Here is a rundown of the LGBT shorts program at DC Shorts 2017, sponsored by the DC Center for the LGBT Community and DC Center Global.
“The Whole World” (“El Mundo Entero”, directed by Julian Quintinalla, Spain, 30 min, in Spanish) was the best and principal film. This film is set in a town in southeastern Spain, set up in sunlit, exaggerated colors, almost as if animated. The town itself looks like a glimpse of heaven. Julian, an attractive 30—year old, visits the cemetery where his mother La Chary (Loles Leon), who had died at 51 from breast cancer, materializes in her only afterlife form. She relates how she protected him as different, from the bullies, and from a rogue psychotherapist. Then Julian will meet Peter (Candido Gomez), who was another attractive gay teen when he was growing up, ten years older. But the overriding idea is that Julian himself seems to be in a layered afterlife of his own.
“Pool” (“Piscina”, directed by Leandro Goddhino, Brazil 20 min, in Portuguese). Claudia wants to investigate the family’s past as it fled the Nazis, and encounters a German lady, Marlene, who has set up an apartment in an empty swimming pool. Marlene recounts the past persecution of gays, while there is a parallel story of Claudia’s own lesbian marriage in which she is raising a child.
“Dusk” (directed by Jake Graff, UK, 15 min), tells the story of gender-fluid Chris Winters in the hostile 1950s, a time that took Alan Turing’s life.
“Little Potato” (directed by Wes Hurley, 13 min, USA/Russia) invites a young gay man to tell his story growing up in Vladivostok, Russia, at the time of the fall of the Soviet Union. His mother also contributes. But the film anticipates the hostile 2013 anti-gay propaganda law in Russia, which has led to asylum seeking in the U.S.
“The Real Thing” (directed by Brandon Kelly, 7 min) puts a new spin on the whole debate about the relationship between the LGBTQ community and the military. A father returns home from deployment to his home in Texas, in fatigues, to find his child has transitioned to female. He hugs her at the end.
“Better Known as Peaches Christ” (directed by Jeff Dragomanovch, 4 min) lets a drag queen tell his story. Is he more than just an entertainer? I knew a bartender named Peaches in Dallas in the 1980s, but he was very cis.
(Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10:45 PM EDT)