Saturday, April 08, 2006

Elliot Loves: A Dominican-American boy comes of age in New York

Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter said that Mythgarden and Funny Boy Films are teaming up to produce a gay coming-of-age story called "Elliot Loves" (Funny Boy Films has previously released "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me," "Later Days" and "Adam & Steve" while Mythgarden counts Queer as Folk's Robert Gant and Chad Allen as partners).

What might set aside this film from all those other gay coming of age films is that it takes a look at the Dominican community in New York and also has a Dominican-born man at the helm.

According to the Reporter, the film "chronicles two stages of a Dominican-American youth's life - first as a 9-year old struggling to build a relationship with his young mother - then as a 21-year old looking for love in New York" The article also says that it will be the full-feature directorial debut for Terracino (pictured), a Dominican-born filmmaker, who might be best known a short film called "My Polish Waiter" which is featured in "The Best of Boys in Love." He also wrote the screenplay.

It will be a while until it reaches the screen though as principal photography is only slated to begin in New York this July.

[Photo credit: Taken from the Film Festival Today's look at the July 2005 New York International Film Festival]

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