lightning bugs in a jar                                          20 min.

directed by Ian Simpson, Sara Wolkowitz

When a mother and son with a caustic history are reunited to pack-up their old house, sparks fly as long-buried secrets are revealed.

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Advance tickets:

Single Program $10

Festival Pass (all four programs, Oct. 7-8) $35

​MENSWALK members Single Program $8

MENSWALK members Festival Pass $28

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etage x                                                              14 min.

directed by Francy Fabritz
Two women trapped in in a stalled elevator car.  What can happen while they wait to be rescued?  Plenty!  This one's as real as it gets!

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Advance tickets:

Single Program $10

Festival Pass (all four programs, Oct 7-8) $35

​MENSWALK members Single Program $8

MENSWALK members Festival Pass $28

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Think you don't care about an elementary school in Oakland whose mission is to create a safe space for the whole range of human gender identification?  After you see this film, you will.  ​

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boys                                                                        14 min.

directed by Eyal Resh

Brian sleeps over at his best friend Jake's house.  But tonight the two find themselves in an encounter that suggests a possible new dimension in their friendship.  

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heimat xxx                                                             12 min.

directed by Sebastian Dominic Auer
It starts as an idyllic day in an utterly gorgeous setting, and slowly morphs into something extremely sticky.... 


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Program one - SATURDAY, october 7 -- 5:00 p.m.

COURAGE IN ADVERSITY



men don't whisper                                         23 min.

directed by Jordan Firstman

After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton set out to do the most masculine thing they can think of - sleep with women.   

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amigas with benefits                                          11 MIN.

directed by Adelina Anthony

The wedding of two elderly lesbians is interrupted by an uninvited guest.

encuentro                                                         16 min.

directed by Florencia Manovill

Claudia is mystified when a seeming pickup turns into something else.

pussy                                                                  8 min.

directed by Marta Swiatek
A young girl sets out to spend a quiet evening at home, pleasuring herself... but not everything goes according to plan.
 


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NICKy                                                                     2 min.

directed by Heath Daniels

Nicky is gender fluid, and knows a lot about how to present as either masculine or feminine.


ROY LIEBMAN has written six reference books on film history; the latest, Broadway Actors in Films, 1894---2015, appeared earlier in 2017.   He has contributed more than 100 articles to reference books and periodicals, and has reviewed several hundred film books for print and online services. Roy has also written two produced documentaries, and has been interviewed for others. The Los Angeles Unified School District commissioned him to write a series of one-act  plays.

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eclipse                                                             6 min.

directed by Viet Le

Filmed in Hanoi on the fortieth anniversary of the military engagements in Southeast Asia (2015), thinking about still-present pasts, the ghosts of history and modernity. 

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call your father                                              19 min.

directed by Jordan Firstman

It's only a first date, but right from the start, Greg is in over his head, as he struggles to keep up with young, unpredictable Josh.  As the night continues, things spiral more and more out of control.  

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ce que je pense                                                      4 min.

directed by Kevin Capelle

Kevin Capelle and Thomas Devouge collaborate as directors of this film about being alone, an experience too many of us can identify with.  Based on a short-story by Guy de Maupassant.


you've got tail                                                       4 min.

directed by Danny Tayara

Are there really people out there willing to dress and act like dogs in exotic sexual scenes?  What do you think?

the devil is in the details                                 20 min.

directed by Fabian Gorgeart

1859: Alexina, a trainee school teacher, suffers unbearable pain. Doctors discover she is a hermaphrodite, and order her to leave the school -- and her oldest friend.

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rusalka                                                             9 min.

directed by Wes Hurley

Wes Hurley delighted our audience two years ago with his version of Cinderella in a leather bar.  This year, the "fairy tale" is The Little Mermaid, complete with music by Dvorjak.  This version is not for the kiddies.

Program three - sunday, october 8, 3:30 p.m.

KEEPING IT (SUR)REAL


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Our closing night party, immediately after the final screening at the Council Chambers, takes place around the corner at presenting sponsor BAR 10, and features a program of films we call ATMOSPHERICS.  These are films that are visually striking, bizarre, or otherwise unusual, including some from Programs 1-4 and some selected exclusively for this program.  We've picked a collection of films that can still deliver a reward even in a bar, but which will also pay off if the viewer gives them full attention.  
​This party is FREE to all; Festival Patrons and guests (with ticket stub or other proof) will enjoy Happy Hour prices all night long on drinks and appetizers.  Party begins 9:30 p.m.; Film program starts at 10:00.

