RELEASE DATE: January 12
DIRECTOR: Damon Cardasis
CAST: Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor
Producer-turned-writer/director Cardasis tells the story of a shy, closeted teen (Kain) whose search for acceptance and a sense of normalcy beyond his steadfastly religious household leads him to the startling realization that he’s not so alone – there are people out there just like him. Cardasis also cleverly explores the vividness of teenage fantasy in several musical sequences of audacity and passion; they’re an escape for his protagonist, a coping mechanism (which also make sly use of lip-sync and performance’s deep roots in drag/trans culture). It’s a warm and ultimately understanding film, but set in a world of very real crisis, laying out clearly the cycle of rejection and desperation that too often draws in LGBTQ youth.