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Phoenix (2006 film)

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Director  Michael Akers
Editor  Michael Akers
Country  United States
5.8/10 IMDb

Running time  1h 31m
Genres  Drama, LGBT, Indie film
Language  English
Phoenix (2006 film) movie poster
Release date  2006
Writer  Michael D. Akers, Sandon Berg
Cast  Chad Bartley, Chad Bartley, Jeff Castle, Gaetano Jones
Similar movies  Michael Akers directed Phoenix and Gone - But Not Forgotten

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Phoenix is a 2006 film by American director Michael Akers, his third feature film after Gone, But Not Forgotten (2003) and Matrimonium (2005). The film was produced by Sandon Berg with Israel Ehrisman as co-producer and starred Chad Edward Bartley as Dylan, Gaetano Jones as Kenneth Sparks and Jeff Castle as Demetrius Stone. The film was distributed by United Gay Network. This film was inspired by Michaelangelo Antonioni's film L'Avventura and obviously adds a gay twist.


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Phoenix is the story of a suspenseful and mysterious journey of two jilted lovers following the trail of their mutual betrayer. Ken Sparks (played by Gaetano Jones) has had some urgent business matter to attend in Phoenix, Arizona after a land deal has gone sour. In the process, he is also leaving behind his lover boy friend Dylan (Chad Edward Bartley) making promises for Dylan's birthday. Despite Dylan having delusions that Ken might me the one for him, Ken on the other hand doesn't want Dylan to join in with him in Phoenix and makes empty promises to keep Dylan in

Betrayed by false promises, Dylan asks about him and discovers not only that Ken has altogether disappeared from the scene, but that he has had a long-term and ongoing relationship with his "husband" Demetrius Stone (Jeff Castle). Now Ken has also dumped Demetrius as well and just disappeared.

Seeing the joint predicament both lovers are in because of Ken's betrayal of them both, Dylan and Demetrius feel an affinity building up between them and eventually fall in love together. The film is sub-titled as "Every broken heart is a chance for a new beginning..." or as Dylan says to Demetrius: "may be this is destiny, and maybe this whole thing with Ken was just to bring us together" although they both obviously live in the spell of their common lover. And as they admit, "this is not easily done" and is "an awful lot of trouble to go through" and realizing this new love "cannot replace him [Ken]".


  • Chad Edward Bartley as Dylan
  • Gaetano Jones as Ken Sparks
  • Jeff Castle as Demetrius Stone
  • Conrad Angel Corral as Lewis
  • Bruce Cronander as Gunther
  • A.J. Sullivan as Detective Smith
  • Deven Green as resort trainee
  • Joel Bryant as security guard
  • Stephen McCarthy as jazz singer
  • Screenings

    The film was an official selection on many festivals including:

  • Reeliong Chicago Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Pittsburgh International Film Festival
  • References

    Phoenix (2006 film) Wikipedia
    Phoenix (2006 film) IMDb Phoenix (2006 film)

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