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WATCH: Michael Urie explores open marriage in short film ‘Lavender’

Relationships are…hard.

And navigating queer love and lust can often feel like exploring the Wild West pre-GPS. It’s thrilling, yes. But not without its dangers.

A new short film called Lavender from filmmaker Matthew Puccini explores one man’s intimate brushup with a married gay couple. The emotional honesty it depicts will likely hit home for anyone who’s ventured outside of monogamy’s walls.

The film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January where it was named one of Indiewire’s 10 must-see short films. It’s now available to stream on Vimeo via Fox Searchlight.

It stars Michael Urie of Ugly Betty fame, as well as Ken Barnett and Michael Hsu Rosen.

“I love the idea of seeing more LGBTQ characters and stories being told in the genre space,” Puccini said. “I’m personally craving a big-budget, super queer rom-com, and would love to see some horror films starring queer characters, too.”

Puccini is already working on a new short film called Dirty, as well as his debut feature-length project. We will certainly be looking out for both.

Watch Lavender below:

Dan Tracer is a queer writer, handstand enthusiast, and lover of all Kaytranada remixes. Find him on Instagram.