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Escondido, California, 1994. It’s the end of summer and Gene is preparing for his high school drama friends’ final murder mystery slumber party. The theatrical hostess, Rose, will fly off to start college the next morning, followed by earnest Claire, magnetic Oscar, and sarcastic Ally. Yet Gene has bigger problems than being left behind by his best friends: he wants to come out of the closet – but is terrified of what his sheltered Christian group might think. Jonathan Wysocki’s nostalgic, funny debut feature is a poignant love letter to drama nerds, late bloomers, and the intense friendships of youth.


Jonathan Wysocki is a Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs Fellow as well as an Advisor for Sundance Co//ab. He’s made 5 award-winning short films. His latest, A Doll’s Eyes, screened at 50 festivals across 6 continents and was translated into 8 languages. Film accolades include the Sundance Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship, the Busan Cinephile Award, the Stanley Kramer Award, the James Bridges Award, and two Annenberg Grants. Previously, Wysocki worked as a programmer for the LA Film Festival, as a producer on the indie features The Hammer and Thrasher Road, and for major studios such as MGM and ABC. Wysocki is a UCLA alumnus, a Project Involve Fellow at Film Independent, a Berlinale Talent Campus alum, and a lecturer at Occidental College, Chapman University, and Cal State Long Beach. Wistful about his drama nerd days, he compensates by being as dramatic as possible in the present.


  • Title
  • Rights
    Festivals, Sales
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    91′, col.

  • Director
    Jonathan Wysocki
  • Screenplay
    Jonathan Wysocki
  • Editing
    Christine Kim
  • Photography
    Todd Bell

  • Music
    Chanda Dancy
  • Sound
    Colette D. Dahanne, CAS
  • Cast
    Nick Pugliese, Anna Grace Barlow,
    Megan Suri, Nico Greetham, Danielle Kay,
    Zak Henri

  • Producers
    Yue Wang, Jonathan Wysocki
  • Production
    Ambrosia Pictures & Dramarama LLC

  • San Francisco International Film Festival 2020
  • OutFest Los Angeles 2020
  • Novos Cinemas Pontevedra 2020
  • SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2020
  • Nashville Film Festival 2020
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
  • St. Louis International Film Festival 2020
  • Reeling Chicago 2020
  • Milwaukee Film Festival 2020
  • Cucalorus Film Festival 2020
  • Reelout Queer Film Festival Kingston 2020
  • Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Virtual Film Festival 2020
  • Artis Naples International Film Festival 2020
  • Southern Screen Festival Cajun 2020
  • Out On Film: Atlanta’s LGBTQ Film Festival 2020
  • Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2020
  • Way OUT West Film Fest 2020
  • Fabulous Independent Film Festival Sarasota 2020
  • Woods Hole Film Festival 2020
  • BFI Flare London 2021
  • aGLIFF Austin 2021
  • White River Indie Festival 2021
  • Oxford US Film Festival 2021
  • Molodist Kyev international Film Festival 2021 – Sunny Bunny Competition
  • Woods Hole Film Festival online version 2021
  • Milwaukee Film’s Genrequeer Pride Month Program 2021
  • Lovers Film Festival Torino 2021 – Feature Film Competition Opening Title
  • SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival Providence 2021
  • Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival Salt Lake City 2021
  • Outfest Peru Lima 2021 – Feature Film Competition
  • AMBIENTA LGBTQIA Film Festival Pontevedra 2021
  • Seoul Korea Queer Film Festival 2021
  • Teatri di Vita Bologna 2021

  • Woods Hole Film Festival 2020 – Jury Award Best Comedy Feature
  • Novos Cinemas Pontevedra 2020 – Audience Award
  • Tallgrass Film Festival 2020 – Jury Award Outstanding Screenplay
  • Oxford US Film Festival 2021 – Jury Award Best LGBTQIA+ Feature, Audience Award
  • Lovers Film Festival Torino 2021 – Jury Special Mention
  • SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival Providence 2021 – Jury Award Best U.S. Narrative Feature

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