Program 02: Tucked
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
Directed by Jamie Patterson
After an evening on stage, aging drag performer Jack collapses alone in his apartment. At the doctor, he’s diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and given only several weeks to live. Lambasting the doctor’s asinine instructions to “ease back” on life for his remaining short days, Jack is determined to spend what little time he’s got doing exactly the opposite and go out enjoying the few joys that he has.
Returning to the club he’s introduced to young Faith (Jordan Stevens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), a new, young, non-binary performer, and Jack is asked to “show ‘em the ropes.” Each of them is struggling with their own share of baggage. Jack is estranged from his daughter and only remaining family member as he approaches his death completely alone. Faith has been cast out by their parents to live on the streets, and is currently living in their car. Discovering that Faith is quite alone and homeless, Jack offers a space on the couch and the two begin to form a bit of an awkward companionship as their habits and life experiences alternately clash and connect.
We soon witness as a friendship evolves and develops the strengths in each of them. Director Jamie Patterson employs a restrained hand blending a mix of heartache, warmth, and humor to establish a tender unfolding of their cross-generational camaraderie and self discovery.
Tucked will appeal to anyone affected by watching two friends at opposite places in their lives learn to lean on one another and find themselves deeply enriched because of it. Both Jackie and Faith are engaging and deeply lovable characters and their various misadventures only serve to make them more so, while adding a dash of sorrow and soft humor to the mix. Bring your family, friends, and cis allies: this is a film that will speak to anyone with a heart.
— Jennifer Morgan
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- GRAND JURY PRIZE, INT’L NARRATIVE FEATURE – Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival
- AUDIENCE AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE – Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival