Director Biography – Richard E. Haywood (BOXING DAY)

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I grew up loving going to the movies. I liked the escape and learning about other places. My favorite genre is drama. I feel the power of films can change people and open minds.

Director Statement

I like my films to be about relationships, whether they are family, lovers or friends.

Short Film: BOXING DAY, 7min., USA, Family/Drama

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A father comes to terms with his daughter being gay.

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Director Biography – Tom Goss (RESHAPING BEAUTY)

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Tom Goss is an indie director, singer and songwriter who uses film to tell stories most people are afraid to tell. His distinct voice shaped by his identity as a gay man and his unusual history. A college wrestler turned Catholic seminarian turned award-winning musician.

As a musician, Tom’s songs have been heard on ABC, HBO, in several films, and his inventive music videos (Son of a Preacher Man, Breath and Sound, Bears, Click), which have been viewed more than 10-million times. Tom has shared a stage with performers as diverse as Andy Grammer, Martha Wash, Taylor Dane, Steve Grand, Adrianne Gonzalez, Matt Alber, and Catie Curtis, and he enjoys a particularly strong following in the LGBT community.

A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tom went to college in Missouri on a wrestling scholarship with plans to become a schoolteacher. A year of student teaching in Illinois changed his mind, but he still wanted to make a difference in the world — so he decided to become a Catholic priest and moved to Washington DC to enter seminary. Disillusioned by his experiences there, and with a growing awareness that he was gay, Tom found himself in filmmaking, songwriting and performing.

Currently based in Los Angeles, Tom will be touring the US in Fall 2019 with a brand new multimedia show that incorporates guitar, keyboard, storytelling, and video.

Short Film: RESHAPING BEAUTY: ROUND IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES, 8min., USA, Documentary

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But we live in a world that is obsessed with one specific, narrow type of beauty. How would our perceptions of beauty change if we dared to idealize other types of beauty?

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Director Biography – Cydney Cox (OLD FLAMES)

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Cydney is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington; a Texas-raised filmmaker originally from San Antonio. She developed a passion for creative storytelling while attending the North East School of the Arts. After graduating from Southern Methodist University with a BA in Film and Media Arts in 2014, she worked as the Program Coordinator for the USA Film Festival. She currently serves as the Programs Chair for Women in Film Dallas for the second year in a row following the rewarding experience of being the Shorts Programmer for the 2016 Chick Flicks Festival. While she was a graduate teaching assistant at UTA she completed her thesis project, a pilot entitled “Group,” a dark comedy about a group therapy which has since won awards at the Austin Revolution Film Festival. She works in the DFW film community as an Assistant Director, Producer, and Script Supervisor while expanding her body of work that focuses on stories that explore the human condition and the expressions of trauma, adversity, and mental illness.

Director Statement

We are proud to present a story about Queer Love. With women comprising more than 60% of all production roles including directing & producing and a cast/crew as ethnically and gender-diverse as all the types of love stories that exist out in the world, we are sure you’ll fall head over heels in love with “Old Flames” too.

We aimed to take a classic genre of story-telling, romantic-comedy, and re-envision it in a more modern format. By placing a Queer man of color at the center of this story, we gave ourselves the liberty to reconstruct just exactly what “rom-coms” are about and remind ourselves that love and the way it affects us, is always a universal experience.

Short Film: OLD FLAMES, 7min., USA, Romance/Comedy

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Damian likes to daydream, especially about his ex-boyfriend, Jessie. And on one quiet night in a bar, we see his fantasies take shape and he meets face-to-face with the man of his dreams. As he journeys back to the “love of his life”, Damian gets the wake-up call that memory and desire don’t always match who we are in real life.

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