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Straight Up

Director: James Sweeney
Magnolia :: Narrative Features
Running Time:95:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
4:15 PM EST
Thursday, November 14
Thalian Main
10:00 AM EST
Saturday, November 16
Thalian Main

Writer: James Sweeney
Cinematographer: Greg Cotten
Casting Director: Jessica Munks
Cast: Katie Findlay, James Sweeney, Randall Park, Betsy Brandt

Sexual orientation is a slippery slope in James Sweeney’s talkative and hilarious comedy. Outrageous one-liners and frank truths pop up all over this romantic journey through the hip world of young creatives in Los Angeles. Sweeney stars as Todd, an OCD gay twenty-something who finds his intellectual soul mate in a Rory, a struggling actress with her own personal challenges. Charming and playful, Straight Up is a fun and fast zip through the shifting sands of dating and sexual identity in the 21st century. This unlikely romantic comedy is full of great performances and truly unforgettable lines.    


James Sweeney grew up near the Yellow Rock in Eagle River, Alaska. His previous short films include Normal Doors and Long Time Distance, a segment of the anthology Bushwick Beats. Straight Up is his feature debut. Sweeney is based in Los Angeles, though he rarely leaves the valley.

Screening with:
Pep Talk
Director: Rachel Wolther / 4:38
Coach O’Neill peps herself up before her big pep talk.