Cast: Betsy Brandt, Dana Drori, James Scully, James Sweeney, Katie Findlay, Randall Park, Tracie Thoms
Official Selection, 2019 Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Breakthrough Centerpiece Film, 2019 Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival
Official Selection, 2019 New Orleans Film Festival
Todd (James Sweeney) is a gay man in his mid-twenties and his love life is absolutely dead. He’s never had sex–well, unless you count that one “blow consultation.” (But it was only the tip!) His OCD fear of bodily fluids (and poop) may be the culprit. Or maybe he’s…straight? Maybe he thinks he’s gay only because that’s the only word society has for men who own all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls on DVD and wear cashmere? After a therapist plants the possibility he’s not who the world thinks he is, Todd decides to go all in on dating like a bro against the advice of all his closest friends. He fails miserably until he meets the struggling actress Rory (Katie Findlay), a depressive, fellow OCD enthusiast who may just prove he’s straight after all.
Filled with irreverent mile-a-minute banter and appearances by Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), and Tracie Thoms (Rent), STRAIGHT UP plays on the slippages that occur when neuroses intersect with the messiness of queer identification. Triple threat director, writer, and lead actor James Sweeney has made a refreshingly witty romantic comedy that explores love, dating, and sex in a new age of elastic sexuality.
Admission includes a special pre-screening reception from 5:30PM-7:00PM.
Co-Presented by Film Out San Diego