GOSSAMER FOLDS: Trailer, Production Stills & Festival Announcements

Posted by samantha on July 23 2020

Last night the official Gossamer Folds instagram updated to say that although they had planned to begin the film festival circuit in May – due to Covid-19 that obviously wasn’t possible. So for the moment they are going to be attending some virtual film festivals – and they also shared a new production still of Shane as Billy! I have added it to the gallery for you to check out as well as 2 others which you might have have already seen! So far it seems that Gossamer Folds will be attending the fifth annual TEXAS WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL – and as the closing film – such an honor! There will be a cast Q&A following the screening but at the moment there are no details as to which cast members (fingers crossed for Shane!)

The lineup focuses solely on the work of visionary female filmmakers, including many based in Texas. There’s also an emphasis on documentaries and on LGBTQIA+ themes.

The opening film is Tahara, a teenage comedy by Olivia Peace, and the closer is Gossamer Folds by Lisa Donato.

Gossamer Folds is set in 1986 and follows a 10-year-old boy whose parents are having marriage troubles and who finds solace in a friendship with his next-door neighbors: a retired college professor and his transgender daughter, Gossamer. It’s a high-wattage cast with Alexandra Gray, Sprague Greyden, Shane West, Ethan Suplee, Jen Richards, and Yeardley Smith.

Some films will be exclusive screenings with a set time, but most can be viewed at any time, starting August 13 at 5 pm until midnight August 16.

Q&As and panels are still to be announced, and will be posted online at wtxff.eventive.org/.

Source: Culture Map Dallas

Gossamer Folds will also be screening at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival:

Other movies to screen at the Bentonville festival this year include a world premiere for Sujata Day’s Definition Please, starring Katrina Bowden and LeVar Burton; Lisa Donato’s Gossamer Folds; Lanie Zipoy’s The Subject, starring Jason Biggs and Aunjanue Ellis; and Hisonni Johnson’s Take Out Girl, where a desperate 20-year-old Asian girl parlays her Chinese food delivery expertise into a profitable drug hustle.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

And – last but not least – on the Bentonville Film Festival official site you can view the first official trailer for Gossamer Folds and as always, Shane is amazing! He is so great at playing bad, I can’t wait to see him as Billy – as nasty a character as he is – check it out below! Screencaptures have been added to the gallery.

[Casting] Shane joins ‘Gossamer Folds’

Posted by samantha on November 15 2018

Great news fellow Westaholics – Shane has joined the cast of ‘Gossamer Folds‘ which has already began production in Baton Rouge (and we are also so excited that Shane is finally getting the chance to film a movie in his home state after working in the business for 20+ years!)  – you can read the press release from Deadline.com below where it shares some information on the plot and also Shane’s character.

I personally am looking forward to this project so much and I am also so excited to see Shane take on new and interesting characters.

EXCLUSIVE: Yeardley Smith and Ben Cornwell’s Paperclip Ltd and Mill House Motion Pictures announced today that their forthcoming drama Gossamer Folds starring Alexandra Grey (Transparent, When We Rise) and Jackson Robert Scott (It) has begun production. The Lisa Donato-directed film written by Bridget Flanery has also added Sprague Grayden, Shane West, Ethan Suplee, and Franklin Ojeda Smith.

Yeardley Smith will also appear along with Brenda Currin (In Cold Blood, The World According to Garp) and Jen Richards (Mrs. Fletcher, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City). Ava Benjamin Shorr (Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, Baja Come Down) serves as DP.

The film is set in 1986 and tells the story of ten-year-old Tate (Scott) who is uprooted from the big city and unceremoniously moved to a small town where he is forced to spend a lonely summer bearing witness to his parents’ disintegrating marriage (West and Grayden). Tate ends up befriending his new next-door neighbors, recently retired English professor, Edward Bryant (Ojeda Smith) and his transgender daughter, Gossamer, (Grey). Despite his father’s knee-jerk transphobia and his mother’s misplaced protectiveness, Tate forms a deep friendship with fellow misfit, Gossamer that changes his life and the lives of their families.

The announcement of the project continues Hollywood’s slow and steady campaign for authentic representation and narratives of marginalized communities. In the case of Gossamer Folds, its transgender representation with Tate and LGBTQ advocate Donato behind the camera as director. Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Media & Representation at GLAAD, advised the project during pre-production. Paperclip reached out to GLAAD after reading the TRANSform Hollywood guide created by GLAAD and 5050by2020, a project of Time’s Up. These resources are designed to help content creators who are telling stories that include transgender characters.

Gossamer Folds is financed by Paperclip Ltd. Smith and Cornwell of Paperclip will produce alongside Jordan Foley and Jonathan Rosenthal of Mill House Motion Pictures and Adam Carl. The project is the third collaboration between Paperclip and Mill House. The two worked on All Square, which won the Audience Award at SXSW 2018. They also worked on the John Hyams thriller Alone which is slated for a 2019 release.

Grayden is represented by Untitled Entertainment and AKA Talent Agency. Franklin Ojeda Smith is represented by Headline Talent Agency and Bohemia Group.

Alexandra Grey is repped by GVA Talent Agency and Zero Gravity Management. Jackson Robert Scott is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group and Artistic Endeavors. Shane West is repped by Paradigm and Management 360. Sprague Grayden is repped by Untitled Entertainment and AKA Talent Agency. Franklin Ojeda Smith is repped by Headline Talent Agency and Bohemia Group. Lisa Donato is Repped by Michael Kolodny at Kaplan Stahler and managed by Mainstay Entertainment. – Source: Deadline.com

Another article provides what Shane’s character name is, Billy Millikin – Source: BroadwayWorld.com

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