Maryland Film Festival GLBTQ Shorts

Maryland Film Festival GLBTQ Shorts

 

Program Notes

A genre-spanning selection of GLBTQ short films curated from the last several editions of Maryland Film Festival, from poignant coming-of-age dramas to jaw-drop- ping dark comedies! Includes two Baltimore-made shorts!
 
PROGRAM
 
1985, directed by Yen Tan, 9m, 2016
A dying man prepares to move in with his estranged mother. He makes an appointment with a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms.
 
Call Your Father, directed by Jordan Firstman, 19m, 2016
Usually a reserved guy, Greg struggles to keep up with young, unpredictable Josh on their first date. But as the night continues, things spiral out of control and the two men must confront the generational divide in this cutting and insightful comedy about what it means to be gay in contemporary America.
 
Eden, directed by AndreĆ” Venitucci, 10m, 2016
Eden doesn’t want to go out, but after an invitation from his crush he steals the tampons he needs and goes to the party.
 
Charlotte, directed by Angel Kristi Williams & AndreĆ” Venitucci, 11m, 2016
Alex, excited to have befriended the popular girl at school, will do anything to stay in her good graces. When her new friend wants to play house, Alex innocently plays along and develops feelings she doesn’t understand.
 
Gayby, directed by Jonathan Lisecki, 10m, 2010
A gay man and a straight woman decide to have a child together the old fashioned way.
 
I Was a Teenage Girl, directed by Augustine Frizzell, 6m, 2013
Emma and Jesse are close friends. One night, after an intense breakup, they have a heartfelt conversation that challenges the boundaries of their friendship in an unexpected way.
 
Nidal, directed by Tarek Turkey, 15m, 2016
Fourteen-year-old Nidal is one of the 4.8 million Syrians who have been displaced by war. Born female, Nidal has identified as a boy since he was nine years old which coincided with their escape from Syria. As his body starts to mature, he is forced to navigate the complexity of his circumstances in the confines of a refugee camp and a culture that cannot comprehend gender fluidity.