CMG Mission Statement
California Men's Gatherings (CMG) fosters
a safe, supportive community
where men challenge themselves to develop their
emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual and physical lives -
with as much fun as possible along the way!
We encourage you to read CMG's Core Values Statement as well!
All proceeds of the CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL are donated to AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2014
This program is presented with the generous support of the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. For more information on the City's arts programs, please visit weho.org/arts and weho.org/pride.
directed by Jamison Hebert
In a magical family restaurant where the table items come to life at night, a grumpy toothpick dispenser learns a lesson in friendship.
directed by Casper Andreas
An aging author struggles with sorrow and grief while dealing with the death of his husband and moving forward with the strained relationship he has with his pregnant daughter.
WINNER OF JURY AWARD FOR BEST DRAMA
WINNER OF JURY AWARD FOR BEST DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE (MALE)
directed by Justin Ross
A gay man attends his last AA meeting before becoming a woman.
directed by Dennis Shinners
Haircuts, hip-hop and homo-sex on the down-low. A Latino barber secretly falls in love with his handsome customer on a hot and sweaty afternoon in a macho Brooklyn hood.
directed by Erin Babbin
The lustful story of a chance flirtatious encounter that forces a woman to choose between her current beau and a sly temptress.
directed by Gabrielle Zilkha
A pair of lovers whose relationship is cooling try everything to heat it back up.
produced by Brian Cobb; written and directed by Boaz Stark
In the Opener of the current season, Jake and Mikey have to deal with the results of their HIV tests, Wilma has to face that fact that his mother will never approve of his drag persona, and other characters deal with their own problems.
produced by Brian Cobb; written and directed by Boaz Stark
This Australian Web Series has over 20 million views, is totally gay, and it's coming to America. In this episode, which ends Season 3, our two main characters, Jake and Mickey, go for a rapid result HIV test....
directed by Michael Serrato
If you're not getting all you want out of life, maybe what you need is your own GPS -- not a Global Positioning System; a Gay Personal Sidekick! But do mind the cautions list.
directed by Leslie Bumgarner
A young man's mother has to work hard to give him some news he doesn't really want to hear.
Acceptance -- others accept us, we accept others, we accept ourselves. And when the context is acceptance as the last of the five stages of grief, we accept the inevitable. In Surprise, a young man and his mother reveal difficult truths; then a woman accepts her shortcomings by engaging her own gay sidekick; in the acclaimed web series THE HORIZON, two men the audience has been following for three seasons finally go for their HIV test; then two amorous rabbits have to accept that some of the sexual frisson has gone from their relationship; a man has to sit and watch as a woman hijacks his intended conquest; a hair stylist thinks about -- but never voices -- his feelings for a customer; and the famous AA serenity prayer is given yet another test. A LAST FAREWELL presents the most painful aspect of acceptance; and in the end, all will be well as long as we remember to accept others in one big, happy family.
directed by David Dean Bottrell
Our "golden oldie" from 2006, when it won a slew of awards. A classic comedy of mistaken identity.
directed by Lasse Nielsen
In Denmark, where the age of consent is 15, life can be frustrating for a 14-year old boy.
directed by Wu Tsang
What if death gave you a second chance? Andrea, a grieving Chicana mother, confronts an uninvited family member before her Dia de los Muertos celebration. By night's end, death offers her a choice that she couldn't make in life. WINNER OF JURY AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY A WOMAN.
directed by Hieu Tran
Two guys make it home for some hot sex, and only then discover that they're both tops! How will they determine which of them winds up in the driver's seat tonight?
directed by John Sobrack
A man pursued by the law finds more than refuge from the streets when he is mistaken for another man's online hookup.
WINNER OF AUDIENCE AWARD FOR FAVORITE DRAMA
directed by Brandy Silva
Sam is a genderfluid individual who confuses people on a daily basis. When Sam goes to a cafe and does something as simple as order coffee, they meet opposition. But Sam knows that sometimes the coffee has to dry in the sun.
directed by Austin Wong
When a gay Asian man notices that many gay men take a "no Asians" stance, he explores the issue with his friends and discovers that we all bring prejudices into the bedroom.
directed by Evan Roberts
Gabe is a late bloomer whose attempts to impress Shane, a more mature classmate, get him into a hairy situation.
