Watercolors (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Oliveras
Produced by Larry Allen
Penny Styles McLean
Written by David Oliveras
Starring Tye Olson
Kyle Clare
Greg Louganis
Karen Black
Music by Dorian Rimsin,
Marcelo Cesena
Edited by Martinos Aristidou
Release date
  • June 7, 2008 (2008-06-07) (Swansea Bay Film Festival)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6,305[1]

Watercolors is a 2008 film by American director David Oliveras and starring Tye Olson, Kyle Clare, Greg Louganis and Karen Black. The script is also written by David Oliveras.


One never forgets his first love as we are reminded by the film opening sentence 'Love is so short and forgetting is so long' quotation from a poem by Pablo Neruda and as the poster of the movie reminds us: Only art can turn pain into beauty.

Shy, closeted and nerdy young artist Danny (Tye Olson) is befriended by golden boy swimming champion Carter (Kyle Clare) when family circumstances bring them together for a night. Danny helps the troubled Carter in school, while the brash and sexy yet troubled Carter works hard to hide his drug problems, history of seizures and the painful relationship he has with his unsympathetic, recovering alcoholic father. Their blossoming relationship brings Danny out of his shell, awakening both his passion for art and burgeoning gay sexuality.

Watercolors is framed by scenes of Danny as an adult. He's a successful artist, but his boyfriend is bothered that he can't seem to get over his high school first love. He argues that a live person can't compete with a glorified memory, showing that the lasting memory of a first love is potentially toxic.


  • Tye Olson as Danny Wheeler
  • Kyle Clare as Carter Melman
  • Ellie Araiza as Andy
  • Greg Louganis as Coach Brown
  • Karen Black as Mrs. Martin
  • Casey Kramer as Miriam
  • William Charles Mitchell as Mr. Frank
  • Ian Rhodes as Older Danny
  • Edward Finlay as Allan
  • David Schroeder as High School Principal
  • Bobby Quinn Rice as Donnert

Screenings and Awards[edit]

  • 2008 Outfest in Los Angeles winning Audience Award winning:

Audience Award - "Outstanding First Dramatic Feature" for "Watercolors" Jury Award - "Best Actor" for Tye Olson



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