Facing Fear

Expected to attend: Director Casper Andreas (A LAST FAREWELL); Editor Russell Smith (BEING STAVROS); Actor/Producer Jake Graf & Co-director Alicya Eyo (BRACE); Director Jason Cohen & Editor/Producer Tom Christopher (FACING FEAR)
Fear comes in many sizes and takes on many faces; it can paralyze and define a person for a lifetime. This intensely moving program of shorts delves bravely into the ways in which people face their fears, and how this act can be a source of liberation and forgiveness.

In a bid to find true love at age 32, 420-pound Stavros enters the Mr. Gay UK beauty pageant—and things don’t go as anyone plans, in Being Stavros. An aging author faces the impossible task of moving on and finding peace in the wake of a devastating loss in Last Farewell. Exiting a midnight showing of The Wiz, a black gay male couple argues about the degree of “outness” in their relationship, when they are suddenly attacked, but the tables get turned in this beautifully shot examination of homophobia in The Bash. In Brace—a gritty, contemporary, romantic drama set in London—Adam meets Rocky, a handsome and mysterious drifter. Silence abounds until one explosive night changes everything. A ten-year-old tomboy grapples with her loyalty to her trusted older brother and the need to stand up for herself in Bombshell. And in Facing Fear, an Oscar®-nominated short documentary, the worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime collide by chance 25 years later.

— Kevin Schaub

This film contains graphic depictions of homophobic violence.

Sponsor: KQED

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