Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival presents 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.
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