Photos Courtesy: CINEJOY

SILICON VALLEY, CA -- Since CINEQUEST Film Festival was founded in San José, California in 1990, thousands of filmmakers, from around the world, have been presenting in it a variety of films's subjects to their audience.

When the festival started, not all the films exhibited in CINEQUEST appeal to the Film Critics. Some of the films presented, did not have structure, or message and look like "works in progress," a few still lacked technique from their young creators, but by being shown to an audience and maybe critizided by them, these filmmakers learned something. So, year after year, CINEQUEST's films began getting better and better, like a person growing up, and CINEQUEST films started taking a unique shape, were different from other films in other festivals, became the films, that when their images hit our eyes, they touch our hearts.

CINEQUEST'S  FILMS now are "trend setters."  Films that one remberbers because they made us ponder, encouraged us to search our hearts and examine our core values. Ask ourselves: Who am I as a Christian? or member of other religion.  Who am I as an American? or citizen of other country. Who am I as a human being?  Gossmer Folds. The film that opened CINEQUEST VIRTUAL, CINEJOY this month on November 4th, is one of those films.

Witten by Bridget Flanery, Produced by Yeardley Smith and Jordan Foley Directed by Lisa Donato and edited by Alex Blatt, the film may be described as the story of two men 
who are completely different.  One of them is Black, the other is White.  One is 24 year old, the other, a 10 year old boy. But the "thing" both have in common, is that in these particular time, these two men are suffering, The boy, because he is experiencing the disintegration of his family (his parents are divorcing) the man, because he is confused by with his homosexuality.

In the film, we meet Tate (Jackson Robert Scott) the boy, looking puzzled as he glances at the houses of his new neighborhood from the back seat window of his mother's car, We meet George Bryan (Alexandra Grey) the man, looking at his broad back, as he, sitting on a fancy dresser crowded with expensive bottles of cosmetics, sprays his long kinky black hair staring at himself on the mirror, as the camera ZOOMS IN on a pill bottle allowing us to read the prescription as Premarin 2Mg and the patient's name of George Bryan

The next shot, shows the next day, and it is an outdoor shot of Tate, tossing water on the lawn in the front garden of his house from a bucket. as he observes George, his next door neighbor, who dressed as a woman, displaying part of her large breasts under her blouse, is singing, with a woman's voice, as she hangs women's clothes on a rope extended over their lawn.

Tate, a sensitive, curious boy likes learning new words, and he does it by walking around carrying a small dictionary with him. When he hears a new word, the boy immediately looks it up in his dictionary and learns its meaning. Listening to his father description of George, he learns three new words:  Transgender, deviant and freak.

Tate's family, his mother Frannie (Sprague Grayden) and specially Edward his father, (Franklin Ojeda-Smith) react to the fact that they are going to be  living next door to  these neighbors: George's  father, an elderly Black man, Jimbo ( Ethan Suplee) a forty something white man,  and George who calls himself  Gossmer, a word that Tate's dictionary describes as the name of something as delicate as a thin film, a cobweb or something really fragile.

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Tate (Jackson Robert Scott) looking at words at night in his dictionary

And as tensions get worse in Tate's (pictured above) family and his father moves out of the house, we the audience, are given a chance to get to know George. In his femenine personality, Gossmer, works as a hooker, but is also a very creative and talented seamstress who designs and sews dresses for actresses. Gossmer likes to wear makeup. and is careful about "her" looks, With a body of a big athletic man, "she" knows how to ride a skateboard, and how to ride bicycles. His femenine streak also likes gardening, is gentle and cares deeply for people. Sadly, George as Gossmer, is extremely fragile.

  And as the story goes on, the   freak as Edward described George, starts letting the movie audience get to know him. little by little. showing us all the different aspects of his  personality, and as we get to know him. Little by little the audience starts forgetting that even when he is different from us,  in his sexual preferences, there are things in his character and as a human being, that we admire about him and respect him for. And after understanding this, we no longer feel any prejudice for this man because of his skin color, or for being transsexual. We discover that even when George never changed, we did. That in our way of thinking, we grew up. Watching the movie managed to open our hearts and and taught us to accept George as he is, because people ought to be accepted as they are. And as Gossmer wrote to Tate, in her last note, we did learn from her, that our only duty in life is to DEFINE OURSELVES.

Affordable individual event and screening tickets for Cinequest Virtual, Entitled CINEJOY November 4-14 Globally could be ordered from www.cinequest.org

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