When I was 9, my father took me hunting where I killed a small deer that stood terrified in front of us. I felt so pressured to be someone I am not - I would often try to bury that person by any means necessary. I thought going into the woods with my father would give me a chance at a normal life, but instead, it became one of my worst, most vivid memories.
Filmmaking has always been a means of catharsis for me. I write about subjects that are close to home because I want to figure them out. Though this is a fictionalized story, there are pieces of reality sprinkled throughout. Holding onto that truth - Moe's truth as well as my own is my main objective.
I hope by making this film and continuing to tell stories like this, that LGBTQ+ youth will soon grow up with the freedom to be unapologetically themselves. That kids will grow up knowing they are perfect exactly the way they are, and they don’t need to feel shame or guilt in their identity.
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
witten and directed by mae mann
producers: james masino and pablo martinez arastey
cinematographer: htat lin htut
production designer: lexy pazul
sound supervisor: nicolás ramirez
ava capri as moe
sydney park as charlotte
tim guinee as charles
julian elijah martinez as jay