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USA, 2013, 90 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Gay/Lesbian
Program: The Gay! La "His"

Set in San Franciso in 1985, when AIDS paranoia had reached a fever pitch just as a new test for the retrovirus had come into use, "Test" follows the fortunes of Frankie, the newest member of a fast-rising contemporary dance company, while the growing specter of AIDS is decimating the community around them. Frankie’s an outsider even within the group.

The bitchy choreographer (in one of the film’s clever undertones of wry humor) exhorts him to “dance like a man”, even though the milieu of the choreography is fraught with queer symbolism. When a troupe member falls ill and Frankie is called upon to fill his role things begin to change, and his relationship with a handsome veteran member of the company deepens in unexpected ways.

Writer/director Chris Mason Johnson has created a marvel with this spare, but richly nuanced period piece about love in a time of near-hysteria, and lead Scott Marlowe gives a pitch-perfect performance in the role of the enigmatic young dancer who finds himself tested on many different levels in the course of the story.

- The Advocate

Winner: Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, L.A. Outfest

Filmmaker(s) attending: Writer / Director / Producer, Producer, Actor

DIRECTOR: Chris Mason Johnson
Producer: Chris Mason Johnson, Chris Martin
Editor: Christopher Branca, Chris Mason Johnson, Adam Raponi
Screenwriter: Chris Mason Johnson
Cinematographer: Daniel Marks
Music: Ceiri Torjussen
Principal Cast: Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch, Rory Hohenstein, Kristoffer Cusick, Damon K. Sperber, James Sofranko, Sergio Benvindo
Filmography: The New Twenty (2009)
Print Source: Film Collaborative

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