Diesel is a 10-minute character driven short film about two New York bred, bisexual millennials navigating intimacy using mediums that supposedly support connection.

On the verge of marijuana becoming legal nationwide, Diesel (Light Drama) digs into the juicy core of what it means to be queer, to differ from the norm and uses a blunt as it’s symbol to stretch our comprehension toward the underbelly of what it feels to be an other.

We find Eli, a playful, loveable, wiseass & Quincy, a charming, neat freak just before they head out on their 3rd date. Although they’ve known each other prior to them dating, this is their first time being completely alone with one another at Quincy's place. As tension builds the duo learn more about each other whilst Quincy gets dressed, and it seems like the night may end with the two venturing one more first.

  • J.R. Yussuf
  • J.R. Yussuf
  • J.R. Yussuf
  • Broderick Clavery, J.R. Yussuf
    Key Cast
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    10 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - J.R. Yussuf

J.R. Yussuf is a Nigerian-American, Queens native who acts, writes and directs. Diesel is the first short film he has written and is his first swing at directing.

Yussuf is the author of The Other F Word: Forgiveness, 1st place winner in the self-help category for a Reader Views Literary Award, and is represented by Dream Maker Talent Management. He graduated from Stony Brook University with his B.A. in Theatre Arts.

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Director Statement

Exploring things you know are there but haven't yet experienced is one of life's great fortunes.