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Discreet

Saturday, April 08, 2017
9:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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Director Travis Mathews expected.

Description

In the provocative new feature from San Francisco-based filmmaker Travis Mathews (Interior. Leather Bar., 2013) a troubled drifter named Alex (Jonny Mars, A Teacher, 2013), travelling cross country in an old van, makes a pit stop in his hometown in rural Texas awash in right-wing talk radio. A quick visit with his estranged mother, who has recently gotten sober after several relapses, uncovers a startling revelation that forces Alex to confront demons of his past that he long thought dead and buried. As Alex struggles to reconcile with the unexpected news, he falls into a dangerous spiral of self-exploration that brings a collection of unusual unsuspecting people into his orbit, including a bored, local teenage boy; a YouTube spiritual guru (Atsuko Okatsuka, Littlerock, 2010); and a mysterious figure from his past. With Discreet, Matthews expertly takes the audience through a challenging and kaleidoscopic journey, including provocative and kinky online hook-ups, into the underbelly of small-town America to bear witness to its prevailing cycles of sexual and emotional need, its depravity and pain. Screens with Jay Rosenblatt's Scared Very Scared (7 min), a meditation on Trump's America. —Joe Bowman

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Born in Ohio in 1975, San Francisco-based writer/director Travis Mathews transitioned from a Masters in Counseling Psychology to filmmaking with his documentary short, In Their Room: San Francisco (2009), the first in a series of films about gay male intimacy in the new millennium. He continued his exploration of sexuality into feature films with I Want Your Love (2012) and a collaboration with James Franco, Interior. Leather Bar. (2013), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Film Details
  • Premiere status: U.S.
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 80
  • Director(s): Travis Mathews
  • Producer(s): Don Swaynos, João Federici, Jonny Mars, Travis Mathews, Chris Ohlson, PJ Raval
  • Writer(s): Travis Mathews
  • Cinematographer(s): Drew Xanthopoulos
  • Editor(s): Don Swaynos, Travis Mathews
  • Music: Mark Degli Antoni
  • With: Jonny Mars, Atsuko Okatsuka, Joy Cunningham

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