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Is Your Teen A Homosexual?

Short Form Station 2015

Project information

Talent Tamara Scherbak
Role of participant Director
Director Tamara Scherbak
Producer Tamara Scherbak & Faisal Lutchmedial
Screenwriter Tamara Scherbak
Status finished

Production details

Running time 6 min
Genre Queer
Year of production 2018
Country of Production Canada
Production Company
Miksang Productions
Website http://www.miksang.ca


Logline

'Is Your Teen A Homosexual?' is a short allegorical comedy that satirizes Trump's America by using the style of “teen hygiene” educational films of the 1950s. Johnny comes out to his family, who is helped by an off-screen Narrator, but stereotypes and prejudices prove to be stronger than family ties.


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still / picture for Is Your Teen A Homosexual?


Synopsis

IS YOUR TEEN A HOMOSEXUAL? is a short comedic film parodying the ‘teen hygiene’ educational films of the 1950s. JOHNNY, the teenage son of an atypical North American suburban family, decides to announce to his family that he is gay. His parents, Mom and Dad, are in severe denial while his little sister, Norma, doesn't see what the problem is. With the help of the Narrator, the parents are able to come to terms, albeit in a twisted and absurdly stereotyped way with Johnny's homosexuality. All the while, the child who has the real psychological issues, the sister, is left to her own devices. Each character has their own quirks and repressed issues, including the Narrator who is gradually revealed to be an alcoholic as the film progresses.


Participation in international festivals / awards

The 31st Image&Nation LGBTQ Montréal Film Festival – Official Selection Queerment Québec (2018)

The 37th Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma – Official selection Vive la rigolade (2019)

The 35th Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival, Official Selection GTFO Shorts (2019)

The 10th LGBT FIlm Festival of Poland, Official Selection Gay Shorts 1 (2019) *Screened in Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz (twice) & Poznan

The 5th SpringOut! Middle Tennessee LGBT+ Film Festival (2019)

The 8th Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Official Selection Short Attack (2019)

The 20th OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, Official Selection Laughing out Loud (2019) *Nominated for Best Comedic Short

The 16th OutfestPERU LGBTQ Film Festival (2019)

The 3rd Suburbinale Film Festival of Austria, Official Selection, Opening Night (2019)

The 6th San Antonio QFest-LGBT International Film Festival, Official Selection (2019)

The 9th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Official Selection in International Competition (2019)

The 26th Pride Pictures Karlsruhe, Official Selection Queer ist Mehr (2019)

The 17th Florence Queer Festival, Official Selection in Videoqueer Short Film Competition (2019)

The 31st NewFest – New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, Official Selection The Gag’s All Here (2019)

The 8th Sardinia Queer Short Film Festival, Out of Competition in “Una famiglia normale” (2019)

The 22nd edition of Nuit du Court de Lausanne (Base-court) in SANS QUEUE NI TÊTE (2019)

The 12th edition of the OMOVIES Homosexual, Transgender and Questioning Film Festival Napoli, Official selection (2019)

The 5th Tarang Delhi International Queer Theatre and Film Festival, Official Selection (2019)

The 3rd Shanghai Queer Film Festival, Official Selection, World Shorts (2019)

Pembe Hayat KuirFest – Pink Life Queer Fest Turkey, Official selection (2020)

Festival Amor es Amor Festival International di cine LGBTQ+ Córdoba, Argentina, Official Selection (2020)

Cast

MomLaura Mitchell
DadJames Murray
JohnnyLaurent M. Pitre
NormaIsabella D'Alesandro
NarratorNeil Kroetsch

Crew

Director of PhotographyGabriele Kislat
Art DirectorValentina Oresic
SoundYecine Meliani