“Moving” is a queer dramedy short film about Sean and Max, a gay couple in an open relationship, and what happens when Max’s hot hookup, Kai comes to lend a hand with their move.

  • Azmi Mert Erdem
    Breathe, Narcossist
  • Azmi Mert Erdem
  • Nina Gielen
    Arts and Crafts, the Mole
  • Azmi Mert Erdem
  • Joseph Haro
    Key Cast
    Summertime, Elena of Avalor, Glee
  • Miguel Angel Guzmán
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 19, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Alexa Mini
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Queens World Film Festival
    Queens, New York
    United States
    November 4, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Trans Stellar Film Festival

    United States
    November 26, 2022
    Official Selection
  • ImageOut: The Rochester LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    United States
    October 5, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Azmi Mert Erdem

Azmi Mert Erdem is a New York-based, Turkish-American multidisciplinary artist, working with video, photography, performance, and installation. Mert has worked as a director, assistant director, and cinematographer in television series, feature and short films. He has written and directed award-winning short films featured in international film festivals. His photography, video art, and installations have been exhibited internationally. He has also created short documentaries for artists and art institutions.

Mert graduated with a B.A. in Film and Television with honors from Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. He attended the One Year Filmmaking Program at the New York Film Academy, where he worked as a Teaching Assistant upon graduation. Mert completed his M.A. in Liberal Studies from the City University of New York, Graduate Center focusing on film studies and LGBTQIA+ representation in the cinema of Turkey.

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Director Statement

Moving is a queer dramedy short about a gay couple—Sean and Max—navigating their open relationship in the middle of moving apartments. The story follows Sean, who is, as he says, “new to this whole open universe.” When Kai, Max’s “hot little dancer hook-up,” unexpectedly shows up at Sean’s door to help with the move, Sean finds himself going through feelings of intimidation, attraction, and skepticism toward Kai. As Sean moves through his conflicting desires, the film moves through different film genres—film-noir, ‘70s gay porn, and period melodramas—until we shift to Kai’s perspective at the end.

I wanted to tell a story of a queer relationship that would challenge the stereotypical portrayals so common in straight and gay cinema. My aim was to depict three-dimensional queer characters in a non-hetero/homonormative relationship rarely seen in mainstream films. Likewise, I wanted to tell a story that pays homage to different queer films and genres to which my film is indebted. With Moving, I hope to shine a loving light on the tensions but also the pleasures of queer relationships, side-stepping stale tropes about jealousy and betrayal. The humor and fantasies in the film invite viewers to bypass snap judgments and identify with Sean and Kai.

We are proud to have been able to assemble a cast and crew comprised predominantly of queer people and/or women—groups that are still heavily underrepresented even in indie filmmaking.

Azmi Mert Erdem
Writer, Director, Producer