by Travis Mathews
USA 2017, 80 min.
A haunting past threatens to undermine one man's journey toward emotional peace.
After years in hiding and struggling to control his demons, an eccentric drifter returns home and discovers that his childhood abuser, the center of his pain, is still alive. Armed with this knowledge, the drifter plots his revenge, all the while navigating through the perilous land of mascualine fragility in modern-day America.
Special Mention by the Experimental Film Award jury - ZINEGOAK Bilbao International LGBT FF 2018
World Premiere: Berlinale 2017 - Panorama
Guadalajara IFF 2017
Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT FF 2017
San Francisco IFF 2017
Appalachian Queer FF 2017
Off Camera IFF 2017
Outfest Los Angeles 2017
GAZE International LGBT FF 2017
Vancouver Queer FF 2017
BUT FF 2017
Austin Gay & Lesbian IFF 2017
Perth International Queer FF 2017
Oslo/Fusion IFF 2017
Raindance FF 2017
Rio de Janeiro IFF 2017
Panorama of European Cinema 2017
Denver FF 2017
Mix Brasil FF 2017
exground FF 2017
Santo Domingo OutFest 2017
Fish&Chips FF 2018
ZINEGOAK Bilbao International LGBT FF 2018
Brisbane Queer FF 2018
Cast & Crew
Jonny Mars, Atsuko Okatsuka, Joy Cunninham, Jordan Elsass, João Federici
Producers: Don Swaynos, João Federici, Jonny Mars, Travis Mathews, Chris Ohlson, PJ Raval
Since 2000, Travis Mathews has been working as a director, screenwriter, editor and producer. Most recently, Mathews collaborated with James Franco to make the docufiction, Interior. Leather Bar. Of the film, The New York Times said it was “one of the sharpest, best surprises” of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film screened in over 75 festivals internationally, including Berlinale and Rotterdam, and was released theatrically by Strand Releasing in early 2014.
Mathews’ feature narrative debut, I Want Your Love (2012) about a group of gay San Francisco friends, premiered at the Frameline Film Festival, screened in dozens of international festivals, and was called “a bold film with rare insight into the uncensored lives of a generation of gay men” by filmmaker, Andrew Haigh (Weekend). In 2014, Mathews was an OUT 100 recipient and a two time SFFS/KRF grant recipient.
A self-taught filmmaker, Mathews’ body of work focuses on gay male intimacy and masculinity, and is informed by a Masters in Counseling Psychology.