Short Films Tap Into Male Psyche

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“Get Out Fast” director Haley Elizabeth Anderson.

From confronting parents and handling peer pressure to falling in love, feeling alienated and dealing with death, these coming-of-age stories are universal — examining emotions and behavior at pivotal life moments and times of personal crisis.

Boys and young men are not immune.

On Friday, September 28, the Parrish Art Museum will present a program of short films by an international group of young filmmakers that address poignant, emotionally charged moments in male lives, curated by filmmaker Jack Kendrick.

“We’re living in a moment of heightened consciousness regarding gender politics, raising many interesting questions, including: What role will boys play in shaping the social fabric of the 21st century?” Kendrick said in a press release.

As a thesis student in the graduate film program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Kendrick came across new, interesting works from his fellow film students that explore aspects of male sensitivity, masculinity and boyhood, he explained, from Mexico/Japan and India to Ireland, Denmark and the United States.

The films featured in “Boys Do Cry” will include “Corazón Dormido” directed by Alejandro Miyashiro; “Get Out Fast” by Haley Elizabeth Anderson; “Honey Bee,” which director Jack Kendrick shot on the East End;  “I Was In Your Blood” by Joseph Sackett (USA); and “Man of The House” by Jall Cowasji. Three additional films by Rashad Frett, Ciarán Maginn and Marcus Nøhr will also screen.

“I am thrilled to present such a timely and thoughtful program by emerging filmmakers who invite us to take a closer look at young men’s perceptions of themselves, their family, their peers and the society they grow up in,” said Corinne Erni, senior curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, who will participate in a talkback with some of the filmmakers following the program.

“Boys Do Cry” will begin at 6 p.m. at the Water Mill museum, located at 279 Montauk Highway. Admission is $12 and free for members, children and students. For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.

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