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The Works Of Jake Graf: Breakthrough Award

by Roger Walker-Dack
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Sep 4, 2018
'The Works Of Jake Graf: Breakthrough Award'
'The Works Of Jake Graf: Breakthrough Award'  

This film is appearing in aGLIFF in Austin, TX. https://www.agliff.org/

Brit trans filmmaker/actor/activist Jake Graf is being honoured by The All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) with a Breakthrough Award Screening that will show four of his films.

For the past seven years, 40-year-old Graf has been making short films dealing with transgender issues in an effort to normalize queer and trans experiences for a wider, more mainstream audience. They have all been very enthusiastically received around the globe, and the most recent one DUSK, has picked up a staggering 29 Awards from Film Festivals.

The four being screened at AGLIFF are: 

BRACE (2015) This is a highly-spirited, well produced drama that packs a lot into its 30 minutes, as it skillfully deals with acceptance, rejection, prejudice and deception and queer identity.

After coming out and leaving his girlfriend, Adam dreams of finding acceptance within London's gay scene. With the luck of a beginner, he very quickly meets young handsome Rocky, who he is immediately attracted to. However, before they can take this potential relationship to the next stage, Rocky desperately wants to share a dark secret that he has been harboring for so long. Before he can get to do this, fate intervenes in the shape of some gay bashing thugs, and things turn out in a way that neither of them ever suspected.

CHANCE (2015) This gentlest of movies explores an unlikely romance between two men living in London. Recently bereaved chubby Trevor is adrift after the death of his wife until he meets Amir, who is going through similar emotions. These two men from very different backgrounds simply fall in love after a casual meeting in a park.

DAWN (2016) When two lonely strangers meet at an isolated bus stop in the dark hours of early morning and strike up a conversation, they both reveal their unhappiness. As they skirt around their problems, there is a commonality in their sadness that draws them to each other. They share a moment of tenderness and understanding in a way that only strangers can do, and by the time the first bus of the day arrives they have bonded so that there is no need to even verbalize about the pain of the night, and the days, that preceded this chance encounter.

DUSK (2017) Growing up in the UK in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit in the gender roles dictated by a rigid society. A more-than-tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie and life lightens a little. But the growing feeling that his is a life half lived taunts Chris, who is tormented by What Ifs? Chris imagines what might have been, and is finally struck by the realization that for some decisions there is no right answer, and it is those that truly define us. 

Roger Walker-Dack, a passionate cinephile, is a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster and the author/editor of three blogs. He divides his time between Miami Beach and Provincetown.


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