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New American Cinema

Slash

Year 2016
Runtime 101 mins
Language English

Neil Vanguard is an introverted high school freshman, whose main social and sexual outlet is the erotic fan fiction he writes about the steamy sexual escapades of Vanguard, a hunky sci-fi hero. After a notebook containing Neil’s writing is exposed to his classmates, he’s befriended by the cool and nerdy Julia, who also dabbles in the world of erotic fanfic. Julia encourages Neil to publish his work in an online adult forum, and he is soon fully immersed in the world of slash – an LGBTQ sub-genre of fan fiction. As Neil and Julia explore their relationship, all comes to a climax when the two friends attend an adult fan fiction literary convention. 

A heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about two teenagers exploring sexuality through their writing, SLASH handles complex issues of self-confidence, family relations and adolescent angst, all while celebrating the outsider.

Short Before Feature: UNDECLARED MAJOR FRANCIS

Countries

United States
Festivals
SXSW; Outfest LGBT Festival
Director
Clay Liford
Executive Producer
Randy Sinquefeld, Jesse Lyda, Louis Black
Screenwriter
Clay Liford
Editor
David Fabelo, Bryan Poyser
Production Design
Chelsea Turner
Music
Curtis Heath, Lauren Sanders