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July 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Streaming Online via Eventive
July 9, 2021 to July 18, 2021
Directed by: Matt Fifer
Film type: Dramatic
Runtime: 97 minutes
Year: 2020
Country: USA
Rating: Not Rated
Language: English
Cast: Matthew Fifer, Cobie Smulders, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Tanner Cohen
Film format: Streaming


Directed and written by its two main actors, and based on real events, this debut film is a tender and loving reminder of the healing power of love and the enduring strength of human connection.

After a spate of failed heterosexual endeavors, Ben, a bisexual man turns back towards the gay community. As Ben emerges from the closet, a relationship between him and Sam, two young men living in New York City, energetically blossoms. As their partnership develops, Sam, struggling with his own challenges as a man of color, helps Ben confront a dark secret from his past. 

Cicada remains completely romantic, but substantively takes on darker themes that further the discourses around coming out, supportive same sex relationships, self-acceptance, and the lasting echos of trauma. Beautifully acted and full of unfettered emotion and raw sexuality, this film is a beacon of solace.

– Derrek Wall, Damn These Heels programming committee member

Cicada first premiered at Outfest LA in 2020 as well as at the LGBTQI+ Film Festival in London. 

Official Selection:

2020 BFI, 2020 Outfest, 2020 Frameline

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