Type-A Jose attends dinner with his chosen family, an eclectic group of gay men who possess no boundaries, during a torrential storm.

  • Gabriel Notarangelo
  • Gabriel Notarangelo
  • Beth Triffon
  • Denis O'Hare
    Key Cast
    American Horror Story (Emmy Award Nomination), Trueblood
  • Kevin Daniels
    Key Cast
    Modern Family, Frasier
  • Chris Renfro
    Key Cast
    Queer As Folk, Tom Swift
  • Gabriel Notarangelo
    Key Cast
    Bunheads, Adventures in the Sin Bin
  • David Downs
    Key Cast
    "Uncle Kevin"
    Dawson's Creek, Everwood
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, Coming of Age, LGBTQ+
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Gabriel Notarangelo

The sixth child of a Mexican-American, born-again mother and an Italian-American, blue-collar father from Detroit, Michigan, Gabriel’s focus in film is empowering queer people to become proud adults by exploring the residual effects of growing up queer in a heteronormative world. A graduate of Northwestern University’s theater program, he has worked as an actor on stage, television, and film with creators including Francis Ford Coppola, Horton Foote, The Bear's Christopher Storer, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman Palladino. He is also a visual artist, specializing in charcoal portraits and acrylic landscape murals. As a production designer, he has built sets for musicians including New Kids on The Block and Christina Perri, in addition to films that have appeared at Tribeca Film Festival and HollyShorts Festival. Now a writer/director, his short script “Fomosexuals” was a 2023 Screencraft Short Screenplay Competition semi-finalist and his feature script “Fomosexuals” made 2021 Nicholl Fellowship’s top 20%.

Gabriel Notarangelo es el sexto hijo de una madre mejicana evangelista y un padre italiano de clase obrera, ambos nacidos en Detroit, Michigan. Como cineasta, Gabriel se centra en empoderar al colectivo LGTBI para que sus miembros puedan convertirse en adultos orgullosos, capaces de explorar los efectos residuales de crecer en un mundo heteronormativo. Graduado en Teatro en Northwestern University, Gabriel ha trabajado como actor en teatro, televisión, y cine con creadores como Francis Ford Coppola, Horton Foote, Christopher Storer y Amy Sherman Palladino. Pero sus dotes artísticas no se quedan ahí, ya que Gabriel es también un artista plástico, especializado en retratos al carboncillo y murales paisajísticos pintados al agua. Como diseñador de producción, ha construido platós para músicos como New Kids on the Block y Christina Perri, también para películas que han participado en Tribeca Film Festival y HollyShorts Festival. Ahora, como escritor y director, Gabriel Notarangelo nos presenta su primer cortometraje: “Fomosexuals” (semifinalista en el concurso de guiones ScreenCraft de 2023). Su largometraje del mismo nombre quedó entre el “top 20%" en Nicholl Fellowship en el año 2021.

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Director Statement

I wrote and directed "Fomosexuals" when I hit a storm cloud. And so I picked up the phone and called up my chosen family. They made me laugh like hell, they painted with me, and they helped me turn that pesky cloud into something valuable to offer to those who will inevitably experience the same storm.

At the heart of this saturated, sizzling, and stylized slice of queer family life are universal struggles, triumphs, and relationships. And bubbling just beneath the surface, what it is to be queer in America right now. Drag bans are the new war on drugs and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation question the validity of our identities, spreading chaos throughout our community.

But, resilient and graceful, we continue to build community and live our lives out loud. And, if some days we can’t muster the energy, our queer families are behind us to give us the strength we didn’t know we had. This film celebrates chosen family and proves that, despite appearances, my family is just like yours.

Fomosexuals features three generations of Northwestern University actors, a queer lineage. One teacher and two of his students. David Downs (professor emeritus of Theatre, 1973-2006), two-time Tony award winner and Emmy nominee for “American Horror Story” Denis O’Hare (B.S. 1984), and me (B.A. 2008).