TIM AND THE FLUTEBOY                                        13 min.

directed by Lasse Nielsen

A boy of 13 is suicidal about being homosexual, but gets help from the ghost of the mysterious Fluteboy, who killed himself over the same issues years ago.

DEVIANT                                                                        10 min.

directed by Benjamin Howard

Electric shock and images on screen were a popular way to attempt to "cure" homosexuality in the sixties. Too "Clockwork Orange?" This was real. And "conversion therapy" is still legal in 40 states. 

Validated FREE PARKING

in the Public/Park Parking Structure 


dragonfire                                                              4 min.

directed by Michelle Ehlen

Award-winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Corday is literally set on fire by the sexy dominatrix Vixen Deville in this steamy rock and roll music video. 

faeriefilm                                                                8 min.

directed by Eugene Salandra

Animated history depicting the origin of the Radical Faeries.  It doesn't name names, but the spirit is there.  These guys were around before any of the men's groups we are familiar with today.  

Foxy Trot                                                                  15 min.

directed by Lisa Donato

Ballroom dance lessons by a heteronormative instructor raise unexpected issues for a lesbian couple.  

magic h8 ball                                                        15 min.

directed by Dan Hass


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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 cleanse                                                      13 min.

directed by Lucas Omar

Kayden has to complete a Cleanse to join an elite group at school. No food. No sex. Just juice. Let the cravings begin.

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silverlake afternoon                                  11 min.

directed by Rebecca Holopter, Michael Osborne

Michael is 33 and he's never been with a guy, but today, he is taking that first, very risky, step.

DARIO                                                                        15 min.

directed by Manuel Kinzer, Jorge A. Trujillo

Beset on all sides by relatives and friends who want him to do something else, a 17-year old boy in Colombia somehow stays loyal to the only thing in his life that gives him joy.  

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PROGRAM Five - SUNDAY, october 7, 10:00 P.M.




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All proceeds of the CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL are donated to AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2018






​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.


What for most of us is an innocent children's toy becomes a powerful force for the dark side in this metaphoric look at a gay man who has to deal with both chlamydia and the loss of his lover. 

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NIGHT SHIFT                                                          15 min.

directed by Chris Phillips

Two men with an intense shared past find themselves together again, and sparks fly.  


DANCE HAS BEEN CALLED "the hidden language of the soul," and in many of this program's films, it's our window into the action, even when all we end up with is a mystery. But besides the hidden language, there is also the language of hiding, which is eloquently used in several of these stories.  Hidden or expressed, the emotions in play are powerful, and often life changing.  

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don't fuck with england                                          3 min.

directed by Rocket Ear

You heard the man.  

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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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BLOCK PARTY is located at

8853 Santa Monica Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069 

the things you think i'm thinking                         14 min.

directed by Sherren Lee

A black burn-survivor and amputee brings a regularly-abled man back to his apartment, where he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident, ten years ago.  

THE PrEP Project                                                   13 min.

directed by Chris Tipton-King, Robyn Kopp  

Most of us are aware that there's a pill you can take every day that's more effective than condoms in preventing HIV transmission.  But there's a lot about Truvada that most people don't know, or haven't thought about. This film will fill in the blanks. 


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something about alex                                             19 min.

directed by Reinout Hellenthal

Alex is a loner whose only confidant is his sister's boyfriend.  When Hendrik and Annelies announce their plans to leave the family home, Alex must face what is troubling him. 

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mrs. Mccutcheon                                                  14 min.

directed by John Sheedy

Having always felt he was born in the wrong body and now at his third school, 10-year-old Tom is having trouble settling in and finding acceptance from his newfound peers - but a school dance is about to revolutionize it all. 

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the cleanse                                                      13 min.

directed by Lucas Omar

Kayden has to complete a Cleanse to join an elite group at school. No food. No sex. Just juice. Let the cravings begin.

program two - saturday, october 6, 8:30 p.m.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT

"Twenty years from now," says Mark Twain, "you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did."  In this program people take the risks, and enjoy (or pay) the consequences.  When they don't, we can see the price immediately.  

