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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Succulent Shorts: Savor the Sweetness

97 mins


Change, discrimination and loneliness can be pretty big hurdles when trying to start a relationship off on the right foot. These shorts, chronicling everything from a sexy yet cynical club-goer (FURIOUS ST. JACK & OTTER, ALONE) to a tentative high school student with a crush (BITTERSWEET), can teach us a little something about how we are all capable of finding love in a hopeless place.

In This Program

  1. Bittersweet

    Allen Martsch / USA / 2015 / 4 mins
    An anxious high schooler scrambles to retrieve a love note accidentally sent to the boy he has a crush on.

  2. Closets

    Lloyd Eyre Morgan / UK / 2015 / 18 mins
    Henry, a tormented 16-year-old boy, finds a time-bridge between 1986 and the present through his own closet.

  3. Furious Saint Jack & Otter, Alone

    Ethan Roberts / USA / 2014 / 6 mins
    A lonely young man rhythmically narrates his leap from isolation to ecstasy when he meets a beautiful stranger at a bar.

  4. Golden

    Kai Stänicke / Germany / 2015 / 3 mins
    A tale of being different, and one of growing up.

  5. The Necklace

    Lorenzo Caproni / Italy / 2014 / 11 mins
    A shy courier arrives earlier than expected, cultivating a connection between himself and a charming photographer.

  6. No Strings

    Eoin Maher / UK / 2015 / 23 mins
    After sharing a night of no-strings-attached sex, two men find themselves wrapped in a layer of intimacy, oddly comforted by the disarming pillow-talk of a stranger.

  7. Noam

    Boaz Foster / Israel / 2015 / 15 mins
    Boy meets boy at tryouts for the school play in this sweet tale of first love and coming out.

  8. Raisonnable

    André Pelletier / Canada / 2015 / 16 mins
    Yannick finds ripples in his pleasant, quiet existence when his mother accidentally discovers his involved love life.