Directed by Damon Cardasis
FEATURE NARRATIVE 81 Minutes World Premiere
Working single mother Amara leaves her two boys at home with domineering Aunt Rose, and Rose has her eyes on the older son, Ulysses. Stealing nylons, wearing his mother’s shoes: Ulysses is just beginning to explore his identity and sexuality. When Rose demands an end to it, the boy escapes to the Village and discovers both supportive friends and the inspiration to become exactly what he is feeling inside. The problem: Rose is waiting back home. Luka Kain delivers a magnetic performance as Ulysses—who in his best moments hears music all around, and yet faces some of the worst circumstances imaginable—in this drama about finding a literal sanctum, so that you can find yourself. It’s a complicated life Ulysses leads, and Damon Cardasis’s musical coming-of-age story is all the better for tackling multiple sides of the young LGBTQ experience, with compassion and heart combined.

—Cara Cusumano
Drama, Music, New York, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, LGBT
About the Director(s)
Damon Cardasis is a two-time Writer’s Guild Award nominee, and writer/director Rebecca Miller’s producing partner. Cardasis recently produced the film Maggie’s Plan, and is currently in post-production on a documentary with HBO. Round Films is in development on a variety of projects, for film and television.

Film Info
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    US Narrative Competition
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    81 minutes
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Cast & Credits
  • Cast:
    Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Alexia Garcia, Kate Bornstein
  • Director:
    Damon Cardasis
  • Executive Producer:
    Sharon Chang, Luigi Caiola, Isabel Henderson, Lia Mayer-Sommer
  • Screenwriter:
    Damon Cardasis
  • Editor:
    Abbi Jutkowitz
  • Cinematographer:
    Hillary Fyfe Spera
  • Composer:
    Nathan Larson
  • Co-Producer:
    Kirk Michael Fellows
  • Producer:
    Mandy Tagger Brockey, Adi Ezroni, Damon Cardasis, Rebecca Miller

  • US Sales Contact
    Laura Lewis
    Creative Artists Agency
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Phone: 424 288 2000
  • Press Contact
    Scott Feinstein
    New York, New York 10016
    Phone: 212 774 3684
  • Print Source
    Isabel Henderson
    Roberto Sammy Productions
    New York, NY 10014
    Phone: 213 272 4559
  • International Sales Contact
    Maya Amsellem
    WestEnd Films
    London , W14 0EE
    Phone: +44 207 494 8300