Shelter is excellent. The acting is solid across the board. Jonah Markowitz's experience with larger projects shows throughout -- bitch really kept everybody together. You should absolutely believe the hype. If the movie is playing at a theater near you (check out the venues at here!), you must see it.
In Shelter, Trevor Wright is an artist who flips burgers at a local joint -- he is clearly unhappy; he wants to go to art school but has decided to settle for the I-think-I-should-be-happy-but-I'm-not state of mind brought by the fulfillment of family responsibilities, in his case, that means taking care of his cute little nephew, a kid neglected by his mother (played by Tina Holmes, she delivers a nice performance).
You can tell through Trevor's sad look that something big is missing (I must say that a few of his more pensive moments, like this one at a cliff by the ocean, were a little tacky -- you can almost hear the "hello...is it me you're looking for?" kinda deal). Trevor's best friend, played by Ross Thomas, has an out gay brother. This is the gay brother:
That's Brad Rowe. I've had my eye on Brad Rowe since Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss. I always thought he had the potential to become a true Hollywood lead and never understood why he didn't. He is drop-dead-gorgeous and can act. Not surprisingly, Trevor's character falls for him. Or is he just confused?
While sorting out his issues, Trevor's character shows us how nice being gay can be after all. Shelter is all about the normal guys, some of whom are gay. The soundtrack is great too. I can't wait for Markowitz and here!films' next release. Watch the trailer (but read my caveat first) after the jump.