Heart Breaks Open

From dualpower.

A model queer activist and poet, Jesus (Maximillian Davis) prides himself in his work with the Seattle LGBT community. At the same time, Jesus is having unprotected sex and cheating on his long-time partner Johnny (Samonte Cruz). Jesus’s world implodes when he discovers that he is HIV positive, forcing him to confront his innermost fears, his relationship with his ex-boyfriend, and a future living with HIV. Faced with the unknown, Jesus is pulled from the brink of self-destruction by Sister Alysa Trailer (Brian Peters), a drag nun who leads him down a path of self-discovery.

‘heart breaks open’ was written as a four page outline and transformed to a feature-length project through a collaborative filmmaking process. Actors used improvisational acting to create dialogue and action. Documentary filmmakers captured performances using cinema verité techniques. Seattle locations and their staff were used to create an undeniable meditative realism.

URL: http://www.heartbreaksopen.com
Directors: Billie Rain
Writers: Billie Rain, Basil Shadid, Maximillian Davis, Brian Daniel Peters, Samonte Cruz, Qwo-Li Driskill
Cast: Maximillian Davis, Brian Daniel Peters, Samonte Cruz
Categories: Drama, Gay/Lesbian
Tags: drama, LGBT, Queer, Film, Fiction, Hybrid

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