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Direction: Damon Cardasis
Production: Adi Ezroni, Mandy Tagger, Damon Cardasis
Cast: Luka Kain, Regina Taylor
U.S., 2017, 82 min., English with Hebrew subtitles
Tribeca Film Festival 2017
San Francisco LGBT Film Festival 2017 – Best First Feature
Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival 2017 – Best Actor
Ulysses is a shy, effeminate boy of 14, who keeps his gender identity a secret from his environment. His father’s death places new responsibility on his shoulders. Life with his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt are stifling; he escapes to a world of fantasy, dancing, and music. Thanks to a chance meeting with a group of transgender and queer youths he discovers that his local church holds weekly Saturday evening meetings for LGBT teens, where he falls in love for the first time. For a while he manages to keep his two spheres of existence separate, but when his aunt discovers his true identity, he must choose between living a lie and the people who truly care about him.
This debut feature by producer Damon Cardasis is a moving musical drama that looks candidly at a young person confronting his identity and sexuality for the first time. Despite its serious subject matter, the Saturday Church is a sweet, honest film. Viewers are advised to notice leading ladies M.J. Rodriguez and Indya Moore, who star in the new Ryan Murphy series Pose.
Director and producer in attendance.