Thursday, March 27, 2014

Short Film: The Naturalist

In this gripping science fiction film, a gay man living in a genetically modified society is offered an opportunity to alter his sexuality. The film was created as Connor Hurley's KickStarter-funded thesis for NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and it explores the concepts of genetic engineering and human sexuality through a tale of a love triangle complicated by science fiction technology.

The film centers on devoted partners Simon and Oliver, who live in a militant future society that mandates the use of genetic therapy to correct co-called "inferiorities," including homosexuality. Simon and Oliver's relationship is put to the test with the arrival of Eden, an heiress genetically modified to physical perfection. Eden has been in love with Simon for years, and offers him an escape from his precarious position in society: a genetic virus that can alter his sexuality.

It's a fantastically thought-provoking film.  I genuinely wish there were more like it floating around out there.

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