Run Time: 88 min Release Date: Feb 07, 2017 Year Produced: 2015 Rating: Not Rated Language: English/Closed Captions Directed by: Brian O'Donnell, Sasha King Starring: Matthew Frias, Edmund Donovan, Joseph Melendez, Andréa Burns, Amy da Luz
This film appeals to: Gay Audiences

Benny and Christopher, college freshmen, meet playing football and begin a relationship. They fall in love supported by their family and friends. As their love for each other grows, a past tragic event involving their mothers comes to light. This revelation tests their own love and Benny’s close-knit family.

Throughout this reflective love story, with the beauty of rural Ohio as its backdrop, Benny travels an emotional journey that examines both his own feelings and his family’s ability to come to terms with the past.  AKRON is a sensitive and unique independent film that puts a progressive, Midwestern spin on a classic family drama.

Awards & Press Quotes

LGBT Best Narrative
Akron CIF + VF

Audience Award
Image Out, Rochester Film Festival

Audience Award
Phoenix LGBT Desperado Film Festival

Best Feature Film
OutReels Cincinnati

“It’s refreshing to see a gay movie about younger gay men where their sexuality is never the issue… accomplished and intelligent film-making.” – Gay Star News

“A heart-tugging and romantic story of loss, forgiveness, and the wonderful insanity of family.” –

“A wonderfully refreshing coming-of-age story that captures all the passion and excitement of two very fresh-faced, wholesome kids in the glow of first love.” –

“Not only unique for its approach to same-sex relationships but because of the tragic past that connects the families of the boyfriends, Benny and Christopher.” – Star Observer

Akron blends a beautiful love story with an emotional family drama to tell a unique and compelling story of family, love, loss, and acceptance.” –