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DO I SOUND GAY?

Expected to Attend: David Thorpe (Director), Howard Gertler (Producer), Dan Cogan, (Executive Producer), Jenny Raskin (Coproducer), Matt Bockelman (DP), David Briggs (Sound Editor)

OPENING NIGHT FILM

US PREMIERE After a breakup with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about “sounding gay.” Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people—both gay and straight—often wish for a different voice. What starts out as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity and self-esteem.

Thorpe gains frank and funny perspectives from public figures such as comedian Margaret Cho, actor George Takei, sex-advice columnist Dan Savage, fashion guru Tim Gunn and writer David Sedaris. Drawing upon movie and television clips, the film traces a cultural history of the gay voice—ranging from closeted icons to a notable string of cartoon villains—which places Thorpe’s self-consciousness in a broader context and illuminates the complexity at play in this seemingly personal issue.

Teamed with award-winning producer Howard Gertler (Shortbus, How to Survive a Plague), Thorpe makes for a winning and sympathetic guide who doesn’t shy away from confronting taboos and vulnerabilities that often go unexpressed.

Q&A moderated by Mike Albo

Click Here for A Great Clip featuring David Sedaris

This screening is co-presented by NewFest.

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Galas

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Official Site: http://www.doisoundgay.com
On Twitter: doisoundgay
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doisoundgay
Director: DAVID THORPE
Producer: David Thorpe, Howard Gertler
Cinematographer: Matt Bockelman
Editor: Maeve O'Boyle
Music: John Turner
Running Time: 77
Language: English, French
Country: USA
Year: 2014