Getting Familiar: Gay Shorts

Love, lust, and longing define these shorts about gay intimacy and romance, ranging from one-night stands to life-long commitments. From wistful remembrances of pre-internet cruising, to navigating the world through a gay dating app, these stories showcase the profundity of gay love and connection. In HARD a lover goes soft while getting hot and heavy, but this performance anxiety leads to something much deeper. EDEN romantically tells the story of Adam and Eve from a gay perspective, while in VALIENTE (BRAVE), a man overcomes his anxiety to disclose his HIV status to the perfect date. IN[APP]LICABLE finds a man moving from a small town to the big city, using a dating app as his guide. After a car accident, a strained couple attempts to mend their relationship in BRUISED FRUIT TASTES SWEETER. GETTING CLOSER explores the intimacy and silliness that comes from getting stoned and fooling around. In PERSONALS a strange encounter at a glory hole leads to an unexpected connection, while STEPHEN & JAMES: BEST GIRLFRIENDS features two gay men reminiscing about a bygone era of cruising, long before dating apps.

Available to stream worldwide.


Community Co-Presenter:

Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Inc.

Chicago’s not-for-profit center for the Spanish language and cultural exchange celebrating 25 years (1996-2021) creating change through the arts and education in Illinois, and worldwide for 30 years. 

In this program


Directed by Christian Jacob Ramon

An unexpected bout of performance anxiety throws a wrench into the plans of two men on their first…


Directed by Tavo Ruiz

A queer retelling of Adam and Eve for modern times. A visually striking story about first love situated…

Valiente (Brave)

Directed by Miguel Melo

When Victor’s partner arrives at his house for what seems to be a perfect date, he finds the…


Directed by Cam Owen

After moving from small-town Louisiana to New Orleans, Ted navigates the city using a dating app.

Bruised Fruit Tastes Sweeter

Directed by Jake Kolton

After a roadside accident a couple tries to mend their fragile relationship.

Getting Closer

Directed by Ethan Roberts

Two stoned boyfriends navigate unexpected vulnerability (as well as the giggles) while attempting to get off.


Directed by Sasha Argirov

When an encounter at a glory hole sparks an unexpected connection, two socially anxious loners must risk vulnerability…

Stephen & James: Best Girlfriends

Directed by Dave Quantic

A love-letter to a New York City in the not-too-distant past where the only apps were served before…

Dates & Times
Landmark Theater

Sun, Sep 26
6:30 pm