A Sex Addict Confronts His True Self In Queer Short “Authentic”

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In his short film Authentic, Australian director Manuel R. Mota explores the pursuit (and avoidance) of happiness

Aaron, a bachelor, drowns himself in porn and NSA sex with women in a never-ending quest for satisfaction.

Things change after an uncomfortable encounter with a new neighbor ignites feelings in Aaron that are both scary and electrifying, making him reconsider what it would really take to be emotionally and physically satisfied.

After debuting in December 2012, Authentic went on the film-festival circuit. Mota won the award for Best Director at the 17th Sydney Film School Festival, where Authentic also took home the Audience Award for favorite short.

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