Persuaded by a friend to come to the bar and perform, Levi, a transmasculine drag performer, finds himself in a compromising situation when he is outed by another jealous drag queen.

  • Montana Mason Doyel
  • Montana Mason Doyel
  • Montana Mason Doyel
  • Theo Germaine
    Key Cast
    The Politician, EQUAL, Work In Progress, Holy Trinity
  • Dane Valerio
    Key Cast
    Work In Progress
  • Eric Dorsa
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, LGBTQ
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 5, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Columbia College Chicago
Director Biography - Montana Mason Doyel

Growing up a closeted queer kid in a small Midwestern town, I often found myself immersed in all types of stories to escape from reality. I began my studies at SCAD, where I received formal training in art foundations as a fine artist. My development as a creative eventually aligned more with my interest in media and storytelling, and I transferred to Columbia College Chicago to pursue filmmaking. I received the opportunity to work in different creative roles on a variety of sets and immediately took to the role of directing. My passion for my creative vision, leadership abilities, and compassion for others allowed me to succeed in my different projects, and I graduated in 2019 with my Bachelor’s in Cinema Arts and Sciences. My goal as a storyteller is to tell authentically queer nuanced stories and broaden the range of characters currently represented in traditional media. I recently moved to Los Angeles, where I have been working as a production coordinator and developing my first feature film.

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Director Statement

Boysugar started a daydream, a vision in my head to keep me preoccupied when I got bored in classes. It was 2018, I was 21 and finally thought I had come to terms with my queerness. I spiraled often due to my lack of attachment to identity and my gender. What grounded me throughout that time was the story and character of Boysugar. It became the output for my decades of pent-up creative queer energy and frustration, a sort of capsule to encompass the journey I was on.

Boysugar isn’t about finding yourself or coming out or coming to terms with who you are. It’s about finding people you truly belong to, people who make your experience of belonging radiantly euphoric and worth living. Queer people find safety and refuge in each other’s presence, in the solace of chosen family. However, I wanted to explore the divides within the queer community, and the pain that lies within othering our own people through the characters of this story.