As with Tee's experience with Savage Grace, I, too, experienced what may be the wave of the future for cinema: tonight I watched Shelter on DVD, which had been released to both theaters and the satellite network Here! only a month ago.
Shelter tells the story of Zach (Trevor Wright), a young man from the other side of the tracks in southern California, only a year or two out of high school, living with his thankless father and slutty sister, essentially serving as a father figure for his sister's son. Zach's best friend Gabe is away and he soon finds himself spending time with Gabe's older brother Shaun (Brad Rowe)--and, of course, a romance develops between the two men.
It's the usual coming out storyline and doesn't break any real ground, though it benefits from strong characters and a particularly fine performance by Wright, who makes Zach's journey a deeply felt experience. Considering it's better than most of the gay indie films out there these days, it's worth a rental.
"...it is the weak who are cruel, and...gentleness is only to be expected from the strong." - Leo Reston
"Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable." - Jodie Foster