Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
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Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
USA, 2012, 93 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Topics: Biopic, Gay/Lesbian
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: English

Jimmy Dean as you have never seen him before! A movie that’s both timeless and “outside of time,” Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean has the classic compositions of a classical Hollywood film from the 50s (much of it in gorgeous black and white), the boundary-pushing sexuality of the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s, and yet in other ways it feels strikingly modern.

Inspired by the facts, and maybe some of the fictions, surrounding the too-short life of the Rebel Without a Cause icon, the movie is a poetic rumination on the dream of being a star and its subsequent costs. In the title role, James Preston (TV’s The Gates) captures the confidence and the talent of the 20-year-old Dean, but also his appetite for fame, intimacy, and sex from both men and women. An early conquest and central character is known only as “The Roommate,” a friend from acting school who shares an apartment with him. Other characters are also granted teasing anonymity, like “The Roommate’s Mother” (Erin Daniels, The L Word) and “The Famous Director” (Robert Gant, Queer As Folk).

“Mesmerizing and sexy.” David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

Actor James Preston, director Matthew Mishory and producer/actor Edward Singletary, Jr. expected to attend both screenings

DIRECTOR: Matthew Mishory
Producer: Randall Walk, Edward Singletary, Jr., Robert Zimmer, Jr.
Editor: Chris Kirkpatrick
Screenwriter: Matthew Mishory
Cinematographer: Michael Marius Pessah
Music: Steven Severin, Arban Severin
Principal Cast: James Preston, Dan Glenn, Dalilah Rain, Edward Singletary, Erin Daniels, Robert Gant
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Wolfe Releasing -

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