SKIN (Short, 2018)

LOGLINE: A queer teenager struggling with the onset of puberty discovers a living cave that presents them with a new skin and a chance to explore their identity.

STATUS: Completed, festival circuit.

SUMMARY: An isolated queer teenager in traditionalist, small-town Massachusetts struggles to navigate adolescence in a world that seems to thrive on pushing them out. Imprisoned in a body that feels wrong, and disconnected from any real sense of intimacy, Charlie hits puberty, a seemingly inconsequential milestone which turns into a dark, surreal adventure into an underground cave they discover through the drain of their bathtub. In the cave, Charlie is presented with the opportunity to sew another skin onto their body; there, they get to see what about life will change when seen through a new, perhaps more fitting, pair of eyes. Skin explores how one rejoins the lost or hidden parts of their identity with their reality, and unites a fragmented sense of self.

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