The Philadelphia-set "What Happens Next" (Wolfe) begins with Paul Greco (Jon Lindstrom), retiring, or as he puts it, "cashing it all in after 30 years." At his retirement party, his controlling sister Elise (Wendie Malick) presents him with a French bulldog puppy to give him something to do with all of his free time.
After naming the dog Mrs. Greco and hiring a perky dog trainer, Paul begins the new routine of taking the dog for a walk in Rittenhouse Square. It's there he meets gay copywriter Andy (Chris Murrah), who is there with his dog Bean. The unlikely duo strikes up a friendship and before you can say, "coming out party," the notoriously single and sexless Paul finds himself attracted to Andy. From there, the pair navigates the treacherous waters of sex, love and public displays of affection.
Additionally, uptight and conservative Elise thinks she has to come to terms with the lifestyle choice of her son Brian (Ariel Shafir). He's coming out to her as an artist, but she suspects he's gay (he's not). Andy's best friend Roz (Natalia Cigliuti) just so happens to run the gallery where Brian is about to have his first big show. Andy is also active in PFLAG and there are times when "What Happens Next" feels like an extended promotional video for the (wonderful) organization. Sweet as it can be, "What Happens Next" is simply not funny or sexy enough for it to rank among the great gay romantic comedies of recent years (see "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" or "Adam & Steve"). DVD bonus features include a handful of deleted scenes and more.
Philadelphia-based gay filmmaker Robert Gaston ("Open Cam," "2 Minutes Later") goes for a change of location with his latest film "The Flight of the Cardinal" (Waterbearer). Set at a mountain lodge in North Carolina, "The Flight of the Cardinal" is Gaston's take on the psychological thriller.
Grady (Ross Beschler), an actor-turned-innkeeper is still trying to settle in to his new career and life in the country. Friends and co-investors in the lodge, Karen (Claire Bowerman), Rye (Jeremy Marr Williams) and Grady's ex-boyfriend Andy (Matthew Montgomery) are coming from New York for a visit; partly to check on the post-suicide attempt Grady and partly to check on their investment. They become concerned for Grady almost immediately, due to his erratic behavior and questionable health.
What they don't know is that townie Beetle (David J. Bonner) is responsible. Under the guise of helping out at the lodge, Beetle has been messing with Grady's meds, replacing his antidepressants with something else. Turns out, Beetle has a history of such behavior. Add to that his ability to manipulate every situation in his favor and you have a trailer trash version of Eve Harrington. Beetle isn't helping out so much as he's helping himself. As low budget thrillers go, this one has a few thrills, but some of the performances are questionable and the cardinal never really takes flight. DVD special features include a behind-the-scenes photo gallery, music video and more.