Socks On Fire
At the French Institute:
SUN 19/06 6.15pm
Presented by Xavier Lezcano and Josep María Machado, directors of the Americana Film Festival
When the matriarch of a large Southern family passed without a written will, her children became embroiled in a bitter fight over their mother’s estate. The fracas prompted director Bo McGuire to return home to Hokes Bluff, Alabama, to document the mounting standoff between his two childhood idols—his now-homophobic aunt and his out-and-proud gay uncle—in a battle that threatens to tear apart multiple generations of a formerly tight-knit tribe. In the process of investigating this epic family feud, McGuire also reflects on his own coming-of-age as a queer youth in the rural South. Socks On Fire is both a tribute to the filmmaker’s beloved grandmother and a first-person saga of a clan riven by petty jealousies and old wounds, fueled by one member’s deep-seated homophobia. Blending home videos and intimate interviews with masterful reenactments—including the ingenious casting of local drag queens—McGuire paints a riveting picture of a house divided.