Director: Jeremy Hersh
United States
93 minutes
Unclassified 15+

“thoroughly absorbing, granular adult drama based on difficult questions to which there are no right or wrong answer” (Hollywood Reporter)

Jess is pregnant. But it is more complicated than that. She is a surrogate for her two gay best friends. When they discover that the child will most likely be born with Down Syndrome, the moral dilemma deepens. In one of year’s best performances, Jasmine Batchelor plays Jess, a middle-class black woman of impeccable liberal credentials. She lives in a corner of the US remarkably free of racial prejudice, sexism and homophobia, but even though people start with the best of intentions, sometimes there are no easy options. This crowdfunded debut feature from Jeremy Hersh is as articulate as it is intelligent. It absolutely refuses melodrama in its depiction of people whose tragedy is that they are intent on doing the right thing.

“Lived-in performances from his excellent cast put the feelings in the forefront, showing us how painful it is to have to think through ideas about ourselves and the world we thought we understood.” (rogerebert.com)

“one of the year’s major discoveries” (moveablefest)

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Queer as Film
Premiere Australian
Language English
Director Jeremy Hersh
Producer Julie Christeas, Jonathan Blitstein, Taylor Hess
Screenwriters Jeremy Hersh
Cinematographer Mia Cioffi Henry
Editor Cecilia Delgado
Cast Jasmine Batchelor, Chris Perfetti, Sullivan Jones
Accolades SXSW, 2020
Genre Drama, Gay/Lesbian

Screens with: Wishes Fulfilled

Director: Madeline Gordon, Paul Gallasch
Australia, United States
9 minutes
Unclassified 15+

In this uncanny comedy, the actors play heightened versions of themselves. An estranged couple visit an in-law with their newborn, evolving into an outlandish confrontation of motherhood and the pangs of parenting.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Language English
Director Madeline Gordon, Paul Gallasch
Producer Paul Gallasch
Screenwriters Madeline Gordon, Paul Gallasch
Cinematographer Paul Gallasch
Editor Paul Gallasch, Madeline Gordon
Cast Susan Mayer, Paul Gallasch, Augustine Gallasch
Genre Black Comedy, Family