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Cheers and Queers

Sasha Kar is a cheerleader at a small town high school in Anywhere, USA. When she is partnered up for a history project with pink-haired out-and-proud queer Ty Folk and they begin
to form a friendship, Sasha becomes insecure in everything she thought was true about herself.

  • Isabella Richter de Medeiros
  • Isabella Richter de Medeiros
  • Rodrigo de Medeiros
  • Ali Mohsenian
  • Kaitlyn Rogers
    Key Cast
  • Cammie Reid
    Key Cast
  • Hailey Phipps
    Key Cast
  • Ellie Schanbacher
    Key Cast
  • Jake Gardner
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 25, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Isabella Richter de Medeiros

A Brazilian-American Seattle native,
this is Isabella’s first film. She is a student, theater performer,
tentative roller skater, and expert pancake-flipper.
Isabella is an aspiring activist and is dedicated to
furthering liberation movements in the US,
and hopefully the world, through film.

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Director Statement

I wrote this film with the intention of normalizing queerness in teens, and to showcase an experience that many young queer girls go through when figuring out who they are.
I wanted to debunk different stereotypes about queer teens, particularly girls; it can be terrifying and confusing to discover a part of yourself when all you know of that identity are harmful stereotypes such as “raging, predatory lesbian” and feeling like you have to fit into a specific box in order to be a girl who likes girls. With this film, I want to spark discussion about what it means to be a queer teenage girl in this day and age, because while many of our experiences are similar, we are all individuals with a different story to tell. “Tolerance” is my least favorite
word when discussing identities, because what we really need to promote is education, understanding, and acceptance. You tolerate going to the dentist; you tolerate doing homework; you tolerate your brother’s bad taste in music blaring from his bedroom; but queerness is not something to be tolerated, to be grudgingly put up with. It should be embraced and welcomed.
Cheers and Queers is nearly a $0 budget film, so any money we spent was out-of-pocket. I relied on help from my friends who are actors, my digital media teacher Mr. Dockery, and my father and his professional contacts. As my first movie, it was more of a learning experience than anything else. Though I am a perfectionist and often bite off more than I can chew with any sort of project, I learned in making this film that it’s necessary to ask for help when taking on something this huge. Cheers and Queers is not only dedicated to young queer girls out there, but for anybody who has ever struggled with finding who they are.