Saturday, May 25, 2013

Movie Series: Ryce and Benja in Shelter

Directed and written in 2007 by first-time director Jonah Markowitz, this independent film is a gay love story between Zach (Trevor Wright) and Shaun (Brad Rowe), two lost men who finally found the true love.

Zach is an aspiring artist living in San Pedro, California, who has put off his dreams of going to art school in order to work and help his older sister Jeanne (Tina Holmes), his disabled father, and his five-year-old nephew Cody (Jackson Wurth). Working as a short-order cook to make ends meet, Zach escapes during his free time to paint, draw murals, surf, and hang out with his best friend Gabe (Ross Thomas).

When Gabe’s older brother Shaun comes back home from Los Angeles for a few weeks, Zach and Shaun develop a close friendship surfing together. Shaun, who is a published writer, encourages Zach to take control of his life and pursue his ambition of going to CalArts, a large university of the arts. One night, after drinking, Shaun and Zach shared a kiss, and Zach must face reality and start taking decisions.

The movie won in 2007:
  • Best New Director and Favorite Narrative Feature, at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
  • People's Choice Award for Best Feature, at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
  • Best Actor (Trevor Wright) and Audience Award for Best Cinematography (Joseph White), at the Tampa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
  • Special Award for first-time director, at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
  • Best film, at the Dallas OUT TAKES.
  • HBO Outstanding First Dramatic Feature (Jonah Markowitz), at the Outfest.
  • Audience Choice Award for Best Feature, at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Also won in 2009 for Outstanding film, at the GLAAD Media Awards. 

Thanks Bock for your suggestion!

1 comment:

  1. You're ever so welcome, my friend! I am happy you liked it too ;)