- Queer Screen Film Feast, Adelaide 2017
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A relatively recent classic, Shelter (2007) centres on Zach (Trevor Wright), who forgoes art school so he can care for his disabled father and help his unreliable older sister, Jeanne raise 5-year-old Cody. When he isn't with his dad, nephew or working as a short-order cook, Zach goes surfing and paints.
He has a girlfriend, Tori and best buddy Gabe, whose brother Shaun (Brad Rowe) comes home to visit. Sharing Zach's passion for surfing, Shaun and Zach become friends. Out beyond the break, their relationship develops, but responsibility, family and now homophobia threatens to stand between Zach and what he wants.
Written and directed by Jonah Markowitz, Shelter was shot in various locations in California over 21 days. It was applauded by critics as an extraordinary coming out story and was voted "Outstanding Film" at the 2007 GLAAD Media Awards.
A big hit when it originally screened at MGFF, Shelter has played at more than 100 film festivals worldwide and still regularly appears near the top of ‘best gay films of all time' polls. Come see it on the big screen and celebrate its tenth anniversary!
"The film captures the beauty, thrill and ache of young love and extracts a casual joy out of the process." – Chicago Tribune
"Shelter rises very high indeed, thanks to a superb performance by Trevor Wright in the lead role, a strong supporting cast, very good cinematography and, most of all, emotional authenticity." – San Francisco Chronicle
"A confused young artist is torn between his family and his future in Shelter, a sensitive romantic drama from the writer and director Jonah Markowitz." – New York Times
Filmmaker guest: director Jonah Markowitz and associate producer Christopher Panizzon