Narrative Shorts 1: Love and Sex

Narrative Shorts 1: Love and Sex

Stories of people hooking up, breaking up, and shacking up.

With conversations between Cinema St. Louis artistic director Chris Clark and "Bill & Robert" director-executive producer Kamaria Hodge and star-executive producer Brandon Smith; "Encounter" director Ivan Löwenberg; "Finding Norm(al)" writer-producer-star Nathaniel Ryan; "Lukewarm" director Mitch Yapko and writer-star Eric Feltes; "Next Level Shit" director Gary Jaffe; "A Single Evening" director Ashlei Hardenburg-Cartagena; and "Women on the Threshold" director Dan Steadman.

Films in this Program

Bill & Robert

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U.S.
English
2020
9 minutes
Kamaria J. Hodge

The story of a love that blooms between two black men just five years after homosexuality was decriminalized in the United States.

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Encounter

Encounter
Mexico
Spanish
2019
18 minutes
Ivan Löwenberg

A sudden event brings together elderly Arcelia, who has been estranged from her family for many decades because of her longtime relationship with partner Lulu, and young Julian, who struggles to explore his identity while living under the umbrella of his strict grandfather.

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Finding Norm

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U.S.
English
2019
8 minutes
David Cork, Glenn Quentin George & Ashton Pina

Devastated Norm, newly single after his longtime boyfriend breaks up with him on Thanksgiving evening, baby-steps his way back into dating and bachelorhood as he tries to find his new “normal.”

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Jeff Drives You

Jeff Drives You
U.S.
English
2019
17 minutes
Aidan Brezonick

A lonely gay man falls in love with an artificially intelligent car over the course of a road trip.

Lukewarm

Lukewarm
U.S.
English
2019
7 minutes
Mitch Yapko

John and Eric put the “lust” back in “lackluster” sex.

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Next Level Shit

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U.S.
English
2018
11 minutes
Gary Jaffe

Taylor prepares obsessively for the perfect third date with dreamboat Chris, but his efforts backfire.

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A Single Evening

Single Evening
U.S.
English
2020
13 minutes
Ashlei Hardenburg-Cartagena

In this musical short about dating and loneliness, an annoyed and single bisexual woman navigates her way through yet another lonely night while personified dating apps serenade her with songs about her inability to find love.

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Treacle

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U.S.
English
2019
18 minutes
Rosie Westhoff

Two friends take a weekend trip to help one of them get over a recent breakup, but their relationship begins to change when heterosexual Jessie, in her drunken loneliness, kisses bisexual Belle.

Unexpected

Unexpected
U.K.
English
2019
2 minutes
Daniele Guerra

A chance encounter between two young men leads to a chase and an unexpected result.

Women on the Threshold

Women on the Threshold
U.S.
English
2019
13 minutes
Dan Steadman

In this short inspired by an old episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” Faye, haunted by the death of her beloved Dolores, considers taking her own life when she suddenly encounters the Grim Reaper.

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