TECHNICAL

DIFFICULTIES
OF INTIMACY (2015)

 
Screenwriter, Director, 
Co-Editor: Joel Moffett
 
Short film (19 minutes)
 
Producers: Grace Lim, Ajax Maharlika, Paisley Mares, Samantha Meno, Reynolds Lee Barney 

 

Synopsis: Starring world-renowned queer icon Buck Angel, Technical Difficulties of Intimacy is about a man and a woman, who try to salvage their romantic relationship by exploring new sexual horizons.

 

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TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES OF INTIMACY has been licensed by OUTtv, CVS and HERE TV for broadcast throughout Europe
and North America.

 

Awards:

Best Short - URSULA Gender Bender Award

-Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg International Queer Film Festival (Germany)

Best Short

-CINHOMO International
LGBT Film Festival (Spain)

Best Narrative Short

-Big Muddy Film Festival (USA)

Best Short

-Vues D’en face: Festival International du film Gay et Lesbien de Grenoble (France)

Best Short

-Feminist and Queer International Film Festival (Romania)

The Golden Pelican
for Best Dramatic Short

-Mykonos Biennale (Greece)

 

The Frank Kameny Memorial Award:

Best Comedy Short Film

-San Antonio QFest (USA)

 

The Christine Jorgensen Memorial

Award for Best Transgender Performance:

Mariana Marroquin

-San Antonio QFest (USA)

Silver Remi Award

-World Fest Houston (USA)

Best Production Design Winner
(Meg Hanna)

Best Costume Design Nomination (Whitney Oppenheimer)

-Southampton International
Film Festival (UK)

Award of Merit

-Accolade Global Film Competition (USA)

 

Honorable Mention

-ColorTape International Film Festival (Australia)

Award of Merit

-Best Shorts Competition (USA)

Finalist

-Fade In Awards (USA)

 

Award of Merit

-IndieFEST Film Awards (USA)

Fourth Place - Romantic Drama

-The 20th Anniversary Indie Gathering International Film Festival (USA)

Best Production Design Winner

(Meg Hanna)

Best Screenplay Nomination

(Joel Moffett)

Best Actress Nomination

(Mariana Marroquin)

-Maverick Movie Awards (USA)

Award of Excellence for:
Best Short Comedy
Best Direction
Best Editing
Best Screenwriting
Best Acting

-Depth of Field International

Film Festival (USA)

Best Comedy / Dramedy Nomination

-LA Independent Film Awards (USA)

Nominee

-Toronto International
Film and Video Awards (Canada)

1st Runner Up: Best LGBT Short

-Sandbar International Film Awards (UK)

Special Jury Award

-KASHISH Mumbai International 
Queer Film Festival

Festival Screenings:

Boston LGBT Film Festival

World Premiere (USA), April 2015

 

CINHOMO International LGBT

Film Festival (Spain), April 2015

 

OUTVIEW: Athens Gay and Lesbian

Film Festival (Greece), May 2015

 

The Tel Aviv LGBT

International Film Festival (Israel),
June 2015

 

Palm Springs International

Short Film Festival (USA), June 2015

 

Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (South Africa), June 2015

 

Mykonos Biennale (Greece), July 2015

La Otra Banqueta (Guatamala), July 2015

IMPERFECTU: International Film
and Gender Studies Festival (Mexico),
July 2015

 

University Film and Video Association Conference Screening (USA),
August 2015

 

Reel Affirmations: Washington DC International LGBT Film Festival (USA),

August 2015

 

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian
Film Festival (USA), August 2015

 

Breckenridge Film  Festival (USA), September 2015

 

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival (USA),

September 2015

 

North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (USA), September 2015

New Filmmakers New York (USA), September 2015

Meta-Queerfest (Belarus),
September 2015

Oslo/Fusion Film Festival (Norway), September 2015

Depth of Field International Film Festival (USA), September 2015

Festival de Cine al Carrete:
Reel Film Festival (Colombia),
September 2015

MICGenero Muestra International De Cine con Perspectiva de Genero-Hepatia Arguero Mendoza – Programacion / Genderlab (Mexico), September 2015

 

Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg - International Queer Film Festival (Germany), October 2015

 

Festival Internacional Del Cortometraje “FIC” Buenos Aires, (Argentina)

October 2015

 

Minneapolis Underground Film Festival (USA), October 2015

 

Out On Film: Atlanta LGBT Film Festival (USA), October 2015

 

Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (USA), October 2015

 

TampaBay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
(USA), October 2015

Southampton International Film Festival (UK), October 2015

Porn Film Festival Berlin
(Germany), October 2015

Q Film Festival (Indonesia), October 2015

 

Florence Queer Festival
(Italy), November 2015

 

Hawaii International Film Festival (USA), November 2015

 

9th For Rainbow – Festival of The Sexual Diversity Culture and Film (Brazil), November 2015

 

Fringe! Queer & Arts Festival London (UK), November 2015

 

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (USA), November 2015

 

Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de la Diversidad Social (Mexico), November 2015

 

CONFERÊNCIA INTERNACIONAL SSEX BBOX & MIX BRASIL - part of 23rd Mix Brasil Festival of Diversity (Brazil),

November 2015

Feminist and Queer International Film Festival (Romania), November 2015

Holebikort LGBT Film Festival (Netherlands), November 2015

Crystal Palace International Film Festival (UK), November 2015

International LGBT Film Festival El Lugar Sin Limites (Ecuador), November 2015

The Queer Film Festival at Oldenburg (Germany), November 2015

Big Pride Los Angeles Film Festival (USA), November 2015

 

Cheries-Cheris 21th Paris Gay Lesbian Trans Film Festival (France),

December 2015

International Queer & Migrants Film Festival Amsterdam (Netherlands), December 2015

Paris Independent Film Festival (France), December 2015

Great Lakes International
Film Festival (USA), December 2015

Directors Circle of Shorts
Film Festival (USA), December 2015

Blow Up Film Festival: Chicago Int. Arthouse Film Festival (USA),
December 2015

Fish & Chips Film Festival- Turin (Italy), January 2016

Leipzig LGBT Film Festival (Germany), January 2016

Gay Ski Week of the Alpe du Grand Serre Ski Station (France), January 2016

Festival International du film Gay et Lesbien de Grenoble (France),

January 2016

Ongelooflijk Genieten Symposium in Utrecht (Netherlands), January 2016

In ShortFilm Festival & Fringe! Present Love+ (London, UK)
February 2016

Brisbane Queer Film Festival (Australia),
February 2016

La Fete du Slip: Gender and Sexuality Film Festival (Switzerland),
March 2016

Queer Film Festival Munchen City
Kinos - Sonnesnstr (Germany),
April 2016

Big Muddy Film Festival (USA),
April 2016

Cine Kink Film Festival, NY (USA),
April 2016

SENE Southeast New England Film, Music and Arts Festival (USA),
April 2016

Traumkino Kiel Transgender Film Festival (Germany),
April 2016

KASHISH Mumbai International
Queer Film Festival (India),
May 2016

PopPorn Film Festival (Brazil),
May 2016

CINEPRIDE: Festival de films lesbiens, gays, bi & trans de Nantes (France),
June 2016

SOHO International Film Festival (USA), June 2016

Fuchsbau Festival Hannover (Germany), July 2016

Rainbow Festival Baltimore (USA),
July 2016

Manila Transgender Film Festival (Philippines),
August 2016

Transgender Film Festival London
(UK), August 2016


Representation Matters: Conversations

on Identity and Community at the Main

Street Museum (Vermont),
September 2016

 

MIX Copenhagen LGBT Festival (Denmark),
September 2016

 

San Antonio Q Fest (USA),

October 2016

 

Los Angeles TransNation Film Festival

Curated by Zachary Drucker (USA),
October 2016

 

And What? Queer Arts Festival-

Rich MIX London (UK),
October 2016

 

Everybody’s Perfect Geneva

International Film Festival (Switzerland),

October 2016

SERILE FILMULUI GAY 
International Film Festival (Romania),
November 2016

 

Trans Film Festival Stockholm (Sweden),

November 2016

American LGBTQ Experiences Screening,

University College London (UK),

November 2016

 

Equality Festival Kyiv (Ukraine), December 2016

 

Transfeminist Cinema Exhibition “Hacernos Cuerpes”
(Bogota, Columbia, Chile),

January 2017

 

Punk Queer Screening at Emergency
Art Space Vevey (Switzerland),
January 2017

 

Best of Kashish Shorts Mumbai
Godrej Culture Lab (India),
January 2017

 

Antiparos Film Festival (Greece),
July 2017

University Film and Video Association Annual Conference 2015
Respondent’s Review of Joel Moffett’s Technical Difficulties of Intimacy

 

Candy, (Marianna Marroquin) and Rocco (Buck Angel) are living together and falling in love. A typical boy meets girl story? Not quite. What happens when two transgender characters fall in love? How do they transcend the artifice – or technical difficulties – of their gender identities to experience true intimacy? These are just a few of the questions posed by Joel Moffett’s Technical Difficulties of Intimacy. 

 

The narrative in this two-character drama is finely crafted, keeping the viewer on the edge of his/her seat throughout. Gradually, secrets about each character are revealed. The motif of quotations and re-enactments of a scene from Pillow Talk (Michael Gordon, 1959) is not simply a reflexive technique that creates multiple films-within-films, but also helps us to understand the characters. The duo’s 
performances for Rocco’s DSLR and the revelations about past porn experiences are juxtoposed with
coy exchanges of Doris Day and Rock Hudson in a way that 
complicates rather than simplifies gender
identity. Who wears the cowboy hat during “sexy game time”?... And how is this relevant to the expression of love? 

 

The film is simultaneiously romantic, melodramatic, and truly intimate. Moffett marshalls impressive resources from his cinematographer, editor, and composer to tell this story. Deeply saturated green and red place the characters in visual opposition in their lush tropical world, and production designer Meg Hanna creates an incredible M.C. Escher-meets-Pedro Almodovar house, decorated by Candy in her lover’s absence. From the harsh red, white and black of the house’s public spaces, to the edenic green of its bedroom, the production design is a third actor in the drama, seamlessly revealing the characters’ beauty and complexities. The performances of Marroquin and Angel and filled with layers and nuance, sexual desire, emotional confusion and genuine vulnerability, indicating a director in firm control of his craft. 

 

The film is also full of allusions to film history – hints of the senibilites of Technicolor fifties comedies, John Waters, Steven Soderbergh, and even German Expressionism suggested themselves to this viewer – but the film is never derivative. Professor Moffett’s Technical Difficulties of Intimacy challenges conventional notions of gender identity and questions our very definition of love and intimacy in a finely crafted 19-minute narrative that continued to reveal further complexity for this spectator over multiple viewings.

Reviews

“A hilarious look into the challenges of finding answers to the age-old question
'Do you find me attractive?'"
 
– Baltimore Outloud Magazine 

 

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“Brutally funny and poignant”
 
– Resident Advisor Magazine

 

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"Joel Moffett’s film is unconventional in setting, in subject matter and in style — entirely appropriate, given its sexy, humorous exploration of a world outside the cisgender norm. Rocco (Angel) and Candy (Marianna Marroquin) are captivating characters that effectively subvert the “traditional” relationships presented in most of the films in this festival." 
– Washington DC Metro Weekly

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"This groundbreaking film is about relationships outside the cis world. It’s a sexy situational comedy about two trans people (played by Buck Angel and Mariana Marroquin) navigating a relationship. It will mess with your comfort zone and your expectations, from set design to something unfortunate that happens to a dildo. This film is fearless in confronting the artifice that keeps love from being complete and authentic.” 
– The Boston LGBT Film Festival

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"Three dimensional characters hilariously explore the many facets of identity and sexual desire!" 
– CINHOMO International LGBT Film Festival Jury

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"A hilarious look at the topsy-turvy tropes of gender roles and relationship issues!" 
– Fringe! London Queer Arts Festival

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"For it's vibrantly colorful characters and mis-en-scene, for its bold embrace of the wide spectrum of trans-identities, and for it's unique wacky narrative and vision!" 
– Jury: KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

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“One of the most honest, funny and unique depictions of a relationship I have
ever seen”
 

– Megan Mercier

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“Mariana Marroquin and heartthrob Buck Angel carry this hilarious, raucous, and intense short about a trans-on-trans relationship.” 
– Zachary Drucker

 

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“While funny, the film has a lot to say about trans people’s relationships to their own bodies and to each other and was quite moving. Buck gives a stellar acting performance!” 

– MS Naughty

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“Fresh, clever and wonderfully acted” 

– Harry Vaughn
 

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“An excellent and humorous short film” 

– Everybody’s Perfect: Geneva International Queer Film Festival

 

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“a romantic comedy that riffs on the classic Rock Hudson – Doris Day movies of the 1960’s with a very queer twist!” 

– The Bay Area Reporter

 

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“A twist on rom-com conventions!” 

– The Advocate