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Gabe forces his best friend Chrissy to masquerade as his fake girlfriend to hide his sexuality from his peers.

  • Christopher Crompton
  • Christopher Crompton
  • Christopher Crompton
  • Nathaniel Silverman
  • Jordan Spiller
    Key Cast
  • Drew Gardner
    Key Cast
  • Brandon Cordeiro
    Key Cast
  • Thomas Hubbel
    Director of Photography
  • Alex Gilroy
    Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, ARRI D21
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Christopher Crompton

Chris began making films with his Sonic the Hedgehog toys as mini stop motions. He discovered a passion for storytelling and creating his own characterizations for these toys which led him to pursue a career in filmmaking and directing actors. He focuses on telling LGBTQ stories that give queer characters the exposure they desperately need. Chris is currently writing a feature script (idea: Mean Girls meets Harry Potter) and is in post production on a music video for Mis Mendacious.

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Director Statement

"Beard" is one of three fiction shorts I have directed and ultimately the one I hold closest. I began writing this script almost as an apology to the hearts I broke in high school. Whether I was fully aware of my sexuality at the time or not, those girls didn’t deserve the way I treated them. It’s so difficult where to throw the blame, but I can’t help feeling responsible for being weak. I was hiding behind a "girlfriend" just because I was afraid of what others may think of me; and that's what "Beard" is all about. Of the three hearts I broke, one turned out to be one of my best friends, and I dedicate this film to her.