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  • Argenta Community Theater 405 Main Street North Little Rock, AR, 72114 United States (map)


Directed by Clay Liford

Fantastic Cinema Spotlight Screening



USA, 2016, 100 mins

An effortlessly engaging dramedy that somehow manages to sustain an air of buoyant sweetness even while repeatedly referencing erotic fantasies and sexual anxieties.
— Variety

AWARDS: Las Vegas Film Festival (BEST SCREENPLAY)
OFFICIAL SELECTION: SXSW (World Premiere), Seattle International Film Festival, BAM Cinema Fest, Frameline, Outfest

Neil is an introverted, questioning high school freshman. His main social outlet is the steamy erotic fan fiction he writes about Vanguard, the brawny, galaxy-hopping hero of a popular sci-fi franchise. When his stories are exposed in class Neil is mortified, but the fearless, effortlessly cool Julia comes to his defense. An erotic fan fic writer herself, Julia pushes Neil to publish his stories to an online “adult” forum, where they quickly grab the attention of the site moderator, Denis. When Neil is invited to present his work at a comic con live-read event, he has to face the fact that Denis’ interest in him may be more than simply professional… perhaps like his own feelings for Julia.

The Director

Clay Liford | Writer/Director

Clay Liford has written and directed three features, including WUSS (SXSW 2011, AFI 2011 Audience Award Winner) and EARTHLING (SXSW 2010). His comedy short, MY MOM SMOKES WEED, has played over forty festivals, including the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. As a DP, Clay has shot 20 features, including the award winning films ST. NICK and GAYBY.