The Green (90 minutes): Directed by Steven Williford. Saturday, 3 p.m., Carver Theatre A drama teacher leaves New York City for a quiet life in Connecticut with his boyfriend, but he’s accused of inappropriate behavior by a male student. No review copy was available, but Bridget Fonger at www. themortonreport.com says The Green “is expertly crafted and edited.”
ECupid (90 minutes): Written and directed by J.C. Calciano. Saturday, 4:20 p.m., Alabama Power Auditorium.
A young guy is tired of his boyfriend.
He downloads an app called eCupid that connects him to willing hunks. So, you ask, does ECupid then become a non-stop fuckfest? No. We have to buy a cup of java from Morgan Fairchild and learn a life lesson. Short film: “Oh My God” (Federico Calabuig).
Bite Marks, SHOUT After Dark (84 minutes): Written and directed by Mark Bessenger. Saturday, 9:20 p.m., RMTC Cabaret Theatre.
A trucker with a load of coffins picks up a hitchhiking gay couple, but his truck breaks down and vampires emerge from the coffins.
Oops! The picture mixes horror, self-referential jokes and (a little) soft-core gay sex.
SHOUT Secret Screening: Sunday, 12:25 p.m., Alabama Loft.
Who knows what secrets await you in this screening? We don’t.
The Wise Kids (90 minutes): Written and directed by and co-starring Stephen Cone. Sunday, 3:05 p.m., RMTC Cabaret Theatre.
This Southern coming-of-age story set in a Baptist church follows three friends as they graduate from high school and face adulthood—Brea, a preacher’s daughter with religious doubts; Laura, a devout believer; and Tim, who is confronting his homosexuality. The Wise Kids is a well-acted ensemble drama. Short: “Alone” (Russell Sheaffer). Recommended.
Agile (Good Boy) (61 minutes): Directed by Audrey Villiard. Saturday, 10:15 a.m., Hill Event Center Canadian filmmaker Villiard spent a year following her older sister, who’s living with her girlfriend, building a house and fighting a weight problem while training for dog-agility competitions with her Aussie Shepherd. This is an engaging, deceptively simple film. Shorts: “Touch” (Amanda McEwan & Emma Higgins); “When Judith Met Theo” (Penelope Knockout).
This is What Love in Action Looks Like (73 minutes): Directed by Morgan Jon Fox. Saturday, 12:40 p.m., Alabama Loft.
SHOUT alum Fox tells the story of the young people and gay activists in Memphis, Tenn., who launched a series of protests when a teenage boy was sent against his will to a Christian counseling program that promised to help gays go straight. The film shows the cost of young people being forced to change their lives due to superstitions. Fox is part of the film collaborative Sawed-Off Productions. Short: “Suffocation” (Nick Lieberman). Recommended
Wish Me Away, SHOUT Spotlight Screening (96 minutes): Directed by Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf. Saturday, 7:05 p.m., RMTC Cabaret Theatre.
The first is Wish Me Away, the story of Chely Wright, the first country-music star to come out as gay. No review copy was avail able, but the film won prizes at festivals in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
I Am (71 minutes): Written and directed by Sonali Galati: Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Hill Event Center I Am describes lesbian filmmaker Galati’s journey home to Delhi after 11 years to re-open the family home and confront the death of her mother, to whom she never came out. The film is beautifully photographed with nice editing by Anupama Chandra. Short: “Our Wedding” (Marka Mayberry- Gaulke). Recommended
Hit So Hard, SHOUT Closing Night (103 mins): Directed by P. David Ebersole; written by Ebersole and Todd Hughes. Sunday, 5:10 p.m., Carver Theatre.
This is the story of Patty Schemel, the gay drummer of Courtney Love’s rock band Hole.
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Jesse Chambers is a contributing writer at Birmingham Weekly and B-Metro magazine. Send your comments to email@example.com.