Written, directed by, and starring James Sweeney, Straight Up sees the homosexual Asian-American query his identification and enter a romantic relationship with a girl, “leaving intercourse and bodily intimacy out of it.”
‘Straight Up’ is James Sweeney’s characteristic debut.
The idea for Straight Up, which James’ co-star and on-screen love curiosity Katie Findlay describes “as a love letter to the in-betweens,” stemmed from James’ personal loneliness, in response to the director himself.
“As a homosexual man,” James says, “sure, it will get higher, however that does not imply it will get nice.” Whereas relationship is difficult for everybody, he provides, “queer folks have fewer potential soul mates.” The concept for his characteristic debut developed from there.
James began engaged on the script for Straight Up again in 2013. “We made a proof of idea again in 2016 for Fox Digital known as Regular Doorways,” a brief movie based mostly on the characteristic script. However Fox needed to forged influencers, “and I used to be actually intent on casting myself,” James says, so he and Fox Digital parted methods following the quick.
“In 2018,” the rising indie star continues, “I used to be like I’ve to make this film earlier than I die, and if it does not occur now, it is by no means going to occur.” Because of crowdfunding, “luck, privilege, gifted associates, and a sheer pressure of will,” the movie was in a position to get made with a funds below 250Okay.
Cannot get sufficient of James? Watch a few of his different initiatives.
James is unquestionably value a observe on Instagram, the place he shares attractive images of hallways, associates, and nature. However in response to the author, director and actor’s IMDb web page, there are lots different quick movies you may catch him in.
For instance, the Alaska native seems within the quick movies David, Earlier than Midnight Cowboy, #BadNewsBiebs, Increase Field Youngsters, and Rising Above, the primary three of which he additionally wrote and directed.
James can be credited with having written for Whats up, My Identify Is Abigail; The First; and I Had Intercourse With Bradan Palecky.
You may as well watch Regular Doorways, the quick proof of idea he made forward of Straight Up, on Vimeo, right here.
Straight Up arrives to Netflix on June 26.