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saturday, OCTOBER 6, 2018

5:00 and 8:30 PM

Sunday, OCTOBER 7, 2018

​​​3:00 and 6:30 PM

​​West Hollywood City Council Chambers

625 san vicente blvd. (at melrose)

west hollywood, ca 90069


the jealous sea                                                      13 min.

directed by Reid Waterer

When Carlos discovers pictures his photographer boyfriend took of a nude male model, he becomes engulfed in jealousy.   

the phantasmagoria of offense                        7 min.

The Male Version 

directed by Jess Irish

An animated lyric about the costs of censorship.  

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half a life                                                              12 min.

directed byTamara Shogaolu

A young gay Egyptian has to choose whether to stay in the country he loves, despite open and brutal oppression of everything LGBT. 

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meet the jurors

CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2018

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writhing                                                              13 min.

directed by Robert John Torres

Part work of ethereal realism, part dance film, this contemporary-set short follows a young man facing the probability of an HIV+ diagnosis.

paul                                                                        10 MIN.

directed by Brian Flaccus

When AIDS was new and no one knew very much about it, the fear of contagion could make infected person become a recluse.  Paul visits his pregnant niece at her home, and her entire family has to work to overcome his fear of human contact. 

Advance tickets:

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Festival Pass (all four programs, Oct. 6-7) $35

​MENSWALK members Single Program $7

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intrinsic moral evil                                           10 min.

directed by Harm Weistra

Three dancers weave what seems on the surface to be a tale of identity and coming of age.  But there are deeper levels.  Mesmerizing.


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sweet and sour                                                6 min.

directed by Ann Sun

Wei believes his traditional Chinese mom might disapprove of his boy friend, and only decides to tell her when the BF insists.  He's in for a surprise.  

Advance tickets:

Single Program $10

Festival Pass (all four programs, Oct 6-7) $35

​MENSWALK members Single Program $7

MENSWALK members Festival Pass $25

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Our PRESENT​ING SPONSOR:


BLOCK PARTY is located at

​8853 Santa Monica Blvd.

​West Hollywood CA 90069

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FIRST DAY                                                                   18 min.

directed by Julie Kalceff

It's Hannah's first day of high school.  It's also the first day she'll wear a girl's school uniform and go by her chosen name rather than the boy's name she was given at birth.  

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Advance tickets:

Single Program $10

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

​MENSWALK members Single Program $7

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NIGHT SHIFT                                                          13 min.

directed by Chris Phillips

Two men with an intense shared past find themselves together again, and sparks fly.  



NAT SEGALOFF Nat Segaloff is a journalist, film critic, TV producer, college teacher, and publicist -- but not all at the same time. He has produced television documentaries on Stan Lee, Larry King, John Belushi, and Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop; written fifteen books and monographs including biographies of William Friedkin, Arthur Penn, Stirling Silliphant, Harlan Ellison, John Milius, and Paul Mazursky; and was co-founder, with John de Lancie and Leonard Nimoy, of Alien Voices® to produce science fiction programs with Star Trek® casts. His produced plays include “Closets” and “The Waldorf Conference” (co-author) and he was staff producer for The Africa Channel. His other highly varied credits include a narrative for the Los Angeles Symphony, a quartet of rock ’n’ roll documentaries for The Learning Channel, a documentary on prisons and parole for HBO, and writer (and sometime panelist) for the popular NPR word-game show “Says You!” His biography of Harlan Ellison, A Lit Fuse, is nominated for a Hugo award, and his forthcoming book is Guiding Royalty: My Adventure with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (co-author).

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dragonfire                                                              4 min.

directed by Michelle Ehlen

Award-winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Corday is literally set on fire by the sexy dominatrix Vixen Deville in this steamy rock and roll music video. 

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Our closing night party, immediately after the final screening at the Council Chambers, takes place a couple blocks away at sponsor GYM sportsbar, 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 and begins 9:30 p.m.; Film program starts at 10:00. And don't miss your chance for FABULOUS prizes from the Closing Night Party RAFFLE!

LUNCH WITH JEREMIAH                                           11 min.

directed by Shelton Mack

Two estranged brothers meet for lunch.  Long held secrets come out. The result is not pretty.