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plasma vista                                                      8 min.

directed by Harriet Fleuriot, Sarah Cockings

​"When products become prosthetics does the accessory take some emotional control?" Chances are this film won't answer that question for you, but it's amazing to look at.  

little potato                                                           13 min.

directed by Wes Hurley

Growing up in Russia, where he feared he might be the only gay person in the world, and then finding freedom in America, this is the true story of Filmmaker Wes Hurley's childhood.


circle                                                               3 min.

directed by Kai Staenicke
A woman loses her heart... and can't get it back.

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superheroes                                                        15 min.

directed by Volker Peters

Phil is too small for his age, and the target of bullies.  He gets help from an unexpected source, a lesbian, who is also an outsider.  

saturday, OCTOBER 7, 2017

5:00 and 8:30 PM

Sunday, OCTOBER 8, 2017

​​​3:30 and 7:00 PM

​​West Hollywood City Council Chambers

625 san vicente blvd. (at melrose)

west hollywood, ca 90069


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our second first date                               12 min.

directed by Emi Schaufield

A woman is forced to repeat the same date over and over again. Just when she thinks she's got things figured out, she realizes she knows nothing.  

creating gender inclusive schools                   21 min.

directed by Jonathan Skurnik


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out again                                                                    10 min.

directed by Robin Cloud

Cat and Liz are visiting Cat's parents to share the news of their recent marriage.  But Cat's mom has Alzheimer's and doesn't even remember that Cat is a lesbian.

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ALEX AND THE HANDYMAN                                      14 min.

directed by Nicholas Colla

A precocious nine-year-old boy develops a crush on the young handyman who has just been hired to work in his mom's palatial house.  

Advance tickets:

Single Program $10

Festival Pass (all four programs, Sept. 24-25) $35

​MENSWALK members Single Program $8

MENSWALK members Festival Pass $28

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PRIA                                                                            22 min.

directed by Yudho Aditya

Arranged marriage is still the order of the day in Indonesia, where a young man wishes for a way out.  He's full of fantasies and unfulfilled desires for his American English teacher.  

etage x                                                                   14 min.

directed by Francy Fabritz

Two women trapped in a stalled elevator car.  What can happen while they wait to be rescued?  Plenty!  This one's as real as it gets!


All proceeds donated to AIDS Walk Los Angeles

FOR OUR OPENING PROGRAM, we offer films that focus on dealing with life challenges.  Whether the challenge consists of a physical or mental ailment, or in circumstances that seem to conspire against the protagonist, and even where the difficulty is self-imposed, these stories demonstrate the strength and warmth of the human spirit.  

​Warning: This program contains explicit sex.  

DANNY THE MANNY

Episode 3 - drag                                                               7 min.

directed by Mike Roma

Danny supports himself taking care of a young boy who asks him questions about what "gay" means, and a whole bunch of other stuff.  Including drag.  Coco Peru has a role in this episode of the popular local series.  

heimat xxx                                                   16 min.

directed by Sebastian Dominic Auer

It starts as an idyllic day in an utterly gorgeous setting, and slowly morphs into something extremely ... sticky. 

Advance tickets:

Single Program $10

Festival Pass (all four programs, Oct 7-8) $35

​MENSWALK members Single Program $8

MENSWALK members Festival Pass $28

MENSWALK DISCOUNTS ON ADVANCE PURCHASE ONLY

AT BOX OFFICE REGULAR PRICES APPLY

DON'T MISS OUT! TO BUY ADVANCE TICKETS, CLICK HERE


MICHELLE EHLEN is a graduate of The Los Angeles Film School where she studied writing and directing.  With a focus on comedy, much of her work satirizes gender, sexuality, stereotypes, and identity.  She produced, wrote, directed, and acted in four award-winning feature films, including the first lesbian comedy trilogy - Butch Jamie, Heterosexual Jill, and S&M Sally.  Her latest film, S&M Sally, screened in over 75 cities worldwide and won 9 awards including Best Feature from qFLIX Philadelphia and the Director’s Award from Out Film CT.  She’s currently in pre-production on her first non-comedic script, Maybe Someday, to be shot in 2018.  You can check out more about her work atwww.BalletDiesel.com  

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the real thing                                                         8 min.

directed by Brandon Kelley

Dad's coming home from his military service, and when he get there, he will meet his young son, who now identifies as a girl and has to maneuver in her new and not always friendly world every day. 

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curmudgeons                                                      15 min.

directed by Danny DeVito

A potty-mouthed octogenarian in an assisted living facility gets a big time surprise engineered by his daughter.  

