Join me online to watch two short films with a LGBTQ+ theme. Both fictional stories are published as college graduate projects about teenagers coming to terms with being gay.
First love, unrequited feelings: a universal story we all know. These films open not only our minds, but also our hearts.
The projects, although not from a major studio, are great examples of normalisation of queer relationships in film.
HOW TO WATCH
We’ll be using the video syncing website Watch2Gether for our viewing. I will share the link for the room just before we start.
Watch2Gether is a free sharing website that lets us quickly jump into synchronised viewing. No account or browser plugin required.
We can watch the video together in-sync while making comments in the chat window or by turning on audio/video chatting.
“Tomorrow” is a short film produced at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Spring 2014. The film was directed by Leandro Tadashi and stars Daniel Rashid, Zachary Roozen and Katie Baker.
New Year’s Eve 1999 finds college-bound Clark and Trevor concerned about the future of their friendship, and a request for Clark to be Trevor’s wingman ensures things will never be the same again.
Duration: 14 minutes
Spoken language: English
ABOUT IN A HEARTBEAT
“In a Heartbeat” is an animated short by Beth David and Esteban Bravo. The film was a massive success after it was released online in 2017. Within five days it was watched 20 million times.
A shy, middle school boy who struggles coming to terms with being gay, Sherwin, and the most popular boy in school, Jonathan. When their paths cross one day, Sherwin’s heart pop’s out of his chest to chase after the boy of his dreams. Now, Sherwin must chase after his own heart before it reveals his feelings towards Jonathan.
Duration: 4 minutes
Spoken language: None