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The DARE Project                                               32 min.

directed by Adam Salky; written by David Brind

A rare pair of films, shot 14 years apart.  At 17, Ben was a closeted, outcast teenager who dared to connect with the untouchable Johnny during a champagne-fueled night in a swimming pool. What happened rocked both of their worlds in surprising ways. After high school they never saw each other again. Until now... 

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​8853 Santa Monica Blvd.

​West Hollywood CA 90069

Program three - sunday, october 7, 3:00 p.m.

CAN WE GET ANGRY (AGAIN)?

IT HARDLY SEEMS REAL that just a few short years ago we all thought the future was unambiguously bright after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.  How times have changed.  If all these films do is make you mad, consider yourself lucky. Some of us are downright terrified.  

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girl talk                                                           17 min.

directed by Erica Rose

Why is our heroine crying by the end of this story?  She's had to make a lot of choices, and, well ... it's complicated.

Program one - SATURDAY, october 6 -- 5:00 p.m.

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT



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intrinsic moral evil                                           10 min.

directed by Harm Weistra

Three dancers weave what seems on the surface to be a tale of identity and coming of age.  But there are deeper levels.  Mesmerizing.

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THE SECRET STORY                                              16 min.

How Medical Marijuana was Re-Legalized in the US

directed by Brian Applegarth

The true story of one of our community's genuine heroes, Dennis Peron, who, along with many dedicated supporters, risked incarceration repeatedly in their decades-long campaign to make medical marijuana available to all kinds of ailing people, especially people afflicted with AIDS.  

Luber                                                                  11 min.

directed by Jeff Sumner

It's only a short ride in a car for hire, but it shows Elliot some of the reasons his mother is still sending him greetings on Valentine's Day.  Perhaps if he was more outgoing, like the other passenger sharing his ride, he'd have better luck?

I'M JUST HERE                                                             17  min.

directed by Lara Aslanian

A suicide help line operator is devastated when a young queer girl just gives up during their conversation.   

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Advance tickets:

Single Program $10

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

​MENSWALK members Single Program $7

MENSWALK members Festival Pass $25

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AT BOX OFFICE REGULAR PRICES APPLY

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masks                                                                          22 min.

directed by Mahaliyah Ayla O 

A closeted medical student risks being outed to her family the same evening a masked gunman opens fire at a gay nightclub.  

salamagan                                                             12 min.

directed by Elisa Oh

​​Ana fears that coming out to her Filipino Catholic mother would break her heart.  But when her mother needs help cleaning a hoarder house, Ana enlists her secret girlfriend for the job .


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sam did it                                                         11 min.

directed by Dominic Burgess

Sam is about to meet his celebrity idol.  The only problem is, Sam works in a hospital morgue, and his idol is dead.

THE FIX                                                                       10 min.

directed by Ed Hancox

​Addicted to cocksucking?  When you work at a corn dog restaurant, it's an occupational hazard.

 


Born and raised in Hawaii, ALVIN ING first received his Master in Music Education from Columbia University in New York City.  While there, he got into showbiz as a singer.  His first shows were SOUTH PACIFIC and THE KING AND I.  He was then cast in the first national company of FLOWER DRUM SONG, and went on to be cast in more productions of that show than any other actor, including the revival in 2002.  He played multiple roles in the original production of AMERICAN OVERTURES, including one female character.  He has been in five national touring companies. He also did a lot of television in the 1970s and 80s, including DYNASTY. He was a featured actor in the 2016 film THE GAMBLER, starring Mark Wahlberg.  

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THIS YEAR, THE THEME OF OUR FIRST PROGRAM is a feeling we have all experienced too much of.  DOWN, BUT NOT OUT is a collection of films whose collective lesson is "Don't Give Up!"  Whether it's a transgender student surviving bullying, a social outcast reprising an old almost-relationship, or a boy who simply has to obey the calling of his life muse, perseverance, as the saying goes, furthers. 

faeriefilm                                                                8 min.

directed by Eugene Salandra

Animated history depicting the origin of the Radical Faeries.  It doesn't name names, but the spirit is there.  These guys were around before any of the men's groups we are familiar with today.  

PROGRAM FOUR - SUNDAY, october 7, 6:30 P.M.

THE HIDDEN LANGUAGE


the phantasmagoria of offense                        7 min.

The Male Version 

directed by Jess Irish

An animated lyric about the costs of censorship.  

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