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lions' den (2007)

2007/narrative/15 min.

A group of old friends are hanging at one of their houses exchanging stories of sexual escapades, awaiting another friend to arrive so they can celebrate a birthday at a nude bar. When one of them is suddenly accused of having masturbated in his friend's bathroom, what starts as a McCarthy-era trial of accusations at one individual suddenly escalates into a night of judgment that tests the truth of their words and the strength of all their friendships.

The film premiered at the 2007 Dallas Video Festival, was invited to play at the 2008 Lone Star International Film Festival, and SHORT END MAGAZINE said, "the film's message rings clearly and with a beautiful sadness."

LIONS' DEN is an entirely improvised, low-fi drama using both actors and non actors shot over the course of an evening, based from a loose outline. A melting pot of lies, truths, egos, and masculinity that is stirred with documentary-style filmmaking. The second film from the improvisational film collective, Backyard Movies. Starring Matthew Buck, Gideon Seaman, Aaron Hunter, Robby Storey, Frank Mosley, and Drew Kondraske. 

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