[Editor's note: Out Twin Cities Film Fest is hitting the Theatres at Mall of America next week with special screenings and events showcasing LGBTQ-themed cinema. Leading up to the festivities, we'll be highlighting a few of the participating filmmakers.]
JC Calciano's films are chock-full of your standard rom-com drama: Boy
finds himself newly single and heartbroken, or in some sort of a mild
mid-life crisis after seeking completely unqualified advice from
friends. This leads to utter chaos and confusion, but our hero somehow
manages to find love and acceptance, and ultimately comes out a winner.
of how predictable this may be, Calciano's films are completely
necessary. Every year, Hollywood green-lights a handful of blockbuster love stories about heterosexual couples. Sometimes, there's a funny gay sidekick playing second fiddle to the leading lady, but
that's about it for an LGBTQ presence. So where are our gay and lesbian
rom-com stars? We need homo hunks and sexy lesbians to root for, too,
and Calciano is just the man to fill the void in our lovelorn hearts.
the OUT Twin Cities Film Festival right around the corner, we caught up
with the 50-year-old filmmaker and teacher to talk about all the crazy
things people do for love, the consistent stream of hot men involved in
his films, and, of course, his latest rom-com, The 10 Year Plan
, a film where two friends make a pact to end up together should they fail to find love before the end of a decade.More »