Shelter
USA, 2007, 97 minutes, HD
Home is where you least expect to find it
Shelter Synopsis

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach works dead-end jobs to support his sister and her son. Questioning his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe. When Gabe's older brother returns home for the summer, Zach suddenly finds himself drawn into a relationship he didn't expect.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
For a directorial debut this is an impressive film that  stars Trevor Wright as Zach and Brad Rowe as Shaun, the gay lovers.  However, unlike some of the gay films... more
For a directorial debut this is an impressive film that  stars Trevor Wright as Zach and Brad Rowe as Shaun, the gay lovers.  However, unlike some of the gay films I've seen lately which showed a lot of nudity and sex this one focuses more on the relationship and the emotions of the characters.  Aside from the romance another issue being tackled here is Zach's inner desire to follow his dream of becoming an artist. I noticed that the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the L.A. Harbor figured prominently in this film and the artworks are impressive, which are said to be the works of L.A. artist Ryan Graeff.  Musical scoring was also commendable, with some original music featured in the soundtrack by Shane McAnally (Shane Mack) a Grammy award winning singer and songwriter. This movie caught the attention of viewers and critics alike and won various awards from filmfests like LA Outfest, Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, among others. Heartwarming and poignant movie that's worth the watch! 
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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
There are impressive art works  and soundtrack in this movie and then there's a very genuine story within about love between two men, a young man's devotion to his family... more
There are impressive art works  and soundtrack in this movie and then there's a very genuine story within about love between two men, a young man's devotion to his family and of family relationships, as well. This may be a low-budgeted movie but the scenic views of the beach, the waves and the cityscapes made up for a great cinematography.  The lead characters gave impressive performances; Trevor Wright as Zach fits the role of a person who has to give up personal goals to care for his immediate family but also a person conflicted of his sexuality.  Brad Rowe as Shaun was commendable and his character complimented well with that of Zach. This is a joy to watch and a very commendable directorial debut for Director Jonah Markowitz. Worth checking out! 
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  • engrossing to watch and one gets to appreciate the story of how two persons who've known each other since they were kids suddenly discover surprising feelings for each one.

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