Director Bo McGuire had a packed house for his Socks on Fire Outfest screening Saturday night. The gothic potboiler of a documentary is a stylized family drama about being queer in the south. The audience was treated to free trucker caps and live performances by Biqtch Puddin’, Vander Von Odd, and Meatball.
The plot centers around a rural Alabama family battling over an inheritance. Via Outfest:
When the matriarch of a large Southern family passes away with no will in place, the family is torn apart by a bitter battle over her estate. Old family wounds are opened as the filmmaker’s once beloved aunt, now a religious homophobe, endeavors to cast out her gay, drag-queen brother from the family. Filled with Southern lyricism, and cinematic beauty, this Tribeca prize winning film is an intimate family portrait of growing up queer in the South.
Here’s the trailer presented at Atlanta:
During the Q&A after the screening with Platinum programmer Tiffany Naiman, McGuire noted that the largest LGBTQIA+ population is in the south, and that he’d love to see more films about the topic.
Images: Andrea James / World of Wonder / Outfest