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Sunday, August 27 • 5:00pm - 6:35pm
SHOUT Closing Night – Beach Rats

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Beach Rats – SHOUT Closing Night
Directed by Eliza Hittman
USA, Narrative, 85 minutes

Handsome 19-year- old Frankie stumbles recklessly through the summer, his firstwithout another year of high school ahead. He runs around with friends, drinking and drugging, he reluctantly gets a girlfriend and, more than anything else, he wrestles with his sexuality. Moving from chat rooms to the passenger seat of stranger’s cars, Frankie’s life seems to be teetering on the verge of explosion. His father is dying of cancer, his future is unclear and his behavior is dangerous.

Director Eliza Hittman’s presentation of dark, drunken and dreamy corners of Brooklyn feel like perilous foreign landscapes. The film’s cinematography (Hélène Louvart) and direction is poetically hypnotizing. The feminine approach behind the camera, combined with the masculine bodies that consistently fill the frame, flip the typical rubric and the result is a unique, androgynously beautiful, incredibly watchable work of art. Beach Rats is a welcomed warning sign that the LGBTQ cinematic landscape is changing. The film premiered this past January at the Sundance Film Festival and we are honored that it is the Closing Night Film for SHOUT 2017.

- Rachel Morgan

Sunday, August 27th
5:00 PM
Alabama Theatre
Admission included with VIP, Weekend, and Sunday Day Passes. Premium Single Tickets also available.
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The Alabama Theatre is proudly sponsored by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.
HereTV and Birmingham AIDS Outreach are proud to sponsor SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival.

Sunday August 27, 2017 5:00pm - 6:35pm CDT
Alabama Theatre