THE BACK ROOM

(short film - TRT: 16:17)


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

Awards

- 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

watching!

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


FESTIVAL MIX MILANO


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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