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Fest Selects: Best Gay Shorts 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Pierre Stefanos , David Fardmar    DVD
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  • Directors: Pierre Stefanos, David Fardmar, Eldar Rapaport
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004NEF9G4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,627 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Being queer used to be political" 6 Jan 2012
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This DVD comprises 8 short films `culled from top film festivals', according to the blurb.

`After' (13 mins) is a dreamy, poetic and beautiful film about three charmingly geeky youths and their adoration of a high school athlete, based on the great Dennis Cooper's poem, `After School, Street Football, Eighth Grade' (which can be found online).

`Bedfellows' (15 mins) is about a young gay man's dreams of married life and 2.4 children. It's a bit too cloyingly sentimental for my tastes, not to mention that it holds up married life as some sort of ideal. But maybe I'm just a wizened old cynic and this short film will no doubt appeal to a great many gay guys (if you read the reviews on you'll see that this film actually has our yank friends sobbing).

`Curious Thing' (9 mins) follows the relationship of two men exploring their feelings for each other, as well as their sometime girlfriends. The film is soundtracked by a series of spoken excerpts from interviews with gay men about their experiences with straight guys, with the content of the interviews roughly mirroring what we see happening on screen. It is well made, with some interesting reflections on sexual confusion and ambiguity.

`Gayby' (12 mins) is the next film (the title being a portmanteau word formed of `gay' and `baby' and spoken to rhyme with the latter, the word is a slang term for a baby born to gay parents). A straight woman meets a gay friend hoping that he will donate his sperm so that she can have a child. However, she doesn't want to go down the route of artificial insemination; instead she wants him to inseminate her `the old-fashioned way'. Will this work? The film is funny, nicely acted and contains some nice lines.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The true cream of the crop 19 May 2011
By IntoMoYouKnow - Published on
I saw several of these shorts at a film festival and hoped I'd eventually find them on iTunes or one of these comps, but in watching the entire collection, I'm now more of a fan of the ones I hadn't yet seen!

AFTER - 7/10 - Not gonna lie, if the object of the three guys affection was a little hunkier, I'd have maybe made this an 8/10, but I can totally identify with crushing on str8 jocks in school and I enjoyed this one more for not being so melodramatic at the end.

BEDFELLOWS - 10/10 - This one was such a knockout in terms of its visuals and its acting. I think its the first time I've ever cried watching a short film and yet by the end, I was grinning ear to ear. The soundtrack also really swept me along as a rather hypnotic dream sequence unfolded in a gorgeous way. Excellent, excellent stuff.

CURIOUS THING - 6/10 - I remembered this one a bit different from when I saw it first. I liked it again but the emotional reaction I had to it wasn't there this time, maybe because I had just watched After which is rather similar. A good film but it went by pretty quick.

GAYBY - 9/10 - Had seen this one and it holds up on 2nd viewing. The one film with a legit female character, and she really serves it in a great comedic performance, while her hot male counterpart is pretty funny too. The scene on the roof was very meloncholy and it was a great touch after making us laugh so much during the bedroom scene.

GAYSHARKTANK.COM - 7/10 - Another film that I remembered differently that maybe didn't feel the same on 2nd view. Really funny at times, but for whatever reason I felt there were moments where it dragged (no pun intened). Highlights were wife looking for her husband on the site and the trans hooker who offered 'parties!'

MY NAME IS LOVE - 6/10 - The one film I'd have maybe skipped. I guess I can understand if people like this kind of film but felt a bit too slow, the only one over 20 minutes. Also have to say that trying to make one of the characters' major indiscretions seem pitiable turned me off, plus the film just sort of ends in an odd place. Take it or leave it.

MOUSE'S BIRTHDAY - 7/10 - I watched this one twice just because it went by so quickly. Avant-garde stuff in queer films is always a welcome thing for me, it's where queer films started, and this is the queerest of the films on the DVD. Intriguing visual style, and it's better than the standard mindless gay comedies for sure.

STEAM - 8/10 - This is maybe the one film in the collection that seems groundbreaking, but yet its flawed as well. It is political, it is philosophical, and yet its sexy as well. The ending came out of nowhere and yet I was wondering what the director meant by it (is he/she straight??). But the fact that it makes me think about it after I watched it means the director came up with something weightier than a standard gay short, and we need more of those vs. the same.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CURIOUSER? 18 May 2011
By RLOR300 - Published on
Based alone on the outstanding multi-prize winner CURIOUS THING, this compilation is worth the price of a ticket! Having crossed a few boundaries in my time, CURIOUS THING made me reflect, smile, wince and finally, sigh. Check out the whole collection - it's a great ride!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Variety Of Festival Shorts--More Than Just Comedy Cliches 16 May 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
There are so many different compilations of short films on the DVD market, it's a gamble and a mixed bag dropping your money on any collection sight unseen. Usually, there are pieces you like and some you loathe, some that seem professional and some that seem cobbled together. I'm pleased that, in general, the "fest selects" assortment included on Volume One of Best Gay Shorts is a solid (and somewhat surprising, in a good way) group.

The highpoint, for me, is the Swedish entry MY NAME IS LOVE. Well acted and disturbing, this is a terrific piece. I also enjoyed CURIOUS THING about the blurring of lines between friendship and relationship and discovering one's self. And I enjoyed the ethereal quirkiness of AFTER. Several of the other choices tackle familiar themes in comedic ways--one about a dating Internet site even has some famous faces!

After loving the first 6 selections, a bizarre music video did little to peak my interest but was brief. And lastly, the film ends with a erotic film STEAM that morphs into an existential drama (picture Sartre's NO EXIT as a steamroom hook-up). I'm sure that many will appreciate the effort, but it seemed a bit heavy handed for my taste.

All in all, though, this is one of the better compilations I've seen. About 4 1/2 stars, this is a solid and entertaining collection with enough variety to keep you on your toes. KGHarris, 5/11.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag 15 Mar 2014
By Joe G - Published on
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The shorts included in this anthology are of varying quality. The short based on the poem by Dennis Cooper in which three boys fantasize about the same hunk is by far the most original and interesting. Bedfellows is sweet in the good way. The final short on the VDV is erotic and disturbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good set of shorts 28 Jan 2014
By Loren H. Evans - Published on
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My dvd collection exceeds 1300 titles now. My favorite genre is gay shorts collections that I have many of. This particular collection has one short clip that I did not understand, the rest were strong I likes and several I loves. The short clip, Bedfellows, for me was so powerful drawing much emotion from me, that alone is worth the dvd. The rest was added icing to the cake. For me the dvd is a welcome addition to my collection.
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