CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 2013
Country: United States
Language: English, Portuguese
Run Time: 90 minutes


Frankie is an understudy in a big-league dance troupe, but he just can’t seem to make it to the front line. He has his eyes set on Todd, the hunky lead who just so happens to have the brains to fortify his brawn. As a mysterious fatal epidemic begins ripping through mid-80s San Francisco, Frankie and Todd are inevitably drawn into the confusion. While Frankie’s life is increasingly marred by fear, Todd seems strangely unaffected by the imminent storm of HIV. When a suspicious test begins making news headlines, Frankie becomes worried that the government may be plotting to quarantine those with HIV. TEST is a striking snapshot of the collective paranoia of a marginalized group, and the way in which we rise above life-threatening encounters. Told through an array of eye-popping dance numbers mixed with intimate scenes of the cast’s private lives, TEST is a bold, celebratory testament to living life to the fullest—even when the odds are against us. —C.P.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

10% Cinema
Film Is Art

American Independents Competition

Chris Mason Johnson

Chris Mason Johnson has danced in the U.S. and Europe, and his films have played at festivals nationwide. He also heads a nonprofit dedicated to helping queer filmmakers.

"The New Twenty" (2008), TEST (2013)

Chris Mason Johnson, Chris Martin

Chris Mason Johnson

Daniel Marks

Christopher Branca, Chris Mason Johnson, Adam Raponi

Principal Cast
Damon K. Sperber, Kristoffer Cusick, Matthew Risch

Film Contact

This film is presented with the generous support of THE RICHARD J. FASENMYER CENTER FOR CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY.

Film Sponsor

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

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