Something Real

Spend your afternoon at the Castro Theatre with this wondrous collection of documentary short films about talented gay men and their art of music. You will be delighted by these gifted musicians and the filmmakers who captured their careers. Trevor Anderson’s The Man That Got Away tells the true-life story of Trevor's great-uncle Jimmy in six original songs, and features local legend, Connie Champagne. In Mark Bunyan: Very Nearly Almost Famous, we explore the life of the co-founder of the Pink Singers, Mark Bunyan, who spent the ‘70s and ‘80s performing his original songs alongside the likes of Sandie Shaw, Billy Connolly, and Tom Robinson. Something Real is a celebrity-packed short with a musical twist about the West Hollywood bar scene. This film is a first collaboration between acclaimed director Guy Shalem, Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), and five-time Grammy Award-winning producer, composer, and lyricist, Mervyn Warren. Open Letter is about the affirming online reaction to hip hop singer-songwriter Frank Ocean’s coming out. Lastly, Greg Sirota directed several lush videos of staged recording sessions with popular singer-songwriter Matt Alber and the Cello Street Quartet of San Francisco; these sumptuous videos are connected by behind-the-scenes interviews with Matt and the Quartet in Matt Alber With Strings Attached.

— K.C. PRICE

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