LGBTQ+ musical drama Saturday Church is being described as Moonlight meets La La Land. Check out the trailer and make sure to add it to your ‘to-watch’ lists for the new year!
The upcoming film, Saturday Church, has been written and directed by Damon Cardasis. The cast includes Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Alexia Garcia, Kate Bornstein, Jaylin Fletcher.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Saturday Church tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as “man of the house” after the death of his father. Living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, Ulysses is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a world of fantasy filled with dance and music. Ulysses’ journey takes a turn for the better when he encounters a vibrant transgender community, who take him to “Saturday Church,” a program for LGBTQ youth. Ulysses manages to keep his two worlds apart; appeasing his aunt and discovering his passion for the NYC ball scene, and voguing, until his double life is revealed. Ulysses must find the courage to be who he truly is, all while risking losing those he cares about most.
Do check out the trailer!
While queer representation is always welcome in media, it’s especially great to see queer characters of color on the screen. Saturday Church already has a number of impressive awards under its belt. It went to win the Audience Award: Runner-Up at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017. Luka Kain also received the Best Actor award at Outfest 2017. Furthermore, it was the official selection at the BFI London Film Festival 2017.
The film’s running time is approximately 82 minutes. It’ll be distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The producers include Mandy Tagger-Brockey, Adi Ezroni, Damon Cardasis, Rebecca Miller. The executive producers are Sharon Chang, Luigi Caiola, Isabel Henderson, Lia Mayer-Sommer, Kirk Michael Fellows.
Saturday Church will open in theatres as well as on-demand and on all digital platforms on January 12, 2018. Feel free to share your thoughts with us.
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