: Nathan Leo

What makes a man a man? Unapologetically living your truth—loud and proud. From queer newbies struggling to find themselves; a secretly gay man due to marry his fiancée who enlists a talking salmon to help; a deaf, adult porn star who ultimately finds personal liberation; to a senior gay man distrustfully recording his voice bank before he loses the ability to speak. This year’s must see signature men’s shorts showcase the global complexity of the gay male experience yet beautifully capture the laughter, sadness and hope which unites us all together.

Four Quartets

Directed by Marco Alessi. 2018. UK. 11 min.
Over the course of a night out in a queer bar, Raf struggles to find his place in the crowd until he stops trying to force the narrative and just lets himself go with the music.
Generation 14plus, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival

Sammy the Salmon

Directed by Jake Shannon. 2018. Australia. 7 min.
Spencer, while weeping uncontrollably on a beach, starts a conversation with a talking salmon. Spencer explains that he is secretly gay but is due to marry his fiancée. The salmon offers to help Spencer break up with his girlfriend and get his love life back on track, but all doesn’t go according to plan.

The Orphan (O Orfao)
Directed by Carolina Markowicz. 2018. Brazil. 15 min. Portuguese with English subtitles.
Jonathas has been adopted and returned due to his ‘different’ way. Inspired by true events.
Queer Palm Best Short, 2018 Cannes Film Festival; Short Cuts, 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

Something About Alex (Anders)
Directed by Reinout Hellenthal. Netherlands. 2017. 19 min. Dutch with English subtitles.
Alex, 14, is best friends with Hendrick—the boyfriend of his sister Annelies— and sees him as a man he can trust. When Hendrick and Annelies announce plans to leave the family home, Alex faces what is troubling him.
2018 Iris Prize Shortlist

Directed by Meaghan Palmer. Australia. 2017. 15 min.
August 7, 1994, Melbourne: Ben, 17, and his friend Lolly sneak out to the legendary gay nightclub Tasty. Unfortunately, this happens to be the night of a notorious real-life drug raid, where 463 patrons were detained and personally violated for 7 hours. HRFF30’s screening marks the 25th anniversary of the
Tasty nightclub raid.
2018 Iris Prize Shortlist

Directed by JP Horstmann. Germany. 2018. 16 min. Sign Language & German with English subtitles.
Rick is gay and deaf. And he works as an adult porn actor. The documentary follows a young man who is able to overcome his obstacles and boundaries, ultimately finding personal liberation in the lights of the studio. AUDIENCE ADVISORY: EXPLICIT CONTENT 
2018 Iris Prize Shortlist

The Things You Think I’m Thinking
Directed by Sherren Lee. Canada. 2017. 15 min.
A black male burn survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly abled man. After the bar, they go back to his apartment, where he faces his demons as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident 10 years before.
2018 Iris Prize Shortlist

How I Got to the Moon by Subway
Directed by Tyler Rabinowitz. USA. 2018. 13 min.
After being diagnosed with ALS, a curmudgeonly older man goes to the hospital with his partner to record his voice bank before he loses the ability to speak.
2018 Iris Prize Shortlist


Last: APQFFA Shorts Showcase 2019
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