Socks On Fire

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At the French Institute:

SUN 19/06 6.15pm
Presented by Xavier Lezcano and Josep María Machado, directors of the Americana Film Festival

Title: Socks On Fire
Direction: Bo McGuire
Cast: Bo McGuire, Carron Clark, Chuck Duck, Michael Patrick Nicholson, Odessa Young
Production: Blanton Boles
Distribution: Tatiana Bears
Genre: documentary
Duration: 93’
Country: USA
Year: 2020
O.V. in English. Subtitles in Spanish

Festivals: Amsterdam (documentaries), Atlanta, Hot Springs (USA), Birmingham (USA), Indianapolis (Heartland), Los Angeles (LGTBI), Miami & Fort Lauderdale (LGTBI), Lisbon (LGTBI), Nashville, New Orleans, New York (Tribeca), San Francisco, Seattle (LGTBI), Virginia (USA), Zagreb (documentaries)

First showing in Spain

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.