Gossamer Folds

Director: Lisa Donato
2020 | USA | 96m
GENRE: Black/African American | Discrimination | Drama | Parenting/Family | Racism | Trans Women/Transfeminine | Transgender
SECTION: Famous Faces | US Feature
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with director Lisa Donato, producer and actor Yeardley Smith, actor Alexandra Grey, and actor Jen Richards.


Featuring an excellent ensemble cast of familiar faces and original music from Sarah McLachlan, the directorial debut of Lisa Donato (co-screenwriter of festival fave Signature Move, Frameline41) is a heartfelt tale of big dreams and unlikely friendships in 1986 suburban Missouri. Bored with his new home and looking for an escape from his parents’ constant arguments, vocabulary-obsessed 9-year old Tate Millikin (Jackson Robert Scott, It) sparks a strong bond with two of his neighbors: a Black transwoman named Gossamer (Alexandra Grey, Empire) and her retired English professor father Edward (Franklin Ojeda Smith, Boardwalk Empire).

Tate finds in Gossamer and Edward what he desperately lacks from his parents: guidance, care, and respect… not to mention being introduced to all sorts of new words. But as threats to separate the group begin to mount—all while Gossamer entertains the idea of following her dreams to NYC—Tate must accept the possibility of losing the first meaningful friendships he’s ever had. Jen Richards, Yeardley Smith, Shane West, and Sprague Grayden also star in this poignant drama.


Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 1:30pm Sunday, September 20 followed by the Q&A.


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