This quirky and heartfelt film aims to shatter misconceptions about bisexual men

A bisexual man finds comfort ― and a little more than he bargained for ― via an online connection in a quirky and colorful short film.

HuffPost has previewed “Flex,” which will debut online next week as part of the 10th annual Frameline Voices program hosted by the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. Directed by Matt Porter, the film follows Charles (played by actor Charles Gould), a Los Angeles man who feels depressed after an unexpected breakup with his girlfriend (Brianna Baker) before she moves overseas. . Soon, Charles finds himself eager to embrace the larger canvas of his sexuality – which, in his case, includes his interest in men.

In the clip below, Charles is introduced to Alex (Charles Rogers), who he chatted with on a dating app. Whether Charles and Alex will find a lasting romance remains to be seen, but things get off to a bad start.

Take a look at “Flex” below.

Gould, whose acting credits include ‘The Big Sick’ and Netflix series ‘Bonding’, based the ‘Flex’ storyline on his own experiences as a bisexual man, having rarely seen himself reflected in pop culture. .

“The first time I saw a bisexual man on TV was a vampire on ‘True Blood,’ which needless to say didn’t reflect my experience,” he told HuffPost. in an interview. “As a kid, I was attracted to both men and women, and I wasn’t sure what to make of it.”

“I just thought I was weird because I was turned on by Britney [Spears] and the astronaut in the video “Oops! …I Did It Again,’” he continued. “It wasn’t until I grew up and started having sex that I started to understand that there was such a thing as a bisexual person and there were a lot of other bi people in the world.”

“Flex” can be viewed in full here. It will premiere April 14 as one of seven shorts included in the Frameline Voices program, presented via a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Gould hopes Charles and Alex’s story doesn’t end there, as he and Elliot Page are writing and developing a television series based on the film.

“[I’m a] person whose identity has been questioned all his life,” he explained. “I would like to explore bisexuality in Hollywood in the 30s, 40s and 50s. I think there is a great film about a bisexual actor who today finds his place and his identity as we look back on an actor bisexual doing the same in the 1940s.”


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