With Outfest kicking off this week at the historic Orpheum downtown, HIH is sampling what the annual film festival has to offer this year (its 30th, and not a single wrinkle).
First up is Something Real, written and directed by Guy Shalem.
For anyone familiar with the flashy gauntlet that is the West Hollywood bar scene, this short will not only tickle your fancy -- it will slap it silly, tug at those heartstrings, and resonate with your hopelessly romantic side. What starts out as a poignant, boy-leaves-boy tale full of heartbreak and longing soon turns into a hilarious musical of sorts (the music and lyrics are courtesy of Mervyn Warren and Avenue Q's Jeff Marx).
Actor Tony Tripoli (left) with Drew Droege.
The film's bar scene is chock-full of familiar faces as well. From comedian Drew Droege to Suburgatory's Rex Lee to Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch to the fabulous Miss Coco Peru, Something Real is a venerable who's-who of comedic actors. All of the performers appear to have a ball voicing the insecurities and opinions many of us are guilty of hiding in between cocktail-fueled glances ("If people were putting money in my shorts, I would smile").
Check out (and like) the film's Facebook page, and be sure to catch it at the festival (July 15 at 1:30pm in front of Elliot Loves, and July 18 at 10pm in the Musical Shorts showcase). Both screenings will take place at the DGA in Theater 1 on Sunset Blvd.
- Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho)