THE HOMIESEXUALS: A SOCIAL MEDIA TRAGEDY

Written by Gage Tarlton

Directed by Ryan Dobrin

Dramaturgy by Melory Mirashrafi

Created in collaboration with Ryan Dobrin

Produced by Ryan Kane, Those Guilty Creatures (Carina Goebelbecker &. Ryan Dobrin) & Gage Tarlton

Digitally Designed & Edited by Zack Lobel

Original Score & Sound Design by Heath Saunders

Sound Mix by Twi McCallum

Additional Graphics by Gauge Wiley

Original TikTok Choreography by Pauline Lamb

Music and Lyrics to "Dance Again" by Laura Galindo

Starring (in order of appearance):
Sean Stack, August Gray Gall, Laura Galindo, Avery Rose Pedell, Julia Newitt, Carina Goebelbecker, Nathan Mullen, Delilah Napier, Shana Laski, Lucy Grebin, Talia Light Rake, Morgan Rielly, Hope French, Sierra Berkeley Fisher, Luxy Banner, Emily Cass McDonnell, Andrus Nichols, Mark Feuerstein, Thom Sesma, Kerstin Anderson, Imani Russell, Ashley Hope Villanueva, Skylar Okerstrom-Lang, Vince Ryne, Camden Garcia, Parker Huseby, Jasmine Rogers, Ashton Muñiz, Andrew Rodriguez, Sinclair Daniel, Jamie Lowenstein, Carson McCalley, N’yomi Stewart, Chloé Lexia Worthington, Alvaro Chavez, Sim Yan Ying “YY”, Betsy Scarisbrick, Zofia Weretka, Kiaya Scott, Ciara Alyse Harris, Vienna Ayla

This experiential and ensemble-based short film, made to be viewed on a phone, explores the avalanche of online discourse and nuanced activism through TikToks, Facetimes, comments sections, and the myriad of other internet informational screentimes that have been our source of connection in 2020 and 2021. When Tripp, an attractive and queer-presenting TikTok-er is attacked in a possible hate crime, the internet reaction grows from supportive to increasingly hostile, sparking a conversation on queerbaiting and straight male worship in the age of cancel culture and Gen Z activism. Never focusing on a single character or video for more than a few minutes, the film will zoom through dozens of reactions, conversations, and personal reactions, told entirely through phone-based apps and videos.

Inspired by the New York Times article "Everyone is Gay on TikTok" by Alex Hawgood

This film was made possible with the generous support of: 
Seaview Productions
Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation
Levy & Chauviere LLC

Ken-Matt Martin

Finalist, NewFilmakers New York 2022
Semi-Finalist, Dumbo Film Festival 2022
Semi-Finalist, Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition 2022
Film Festival 2022
Semi-Finalist, Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition 2022