On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences. Eliza Hittman’s award-winning Sundance Film Festival hit is a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.
Vanity Fair has published an interesting article on the difficulty of getting financing and support for LGBTQ-themed films – even in this day and age (and even when a major talent is attached behind the camera). Journalist Nick Romano collected the thoughts of numerous LGBTQ directors working today to get their reflection on the current cinema climate.
Included are Andrew Ahn (Spa Night), Ira Sachs (Love is Strange, Keep the Lights On, The Delta), Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader, Itty Bitty Titty Committee), Justin Kelly (I Am Michael), Eliza Hittman (Beach Rats) and Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest).