CAST: Luka Kain, Indya Moore, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor DIRECTOR: Damon Cardasis PRIDE FILM SERIES
Saturday Church tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as "man of the house" after the death of his father. Living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, Ulysses is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a world of fantasy filled with dance and music. Ulysses' journey takes a turn for the better when he encounters a vibrant transgender community, who take him to "Saturday Church," a program for LGBTQ youth. Ulysses manages to keep his two worlds apart; appeasing his aunt and discovering his passion for the NYC ball scene, and voguing, until his double life is revealed. Ulysses must find the courage to be who he truly is, all while risking losing those he cares about most.
This charming debut feature from director Damon Cardasis is bursting with love, compassion and authenticity.Matt Shiverdecker, Austin American-Statesman
Given its compact running time, the film proves a surprisingly rich experience, one that effectively balances hope and possibility with some of the harsher realities of disenfranchised LGBTQ youth.Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
A sensitive look at a young man's exploration of his identity and sexuality.Tatiana Craine, Village Voice