Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, "1985" follows Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, "Gotham"), a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother (Aidan Langford) and estranged childhood friend (Jamie Chung), as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis).

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Yen Tan




Director: Yen Tan
Executive Producer: Clay Floren, Clay Pecorin, Aimee Shieh, Russell Geyser, Cory Michael Smith, Nancy Schafer, Ian Brownell, Monte Zajicek, Stacey Davis, Grey Sample, Brooke Christian, Brent Brewer, Brett Brewer
Producer: HutcH, Ash Christian
Screenwriter: Yen Tan
Cinematographer: HutcH
Editor: HutcH, Yen Tan
Production Designer: Brittany Ingram
Sound Designer: Eric Friend
Music: Curtis Heath, Dutch Rall
Principal Cast: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung, Aidan Langford, Ryan Piers Williams, Tina Parker
Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Kat Candler, Co-Producer: Mark Osborn, Associate Producer: Geenah Krisht, Associate Producer: Kelly Williams, Associate Producer: Jonathan Duffy, Associate Producer: Richard C. Jones, Associate Producer: Lawrence S. Dickerson, Associate Producer: Lisa Jenkins, Costume Designer: Nichole Hull


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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Drama, LGBTQ
Screening Section: Visions
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 85:06 mins