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it's a boy                                                                  6 min.

directed by Trent Nakamura

Modern science has achieved the ability to predict the sexual orientation of a fetus in the early stages of pregnancy. A young couple deals with the doctor's announcement that their baby boy will be gay.

like father                                                           13 min.

directed by Jason Stuart

​​On his deathbed, a man finally has a long-postponed conversation with his son, and they learn they have more in common than they thought.

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delicious perspective                                     11 min.

directed by Antonio Padovani

The elaborate preparation of the Dinner is an intriguing game of seduction involving two women, who have never met each other, a dialogue of tactile morbidness that develops itself with gestures and knives rather than words. “What is bizarre? What is natural?”. The answer could come too late…

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program two - saturday, october 7, 8:30 p.m.

THAT WHOLE DATING THING

DATING HAS CHANGED A LOT since many of us were growing up... This remarkable collection of films gives us an array of insightful looks at what it has become. From a conflict of generations to a smorgasbord of NSA hookups, to a "groundhog's day" outing that just won't quit, enjoy these fanciful looks at the way we meet our would-be partners in modern life.

circle                                                               3 min.

directed by Kai Staenicke
A woman loses her heart... and can't get it back.

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PROGRAM FOUR - SUNDAY, october 8, 7:00 P.M.

YOUNG... AND YOUNG AGAIN


cock n' bull 2                                               14 min.

directed by Nathan Adloff

Wes and Chris, in couples counseling, decide to explore opening up the relationship to spice up their sex life.  What could go wrong?

walk for me                                                          12 min.

directed by Elegance Bratton

Hassan is exploring his trans identity in New York's underground ballroom scene, when his mother visits him in his new world.

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CIRCUMSTANCES CAN MAKE EVEN SMALL MOMENTS into something consequential.  For this program, we have assembled some material that is very much rooted in reality, and other stories that use real life as a jumping off point, but quickly move into their own bizarre or just unusual worlds.  

dusk                                                                     15 min.

directed by Jake Graf

For some decisions, there is no right answer.  This is particularly true of Chris Winters, trying to grow up as different in the intolerant and uninformed world of England in the 1950s.

basaan                                                                        15  min.

directed by Gino Jose

It's the yearly Water Festival, and John encounters an old friend who shows John the limits he has imposed on his own life. 

PROGRAM Five - SUNDAY, october 8, 10:00 P.M.



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climax                                                               12 min.

directed by Fulvio Ballmer
Larry goes back home with a girl he met in a bar. He eventually discovers that what she has between her legs is not exactly what he was expecting.  And that's just for starters.

All proceeds of the CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL are donated to AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2017






​This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood's WeHoArts program. For more information,  please visit www.weho.org/arts, or www.weho.org/pride.  You can also follow via via social media @WeHoArts.


CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017

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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!

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SOMETHING NEW                                                   15 min.

directed by TJ Marchbank

Jonah struggles to find a new boy friend, ignoring a guy who's maybe a little too easy.


stall                                                                       14 min.

directed by Heath Daniels

Created for West Hollywood's 30th anniversary celebration, this film features highlights of the city's history.  All playing in a bathroom stall in West Hollywood Park.  We looked for that stall, couldn't find it.  You have to see it here.  

YOUTH IS BEAUTY, BEAUTY IS YOUTH, or something like that.  We picked the best of a large number of great films featuring pre-pubescent boys and girls and mixed them in with the best films about older LGBTQs, and the result is a program demonstrating the little-appreciated truths that our community is diverse, and our issues are ubiquitous -- and universal.  

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last night was a mistake                         15 min.

directed by Amanda Holland

Best friends Alexa and Maya wanted a stress free trip to Vegas away from their significant others.  But a little too much alcohol turned their getaway into something a lot more consequential. 


GLENN GAYLORD is an award-winning writer/director with feature credits including I DO, LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR, EATING OUT: ALL YOU CAN EAT as well as the shorts BOYCHICK, LOST CAUSE, LITTLE BFFs and IF WE TOOK A HOLIDAY.  He has also produced and directed docu-series and reality television programs for MTV, A&E, VH1, SKY TV, and BRAVO.  He graduated from the UCLA School of Film and Television after growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, where there was little to do except foster his imagination.  He misses the ever-changing weather of the Midwest, but not the voters.  


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him                                                                          11 min.

directed by Christian Coppola

​Alex, a deaf 12 year old, becomes infatuated with his big sister's boyfriend during a weekend retreat.