The Least Untrue

In an apartment in Brooklyn, two strangers meet by chance...only to discover a secret that upends both their lives. As they grapple with betrayal and deceit, one question do we move forward, when everything we know is a lie?

  • Gabriel Shanks
  • Gabriel Shanks
  • Cherrye J. Davis
  • Gabriel Shanks
  • Nilan
  • Nathaniel P. Claridad
    Key Cast
  • Nicholas Michaels
    Key Cast
  • Catalin Stelian
    Director of Photography
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  • Genres:
    Drama, LGBTQ, Gay, Romance, queer, lgbt, newyork, newyorkcity, mystery, relationships
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 28, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • qFlix Philadelphia
    United States
    June 20, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Love and Hope International Film Festival
    September 7, 2022
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Gabriel Shanks

Gabriel Shanks is a director, writer, and producer. He created and directed the streaming series EXTRA ROOM and the short films THE LEAST UNTRUE, ONE MORE THING, THE DAMNABLE DEPRIVATION OF DMITRI, and HEYBABE, which have been seen in over a dozen film festivals, including the Madrid International Film Festival (Best Director and Series Nominations), Stockholm Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, New Masculinities Festival (Opening Night Film), QFlix Philadelphia, Sicily WebFest, and the Barcelona Love and Hope International Film Festival. His television pilot, THE RECIPE, was selected for development at the Orchard Project Episodic Lab and was a Semi-Finalist in the New York Film & Television Festival. Onstage, Gabriel was one of the directors of Peculiar Works Project’s VILLAGE FRAGMENTS (OBIE Award); his productions have premiered in New York, Seattle, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Vienna, Bucharest, Sofia and Budapest, among others.

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Director Statement

THE LEAST UNTRUE explores the ripples of damage caused by the decision to live authentically...or to choose not to. As a queer artist, the choices we make about the public presentation of our identity -- choices that carry political, social, and romantic repercussions -- carry beyond ourselves, into all of our interactions in the world. THE LEAST UNTRUE is an attempt to give space to the grey area between truth and honesty...the absolutism of honesty, versus truths that have come with complex shades and gradations. It explores the personal costs, the quiet damage, and the unintended consequences our choices bring. Thank you for watching. If you're willing, please reach out to me at'd love to hear what you think.