Gossamer Folds

In 1986, nine-year-old Tate Millikin is uprooted and unwillingly moved to the suburbs of Kansas City. As his parent's marriage unravels, Tate finds solace in the unlikely friendships of his new next door neighbors: a retired college professor and his transgender daughter, Gossamer.

  • Dash Donato
  • Bridget Flanery
  • Yeardley Smith
  • Jordan Foley
  • Jackson Robert Scott
    Key Cast
  • Alexandra Grey
    Key Cast
  • Sprague Grayden
    Key Cast
  • Franklin Ojeda-Smith
    Key Cast
  • Shane West
    Key Cast
  • Ethan Suplee
    Key Cast
  • Jen Richards
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 6, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    750,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Gemini
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Distribution Information
  • Indican Pictures
    Country: United States
    Rights: Video on Demand, Theatrical
Director Biography - Dash Donato

Dash Donato (they/she) is an award-winning filmmaker based in Austin where her work is dedicated to marginalized and underserved communities. Her feature directorial debut, Gossamer Folds, was nominated for Outstanding Picture at the GLAAD awards and has won over 20 grand jury and audience awards on the festival circuit. She co-wrote the feature film, Signature Move, which world-premiered at SXSW, screened at 200+ festivals worldwide, and can now be found on Amazon Prime, HBOMax, etc. (certified 100% Rotten Tomatoes). She directed a telly-winning DocuSeries about drag culture in the US called Behind The Drag which showcases the real lives of American drag queens. She’s earned a passionate following by telling stories that don’t shy from the unique struggles of women—queer and straight—but focus on the power, resilience, and love they demonstrate in the face of them.

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Director Statement

Gossamer Folds is unique and innovative in many ways. The film depicts a healthy relationship between a trans adult and a child, which unfortunately, is rare in film & TV. It’s a film about the unlikely friendship between two sets of neighbors who are culturally taught to hate each other: a 10-yr-old white boy and a 25-yr-old black trans woman. This hatred is fueled by the young boy’s transphobic father when he forbids his son, Tate, to engage with their next-door neighbor, Gossamer, a trans woman. Behind his father’s back, Tate forms a friendship with Gossamer and sees beyond the abhorrent discrimination he’s been taught.

Gossamer Folds shows how hatred is a learned experience and how we ultimately have the choice to be open-hearted and kind. Sometimes our biological families aren’t the ones who foster and yield the best versions of ourselves. One of the greatest assets of the queer community is the idea and practice of choosing our families and support systems. Ultimately, this film is about chosen family, unassuming neighbors, and the beautiful and unlikely bonds that can be found next door.