Director Biography – Samuel Douek (JUS+ LIKE ME)

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Samuel Douek, Director of ‘Jus+ Like Me’ is a trained architect turned director working across documentary, music video and narrative film. His subjects confront issues surrounding LGBTQ+ and minority subcultures from a design perspective. In addition to filmmaking Douek founded the CAMPerVAN, a transportable queer performance and community space that has toured the UK and Europe bringing LGBTQ+ performance art into the public sphere.

Director Statement

The widespread dissemination of HIV prevention medication has seen a drastic fall in the number of new diagnoses in recent years.

However, despite growing awareness and acceptance of the virus, many people living HIV continue to experience fear and stigma from wider society.

JUS+ Like Me was made in Honour of World Aids day as both a celebration of the advancements in medication and a reminder of the virus that continues to affect huge parts of the world.

But most importantly, JUS+ Like Me was made to show how people like Phil live happy, healthy and normal lives.

Director Biography – Julia Angley (NOW I KNOW)

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Julia Keelan Angley is a writer, director, producer and editor. She loves dark comedies, coming-of-age dramas, and stories about strong women. She is passionate about creating all kinds of women-centric media.

Originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts, Julia has always been interested in storytelling. She studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, where she started writing her first scripts. After college, Julia worked as a business analyst while earning a Masters in Digital Media from Harvard’s Extension School. At Harvard, she developed a love for creative problem solving and video production. In 2016, Julia moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at UCLA.

Since then, she has been working on a variety of projects, including producing the feature film “The Way You Look Tonight,” premiering in 2019. She has also directed a number of short films.

Director Statement

“Now I Know” is a short coming-of-age film about two young women navigating their friendship and each grappling with their sexuality. With the film, I wanted to explore how we unintentionally trap each other with our assumptions and all the things that go unsaid in a close friendship.

This film was produced during my time as a student at UCLA, and is a very personal story to me. Growing up, as I began to question my own sexuality, I found it difficult to express. As a bisexual woman, I wanted to create a film that showed young women questioning and struggling, an experience that many LGBTQ people experience even as the world becomes more accepting. At the end of the day, we have to accept ourselves, and that can sometimes be the hardest step in coming out.

This film marks my festival debut. I am excited for the opportunity to share this small story about two women finding their identities.

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.

News & Reviews

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.

Winning LGBT Feature Screenplay: Circle of Illumination, by Trisha DiFazio

Simon, a shy introvert, and Rosie, a bon vivant, have been best friends since Kindergarten. After Rosie dies, Simon receives e-mails from Rosie’s account with detailed instructions as to how to spread her ashes throughout Europe. The problem is: Simon only has two weeks to visit four countries. Will Simon overcome his fears and carry out his best friend’s wishes in time? We follow Simon on an epic quest that turns out to be as challenging as it is illuminating.

CAST LIST:

Molly/Dayonare: Jennifer Lieberman
Adele/Mrs. Murphy: Esther Thibault
Narration: Geoff Mays
Simon: Max Ackerman
Rosie: Maiza Dubhe
Various: Russell Batcher

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

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