Straight Up

Director: James Sweeney
2019 | USA | 95m
GENRE: Asian Pacific American | Comedy | Coming Out | Drama | Gay | Romance
SECTION: Showcase | US Feature
Expected Guests: Director/Star James Sweeney, Actors Katie Findlay, Brendan Scannell, and Dana Drori

Meet Todd. Favorite film: Legally Blonde. Strong opinions about decorative pillows. Dislikes bodily fluids. Currently experiencing a sexual identity crisis. Having still not met his soulmate while dating men and fearing he’ll spend his life alone, Todd throws himself into the heterosexual dating pool. Enter Rory. Aspiring actress. Hates cats. Biting wit and a great vocabulary. An intellectual match made in heaven! But can a (probably) gay man and a straight woman add up to a truly happy couple?

Quick-witted (and with even quicker dialogue) and with an excellent cast that includes How to Get Away with Murder's Katie Findlay as Rory, Tracie Thoms (Rent), Randall Park (Aquaman), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), and Brendan Scannell (star of Bonding, Frameline42), Straight Up channels the spirit of a Nora Ephron romantic comedy while shaking up the genre’s tropes and staples in the process. Frameline audiences will recognize multi-hyphenate filmmaker James Sweeney from his previous shorts Before Midnight Cowboy (Frameline40) and David (Frameline42). With Straight Up, his hotly-anticipated first feature film, Sweeney mines the depths of our collective anxieties around loneliness, relationships, and love for the perfect modern thinking person’s date night movie.

— LAURA HENNEMAN

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  • Premiere Status: World