›› Walk with Me ‹‹

a short film by Hazart.

2016 | 15 mins | US.

an enchanting cinematic ode to romance.

Dave says:

Written and directed by Kyle Hasday and Matt Stewart working under the collective name of Hazart, this is but an enchanting cinematic ode to romance.

And it all begins with lonesome Eric (Grant Jordan) out walking his dog Harvey, only to bump into the sexually confident Ryan (Evan Todd). Staring into each other's eyes for that second longer than a casual glance, Ryan on the spur of the moment asks Eric to "walk with me" on the pretence of going to a show. In reality, it's an opportunity for two strangers to get to know each other and perhaps, something more?

In short, this is a work that focuses on the dilemma of whether or not to throw caution to the wind and take the risk of being hurt in getting to know someone who could, or could not turn out to be the love of your life. Staged for the main part as a two-man play and filmed in downtown Los Angeles, frankly, there's a lot to like here. And the fact that the boys get down to some passionate man-on-man lip-service only adds to the romantic feel of a work that finds the Hazart boys thankfully not leaving the narrative unresolved.

As somewhat expected, Jordan is wonderfully sweet as Eric; namely a man more obsessed with contemplating his future, than living in the present and yet it's Evan Todd who frankly steals the show as seemingly carefree Ryan, only for the seven years later postscript to shine the light on who ultimately took a chance on love. A pure delight.

›› available as part of the NEW QUEER VISIONS catalogue: THE MALE GAZE - FIRST KISS shorts compilation.
›› posted: Tuesday, 4th January, 2022.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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