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Opening Night

A heartfelt coming-of-age gay tale of teenage anxiety amidst a first kiss.


‘Opening Night’, the coming-of-age gay short film directed by Josh Coppenbarger, tenderly captures the essence of teenage vulnerability and the sweetness of first love. At its heart, the narrative revolves around Josh’s anxiety (played by Jack Walz) and anticipation as he prepares for his debut onstage kiss. Walz’s portrayal of Josh’s inner turmoil is both raw and authentic, drawing viewers into his emotional journey with empathy and sincerity.

In a stroke of unexpected connection, Walz’s character finds solace and infatuation in Tyler, played by Jeremiah Brannan. Brannan’s performance adds depth and warmth to the storyline, as Tyler becomes the unexpected source of comfort and courage for Josh. Their on-screen chemistry is palpable, infusing the film with a genuine sense of tenderness and authenticity.

Coppenbarger’s direction skillfully navigates the delicate nuances of teenage emotions, weaving together moments of insecurity, excitement, and longing with a deft hand. The narrative unfolds with a gentle rhythm, allowing viewers to immerse themselves fully in the characters’ journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

One of the film’s standout elements is Isaak Kimmel’s cinematography, which beautifully captures the essence of young love with its thoughtful framing and luminous lighting. Each scene is meticulously crafted, drawing viewers into the intimate world of the characters with its visual poetry.

‘Opening Night’ is a poignant and uplifting ode to the universal experience of first love, first kiss, and the transformative power of human connection. With its well-crafted storytelling, charming performances, and tender moments, the film resonates deeply, leaving a lasting impression on audiences long after the credits roll. It’s a testament to the beauty of embracing vulnerability and finding courage in the arms of love.

Opening Night Gay Short Film


Runtime: 14 min
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