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(short film - TRT: 16:17)

Two strangers uncover astonishing connections as they search for a mysterious Renaissance painting.


- LOGO TV’s The Click List: Best in Short Film - Season 8: “BEST OF THE BEST (Romance)”
- LOGO TV’s The Click List: Best in Short Film - Season 7: “BEST SHORT”
- Vermont Cineslam’s “Teddy Bear Audience Award: BEST MALE SHORT”
- Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s Audience Award: “BEST MALE SHORT”
- Rhode Island International Film Festival: “ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD”
- DIGIT 2009 Digital Media Exhibition: “EXCELLENCE IN STORYTELLING” Prize
- 2008 Iris Prize: FINALIST


Director's Statement

The Back Room is a love letter of sorts, dedicated to the two great romances of my life: Florence, Italy, and Michael, my partner of 18 years.


I met the former in 1990 as a young art student, and like so many Americans throughout the centuries, quickly claimed its ochre walls and abundant art as my own. I embraced some of its best-held secrets, from Santo Spirito’s perfectly blank façade, to Jacopo Pontormo’s heart breaking, unheralded High Renaissance paintings and frescoes. Our affair lasted a full school year, and when we parted ways I was red-eyed and miserable for weeks.


I fell for the latter in 1996 during graduate school and we’ve been together ever since. After years of bragging about my first love, Florence, I finally brought Michael there to see what all the fuss was about in 2005. It was at the moment I introduced him to my favorite Florentine painting, Pontormo’s “The Transportation of Christ,” that I knew this relationship would last, as Michael burst into tears as I had done fifteen years before, his breath needing to be caught as mine had all those years ago.


I wrote The Back Room upon our return from Italy. It’s about the power of art to connect disparate people, to touch strangers and scratch an itch within them they didn’t know existed.


Thanks so much for


Official Screenings


Out in the Desert, Tucson, AZ

KASHISH – Mumbai Interanational Queer Film Festival, Mumbai, India

CINEMAROSA – Queens Museum of Art, NY

International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Modesto, CA

QueerFilmFest Rostock 2010, Rostock, Germany

NewFilmmakers, NY, NY

Golden Woofs Film Festival, Adelaide, Australia

PERLEN 2009 - Hannovers lesbisch-schwules Filmfest

Vermont Bear Film Festival

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Vermont Cineslam

DIGIT 2009 Digital Media Exhibition, NY


FilmOut San Diego

Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Seattle International Film Festival

Out Takes Film Festival, New Zealand

Delray Beach Film Festival

Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival

Boston LGBT Film Festival

Tropical Alternative Film Festival, Cairns, Australia

Pink Apple Film Festival, Zürich & Fraunfeld, Switzerland

Bendigo Queer Film Festival, Bendigo, Australia

Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival

Festival Mix Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil

Reeling 2008: The 27th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival

Backyard Short Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA

2008 Iris Prize, Cardiff, Wales

Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge, England

Palm Springs International Shortfest

Providence Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Rhode Island International Film Festival

Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

OUTFEST - The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Provincetown International Film Festival

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