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
This screening is co-presented by NewFest.