The program SHORTS: FELLAS THAT WERE IN THE MOOD kicks-up with some of the hilarious and provocative shorts at Outfest 2022
By Oliver Carnay
One of my favorite programs that is provocative and some of the funniest short films at Outfest this year, is the SHORTS: FELLAS THAT WERE IN THE MOOD. Hot-blooded passion mingles with down-and-dirty desire in these sensual short films that explore the erotic possibilities of gay male experience. Across an international spread of sumptuous visions from talented filmmakers stretching the limits of their medium, this host of eclectic characters navigate the politics of throupledom, dating app dilemmas, and how to choose the perfect bedroom partner for the first time. Not to mention, through immersive first person cinematography, the chance to invite the viewer (you!) in as a third.
Three films were able to make it to the Q&A panel: SORRY, I CAN’T TALK RIGHT NOW: actor/Ecex. Prod. Tom Truax, Dir. and Editor Bria Jurema, actor Buck Adams. THREE’S COMPANY: actor Jonah Wheeler and Dir. Steve Balderson OPEN TO IT: Frank Arthur Smith (actor, screenwriter, Exec. Prod.), Tim Wardell (cast), Dir. Greg Wolf
BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS. Alone in a hotel room fresh off a break-up, Romain seeks solace on a dating app and is confronted by a devil-may-care operator and an obstinate Don Juan.
FIRSTS. On the eve of Chinese New Year, Steven — a closeted Chinese international student living in New Zealand — plans to lose his virginity to a stranger that he meets online.
OPEN TO IT. A loving gay couple experiments with becoming a hot gay throuple. But threesome sex and open relationships come with more complications than limbs.
SORRY, I CAN’T TALK RIGHT NOW. A standard hookup lands too close to home.
THREE’S COMPANY. In this experimental and multi-sensory film, Romeo Jace and Jonah Wheeler take voyeurism to the next level – inviting the audience to become an active participant.