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Coming of Age

ALT | International Shorts

In the afterglow of sex, a generation gap opens between two men as they struggle to define trust in the age of open marriage and NSA hookups. This delicate two-hander uses a cute age-reversal of a "coming of age" story to touch on a lot of important philosophies and life choices for gay men when a discussion about relationships quickly becomes revealing and educational. This easily could have seemed forced, but the film doesn’t overreach and it’s potency flows very naturally thanks to excellent performances, a smart script and tight direction. "The inspiration for this short film came not only from my own fears and questions about re-entering the dating scene, but also from the deep divide I was hearing in the gay world … I found the struggle and questions extended to the heterosexual world as well. With the only rule being "no rules" and everyone having their own interpretation and permutation of what a relationship is, how do you find someone who’s right for you?"—Doug Tompos

Screens in program Love and Compassion

Canadian premiere
Director Doug Tompos
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2018
Running Time: 8 mins
Format: DCP
Related Links: Official Website
Cast: Adrian Gonzalez, Doug Tompos
Producer: Risa Bramon Garcia, Steve Braun, Doug Tompos
Screenwriter: Doug Tompos
Cinematographer: Nick Cinelli
Editor: Marcus Henderson
Music: Alex Dezen
Production Company: BGB Studio, Fugitive Kind Films
Print Source: Doug Tompos


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