Can “straight-acting” Gay dads love their sissy son?
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
The SF INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL is closing tonight and FRAMELINE32 has saved one of the best for last – an only-in-Canada mix of homos, hockey and family values. BREAKFAST WITH SCOT is a light-hearted and touching comedy starring TV hunk TOM CAVANAGH as Eric, a former MAPLE LEAFS hockey player turned sportscaster with memberships in three gyms. Eric is one of those gay guys who would describe himself as “straight-acting” in a personal ad – if he weren’t too busy acting straight to place the ad. Though not out at work, Eric is living the perfect gay life at home with his lawyer boyfriend Sam (Ben Shenkman of ANGELS IN AMERICA and LAW & ORDER). They live discreetly on a tree-lined street in Toronto. All this changes when they receive news that the former girlfriend of Sam’s brother, Billy (Colin Cunningham), has died and left custody of her son Scot (Noah Bernett) to Billy.
TOM CAVANAGH and BEN SHENKMAN – as Eric and Sam
But adventure-seeking Billy is somewhere in South America, and that leaves Scot without a guardian. Until Children’s Aid and the insurance company can locate Billy, they ask Sam if he can take temporary custody. Much to Eric’s disapproval (he’s never liked kids), Sam agrees to take Scot in – convincing Eric that it is only for a short period. Enter Scot – a swishy, mincing, 11-year-old sissy-of-a-boy who is Eric’s mirror opposite.
COLIN CUNNINGHAM and NOAH BERNETT – as Billy and Scot
Dressed in vibrant colors, his mother’s charm bracelet and with a penchant for musicals and Christmas carols – he’s not quite the ‘boy’ they expected. Their household is thrown into confusion as Eric and Sam try to deal with the realities and expectations of their flamboyant charge and realize that he is much more ‘gay’ than they are. Each deals with his own issues while observing the behavior of a queeny kid being joyously and unashamedly himself. At school Scot begins to make friends and even manages to win the company of the neighborhood bully. But Eric decides Scot needs toughening up and signs him up for local Pee Wee hockey. Eric becomes recruited as the team’s assistant coach and begins to build a relationship with Scot. But after Scot’s disastrous first game, Eric begins to rethink the compromises he’s made in his own life in order to be ‘accepted’.
Following the screening of BREAKFAST WITH SCOT, get ready for serious Closing Night Partying at the über-stylish TEN15 FOLSOM (1015 Folsom Street, between 6th and 7th Streets). Partygoers will enjoy wine and cocktails and exclusive catering by Brandy Ho’s while dancing the night away with filmmakers, industry guests and the Frameline family. Lift those glasses as Frameline32 award winners are announced, bringing the amazing SF INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL to a close on this groundbreaking and historically fabulous PRIDE 2008.
To order DVD: BREAKFAST WITH SCOT
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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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