WOW Films and ASD Media & Entertainment are pleased to announce that their short film, HIDING IN DAYLIGHT, has been selected as one of 29 finalists to screen at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2019. Directed by first-time director Cheryl Allison of Dallas, TX, and written and co-produced by Gregory G. Allen of Hawthorne, NJ, the 15-minute film depicts the inequalities of the LGBT community in America after a gay purge.
"Although our film is fiction, it is a brutal reality for many in the LGBT community,” says director Cheryl Allison. “After seeing HIDING IN DAYLIGHT, it is my hope that audiences will realize the cost of complacency and feel motivated to speak up and take action against the ongoing discrimination toward our community. As an out and proud lesbian, I am honored to have made my directorial debut about such important subject matter that hits very close to home."
Since its inception in 1997, the American Pavilion has held this ‘festival within a festival’ to showcase up-and-coming filmmakers, providing them a chance to connect to those in the film industry at Cannes while having their own films featured in a juried competition. HIDING IN DAYLIGHT premiered at the Oxford Film Festival in February and is scheduled to screen at numerous international festivals including the USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas and the Newport Beach Film Festival in California (both in April) and the Hoboken International Film Festival in May. The film won three IndiFest film award Honors of Excellence in LGBT Film, Direction, and Scriptwriting.
“I felt I had to write this story as a wake-up call to those who believe everything is good in the LGBT community,” says screenwriter and co-producer, Gregory G. Allen. “I am most excited when I hear those outside the community speaking at festivals about how our film makes them feel -- how something like this could actually happen, and that they question what they can do now to stop it from occurring.”
The producers believe the 50th Anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots is a perfect time to release a film that continues the fight for LGBT equality. While many strides have been made in the LGBT community, numerous setbacks have occurred around the globe that highlight the fact that lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered members of our society are once again caught in the midst of a battle.
HIDING IN DAYLIGHT is co-produced by Cheryl Allison and Carina Rush of WOW Films along with Gregory G. Allen of ASD Media. The film stars Judy McLane, Jim Newman, Julee Cerda, and Gary Hilborn; Jeff Turick is the director of photography. For more information about the film as well as upcoming screenings, visit www.hidingindaylight.com.