SNAFU -- a World War II slang term meaning "Situation Normal, All Fucked Up" -- is still in use today, and refers to any ridiculously chaotic situation or (in the words of Wiktionary) a "major glitch or breakdown." Apt words for a boy entering puberty who goes to desperate lengths to speed up the process; an asian guy who tries to delve into the mysteries of "rice" and "potatoes;" a genderfluid individual who confounds bullies; a guy running from the police who is mistaken for a man's expected internet hookup; two hotties who get together for sex, only to discover they're both tops; a woman grieving for her not-so-departed child; and a Danish boy a few days shy of the age of consent. And in the classic Available Men, two sets of men who have appointments to meet a stranger, meet the wrong one, and never know it. The kind of stuff that happens every day, right? Let's hope not.
directed by Angie West
An enactment of Mark Bunyan's infamous Fruit Song starring Mark Bunyan as the grocer. Saucy musical romp featuring Mr. Bunyan's favorite, the Cox Apple.
directed by Michael Saul
Visions of a past relationship leave Matthew broken and isolated until an intimate encounter at a porn arcade opens a peephole to unexpected possibilities.
directed by Alex Siow
The language of love does not need to be heard for these two young ladies to make a connection.
directed by Kellen Chatman
On a particularly difficult day, a very old man ruminates about some painful choices he made as a youth.
directed by Christopher Stollery
The concerned father of a six-year old boy takes it the wrong way..
WINNER OF AUDIENCE AWARD FOR FAVORITE COMEDY
WINNER OF JURY AWARD, BEST COMEDY
WINNER OF JURY AWARD, BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE (MALE)
directed by Quentin Lee
A mother and daughter discover each other's secrets through a comedy of errors, and learn to accept themselves and each other.
directed by Eric Casaccio
Sometimes one must experience darkness to find a true authentic light. When Rob dumps Evan, Evan's downward spiral takes him to a place of truth, while Rob descends into his own midlife crisis.
directed by Daniel Flores
The friendship of two dancers is put to the test when Darren's sister objects to him starring in a ballet opposite Uriel, a trans girl.
directed by Brumby Boylston
Goofy? or profound? Watch this insane commercial parody and make up your own mind...
In a film story, wisdom is often conspicuous by its absence. This program begins with what should be the ultimate rejoinder to what was once a highly controversial film depiction of a gay subculture. Then a young man has to make a choice that may cost a friendship; a spurned lover finds wisdom about his ex; a daughter discovers something about her mom; a couple exhibit an utter lack of wisdom when their son's drawing sparks an intimate conversation; a young party crasher thinks she knows it all; an old man reflects on the unwise choices of his youth; two women on the prowl find out it's not always safe to speak in code; a man finds solace where most men only find sex; and it all boils down to a familiar bit of wisdom: you are what you eat.
directed by Bryan Horch
After convincing his husband to retire their beloved, lumpy futon, Nelson is forced to come out in a spectacular way while shopping for a new bed.
One of the things we love about film is its ability to present adventure in the most unlikely places. A walk in the park turns dangerous; crashing with the perfect couple turns into a roller coaster ride; a young man goes to war; a family dinner is full of pitfalls; a janitor in a gay bar encounters magic; adventures in internet dating; spending a whole day with an ersatz Madonna; a young girl discovers things aren't always what they seem; and a man's visit to a mattress store turns into a trial by fire. Like love, ADVENTURE is where you find it.
directed by Teveta Lozanova
Fifteen-year-old school underdog Cindy Wei takes her first steps towards building up confidence and overcoming her lack of cultural identity by the discovery of her mysterious cousin Michael’s well kept secret.
directed by Chris Chew
When Darcy gets her heart broken, her friends concoct a plan to get revenge on the heartbreaker, and also to get Darcy fast hookups via online dating sites. Mayhem ensues.
directed by Wes Hurley
The Cinderella story, as you have never imagined it: in a gay bar. And OH! that glass slipper!
directed by Jeremy La Londe
directed by Laurent Boileau; created by Attie Albertus
The annual dinner commemorating the death of Cornelius revives Samuel’s memories. Tormented by regret and misunderstood by all, he never revealed his homosexuality to Cornelius’s family. After they leave, Samuel retires to his room and becomes a Queen of the Night, in tribute to his lost love.
directed by Wade Gasque
A hopeless romantic learns a thing or two about relationships when he gets too close to the "perfect couple."
directed by Rich Yap
Cruising in the park. Who is the pursuer and who is the pursued?
4:00 and 8:00 p.m. each day
CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2014