2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20


Saturday, March 19
11:00AM - 12:40PM


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Neil is an introverted, questioning high school freshman. His main social outlet is the steamy erotic fan fiction he writes about Vanguard, the brawny, galaxy-hopping hero of a popular sci-fi franchise. When his stories are exposed in class Neil is mortified, but the fearless, effortlessly cool Julia comes to his defense. An erotic fan fic writer herself, Julia pushes Neil to publish his stories to an online “adult” forum, where they quickly grab the attention of the site moderator, Denis. When Neil is invited to present his work at a comic con live-read event, he has to face the fact that Denis’ interest in him may be more than simply professional… perhaps like his own feelings for Julia.

Section: Narrative Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 100min

Director: Clay Liford

Executive Producer: Randy Sinquefield, Jesse Lyda, Louis Black

Producer: Brock Williams, Jason Wehling

Screenwriter: Clay Liford

Cinematographer: Ellie Ann Fenton

Editor: Bryan Poyser, David Fabelo

Production Designer: Chelsea Turner

Sound Designer: Eric Friend

Music: Curtis Heath & Lauren Sanders

Additional Credits: Co-Executive Producers: Morgan Coy, Kristin Johansen-Berg, Kevin Green, Neil Wilson, Co-Producer: Traci Carlson, Steven J. Berger, Associate Producer: Melissa Breaux, Jeryll Adler, Scott Colquitt, TransMedia Producer: Morgan Coy, Art Director: Scott Colquitt, Camera Operator: Chris Archer, 1st Assistant Director: Van Nguyen, Assistant to the Producers: Christian Berg

Principal Cast: Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle, Jessie Ennis, Peter Vack, Sarah Ramos


Clay Liford has written and directed three features, including WUSS (SXSW 2011, AFI 2011 Audience Award Winner) and EARTHLING (SXSW 2010). His comedy short, MY MOM SMOKES WEED, has played over forty festivals, including the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. As a DP, Clay has shot 20 features, including the award winning films ST. NICK and GAYBY.

Sales Agent: XYZ Films

Public Film Contact
Brock Williams
Boxcar Films
(573) 864-5825

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Kate Patterson



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