18min | Short | 16 October 2016 (Spain)
Paradigm by Valentino R. Sandoli is a Spanish short fiction film present in the LGBT section of the seventh edition of Piélagos en Corto – International Fiction Short Film Festival taking place in Cantabria, Spain, from May 2 to 7.
Guille (Kuba Tarasiewicz) has been secretly in love with his best friend for months. However, aware of the prejudices of society, Guille does not reveal his feelings. In a spiral of new experiences that condition his true desires, Guille begins a life to which, until then, it had been strange in the hope of one day to be able to assume the real feelings.
Sweet Sixteen 2002
R | 1h 46min | Crime, Drama | 4 October 2002 (UK)
Liam is a young, restless teen struggling to realize his dream in the gritty and dismal streets of Greenock, where unemployment is rampant and little hope is available to the city’s youth. He is waiting for the release of his mother, Jean, from prison where she is completing a prison term for a crime that her boyfriend actually committed. Her boyfriend, Stan, is a crude and obnoxious drug pusher is partnered by Liam’s equally rough and foul-mouthed, mean-spirited grandfather. Liam is determined to rescue his mother from both of them, which means creating a safe haven beyond their reach. But first he’s got to raise the cash–no small feat for a young man. It’s not long before Liam and his pals’ crazy schemes lead them into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself dangerously out of his depth, Liam knows he should walk away. Only this time, he just can’t let go.
Shy Niklas, together with other young men of his age, must undergo the compulsory medical examination preceding the obligatory military service. He feels deeply humiliated and gets seriously traumatized, as he by hazard has the misfortune of being thoroughly examined naked by a young female physician who lives next door to him (and whom he is secretly in love with). This trauma turns his immediate daily life into a nightmare, with both suicide and murder thoughts troubling his confused mind. And he will soon be given a military weapon…
1h 31min | Drama | 14 October 1999 (Singapore)
This film looks at the 1950’s muscle men’s magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines, but were in reality primarily being purchased by the still underground homosexual community. Chief among the purveyors of this literature was Bob Mizer, who maintained a magazine and developed sexually inexplicit men’s films for over 40 years. Aided by his mother, the two maintained a stable of not so innocent studs. At the end, the film moves into a court room drama as Mizer is tried for running a male-prostitute ring in the early 60’s. Clips of Mizer’s actual films starring individuals, such as Jack LaLanne and Joe Dallesandro, are included.
Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) and Christian Markelli (Wes Ramsey) are perhaps the two most opposite people in the world. Aaron is a passionate young Elder (a Mormon missionary) who wants to do his family and church proud. Christian is a shallow West Hollywood waiter/party boy who only looks forward to what man the next night will bring to him. After Aaron and three other Elders move into the apartment across from his, Christian’s friends make a bet that he can’t get one of them into the sack, so he instantly latches onto Aaron, suspecting there is more than meets the eye to him. There are two problems, though: Christian finds himself questioning his own identity as he falls in love with Aaron and the Mormon Church treats homosexuality as a sinful lifestyle. When Aaron’s burgeoning sexuality is discovered, they will have to go through trials of regret, loss, perseverance, and forgiveness if they want to get to the thing that matters to them most: each other.