opening in select theaters and on demand on June 6, 2014!
Outfest (Winner: Two Grand Jury Prizes (Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature & Outstanding Screenwriting) * Berlinale NewFest * London BFI Film Festival * Cleveland International Film Festival * Frameline * Seattle International Film Festival Palm Springs International Film Festival * Guadalajara Film Festival * Taipei International Film Festival
“A film of rare electriticy and intelligence… If there was ever a contemporary film that illuminates why queer cinema still matters, this is it.”
— Matthew Connolly, Film Comment
“A vibrant period piece with a genuinely likable love story at the center of the action… If [Howard] Hawks were alive today and responsive to changing sexual mores, he might well be tickled by the romantic dynamic of Test.”
— Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
“One of the strongest entries in this year’s [Newfest]… already been compared to Bill Sherwood’s 1986 film Parting Glances. Today that film is widely regarded as a landmark of gay cinema.”
— Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“With a delightful feel for period detail, Johnson takes us to San Francisco, circa 1985… Filled with gorgeous all-male ensemble dance numbers, Test is a slow build, but deeply rewarding.”
— Chuck Wilson, LA Weekly
TEST releases in select theaters and on demand on June 6, 2014!
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Director & Writer: Chris Mason Johnson
Cast: Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch, Kristoffer Cusick, Katherine Wells, Damon Sperber, Kevin Clarke, Rory Hohenstein, Myles Thatcher, Evan Boomer, Sergio Benvindo, James Sofranko
Produced By: Chris Mason Johnson, Chris Martin
Choreographer: Sidra Bell
Distributor: Variance Films
Run Time: 89 minutes
Set in the free-spirited San Francisco of 1985, TEST lovingly portrays this exciting and harrowing era as young Frankie (dancer Scott Marlowe in a breakout acting debut) confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance company where he’s taunted to “dance like a man!” Frankie embarks on a budding relationship with Todd (Matthew Risch, HBO’s “Looking”), a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie’s innocent. As Frankie and Todd’s friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk – it’s the early years of the epidemic – but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief.
The captivating dance sequences were especially choreographed for the film by acclaimed U.S. choreographer Sidra Bell, and the film’s vibrant soundtrack includes work by ’80s icons Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat), Klaus Nomi, Romeo Void, Laurie Anderson, Martha and the Muffins, Cocteau Twins and Sylvester.