The festival, Sept. 26-Oct. 6, will screen Content along with dozens of other work created by LGBTQ artists. Out on Film is in its 32nd year of celebrating the LGBTQ community, its artists and the diverse stories told.
Sidell, born and raised in Boston, attended the University of South Carolina where he studied acting before being cast in Hulu’s Complete Works. He also studied at Harvard University where he received a Master in Fine Art in acting, as well as at the Moscow Art Theater School. After moving back to Los Angeles, he worked on comedy series All Wrong and appeared in Netflix original Someone Great.
In Content, Sidell tackles the intricacies of sexual assault and consent in the queer community. These themes are manifested in the dynamic between a professional photographer (played by Philip Maximilian) and his model, Kevin (Sidell). As the photoshoot progresses, Kevin is pushed to ask himself how far he is willing to go for a great shot. The short film, artfully shot by Drew Bienemann, with direction from Chris Coats, covers the grey areas of consent, as well as the effects social media has on how men view themselves and what society expects of them.
Content premiered earlier this summer at Outfest Los Angeles, the world’s largest LGBTQ Film Festival. At Out on Film, Content will be showcased alongside five other short films on Oct. 3. 4pm, Midtown Arts Cinema, tickets from $30, all access pass $175
Photography by: Ben Sidell