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Saturday, June 21st

Upstairs at 8:30 PM

Shelter
(2007, 89 min)

Country: US

Director: Jonah Markowitz

Studio: Here!, Genius Entertainment

SYNOPSIS:
Surfer dudes fall in love and find a "happily ever after" ending in this sweet and sexy Southern California romance.

REVIEW:

We're not sure which is the bigger news here, the reappearance of sexy Brad Rowe (Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss), the gorgeous flesh on display or the simply elegantly pure love story that is Shelter.

Zach (Wright) has put his art school ambitions on hold to take care of his nephew Cody while his sister Jeanne (Tina Holmes, "Six Feet Under" fans will recognize instantly) "dates" a variety of men. Zach is holding down a diner job, riding the waves and frequently watching out for his young charge. Zach's buddy Gabe (Thomas) has some big news, his big brother Shaun (Rowe) has come home from L.A. While it's no secret that Shaun is gay, no one knows that Zach has a major crush on the thirtysomething man. He's read his novels and longed to experience man love with his best bud's older brother.

While it takes a half hour till their first kiss, it's well worth the wait! There are so many obstacles to their romance; the kid nephew, Zach's closet mentality, and Shaun's desire to move back to L.A.

Coming from Here! the folks who bring us the torrid "Dante's Cove," Shelter is a gentler tale. This is a film filled with superlative writing, first-class acting and some sweet tender gay moments.

-- Scott Cranin