Friday, December 7, 2012

[USA] - In the Family - A Film by Patrick Wang

There is a film I have been dying to see called "In The Family".  It has been doing the rounds of the art house and film festival circuit and I am waiting for it to come downunder or get a DVD release.  

When his partner Cody dies in a car accident, Joey learns that their son, Chip, has been willed to Cody's sister. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. [IMDB]

The SDGLN (San Diego Gay & Lesbian News) website has just published a Q and A with Patrick Wang about the film and it is well worth a read.

“In The Family,” the tour-de-force debut film by Patrick Wang, who is the star, screenwriter, director and producer, returns to San Diego on Friday, Dec. 7, for an encore performance. The movie also opens that day in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.

Wang’s film was a big hit at the 2011 San Diego Asian Film Festival, where it was named Best Narrative Feature. And Wang was selected by festival programmers to receive the George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award for his stirring drama.

Set in Tennessee, “In The Family” is the story of an Asian-American man who loses his Anglo partner unexpectedly and is forced to fight for custody of their son from his late partner’s extended Southern family. The film highlights the struggles of LGBT couples who face endless legal red tape in attempting to obtain and maintain their parental rights when life takes an unexpected turn toward the tragic.

In the film, Wang plays Joey and Trevor St. John plays Cody, known as “Dad” and “Pa,” respectively, to their 6-year-old son Chip (Sebastian Brodziak). Upon Cody’s untimely death, Joey quickly learns that he has a battle royale to gain custody of his son and to find peace and happiness.

Patrick Wang speaks with San Diego Gay & Lesbian News about the film, his decision to star in the leading role, about the impact the movie has with audiences, and his future plans.

Visit SDGLN to read more.

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