Surprise (short)

SurpriseBefore the main feature Boulevard at the opening night of the 28th Annual Connecticut LGBT Film Festival, we saw three short films. The final film, Surprise was a 9 minute USA entry directed by cinematographer Leslie Bumgarner. Surprise pulls a sassy twist on the classic coming out conversation. A mother and her teenage son have an awkward conversation. One of them comes out. Pretty simple premise. But what happened earlier in the day is what makes this film stand out as smart and sophisticated story telling. I’m not going to spoil a thing other than to say I loved Surprise. The audio track had some problems, so for that I’m giving Surprise a 4 out of 5.

Although Surprise is not available yet online, you can see other projects by Leslie Bumgarner on Vimeo:



2 Responses to “Surprise (short)”

  1. Uncle Barb Says:

    There are some big names attached to this little film …Bruce Beresford produced, daughter Trilby wrote/directed and it stars Tess Harper. Cute, but honestly, a bit behind the times.


    • reelcharlie Says:

      Did you watch the entire short through to the end? It’s not the coming out that makes the movie great, it’s the teenager’s error that makes this a comedy of errors. I thought the last line was hysterical. Was it offensive?


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