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IDFA 2020

Socks on Fire

Bo McGuire
United States
2020
93 min
International Premiere
Festival history

In this lyrically styled autobiographical documentary packed with competing emotions, Bo McGuire returns to his hometown of Hokes Bluff, Alabama. Home movies from his childhood show a happy family, but things fall apart following the death of his much-loved grandmother. McGuire always felt a strong connection with both his free-spirited Aunt Sharon and his playful Uncle John, the drag queen of the family. The tragedy lies in the fact that Sharon became homophobic, and she kicked John out of Grandma’s house. What lay behind these events?

For this, his first full-length documentary, McGuire, who is queer himself, assembled a bold and intimate totality from multiple elements: poetic reflections; conversations with his mother, Uncle John, and others; old video material; and scenes recreated with actors—with the part of Sharon played by a man. The director’s study of his family and his own coming-of-age evolves into a reflection on identity, happiness, and the magic of the woods behind his grandmother’s house. It is also a homage to the many important women in his life. The film won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Credits
Director
Executive producer
    Julie Goldman,
    Chris Clements,
    Carolyn Hepburn,
    Jenifer Westphal for Wavelength Productions,
    Joe Plummer for Wavelength Productions,
    Ken Pelletier for NiKA Media
Cinematography
    Matt Clegg
    Matt Clegg
Animation
    Nic Koller
    Nic Koller
Editing
    Max Allman
    Max Allman
Sound Design
    Tommy Stang
    Tommy Stang
Screenplay
Music
    Casey Wayne McAllister
    Casey Wayne McAllister
Screening copy
    Blanton Boles Productions
    Blanton Boles Productions

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