2016 Schedule

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

These C*cksucking Tears

Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:30PM


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In 1973, the son of a tenant dairy farmer wrote, sang, and released the first gay-themed country music album. With only 1000 copies made, the album soon disappeared. Forty years later, LAVENDER COUNTRY was rediscovered and lauded by critics as 'resonant and wonderful... a rare act of bravery and honesty.' THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS is about Pat Haggerty - the voice behind the album, now in his 70s and singing 'old songs to old folks' at senior living facilities - as his long-dormant musical dream comes back to life. The film explores the roots of his courage, the politics of 'country', and his relationship to Nashville - where 'you can come out as gay but you can't get up and sing about it.'

Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Country: United States
Year: 2016
Runtime: 15min

Director: Dan Taberski

Producer: Dan Taberski, Christy Lamb

Cinematographer: Damon Hoydysh

Editor: David Mehlman

Sound Designer: James Foster

Music: Patrick Haggerty and the Lavender Country Band

Additional Credits: Sound: Damon Hoydysh, Paul Stula, Additional Photography: Joshua Z. Weinstein, Colorist: Ashley Ayarza

Principal Cast: Patrick Haggerty, Jayson Greene, Brendan Greaves, Christopher Smith, Jack Moriarity


Dan Taberski is a director, producer, and writer of television and film. He's created several television series, including kids show DESTROY BUILD DESTROY on Cartoon Network. A former producer for THE DAILY SHOW W/JON STEWART, he previously worked on economic policy in the Clinton White House. THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS is his first film.

Distributor: Dan Taberski

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