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5th GPIFF Official Selection

Saturday Church still

Saturday Church

Damon Cardasis

Saturday Church takes the audience into the world of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as “man of the house” after the death of his father. Living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, Ulysses is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a world of fantasy filled with dance and music. Ulysses’ journey takes a turn for the better when he encounters a vibrant transgender community, who take him to “Saturday Church,” a program for LGBTQ youth. Ulysses manages to keep his two worlds apart; appeasing his aunt and discovering his passion for the NYC ball scene, and voguing, until his double life is revealed. Ulysses must find the courage to be who he truly is, all while risking losing those he cares about most.

USA, 2017
81 minutes

WestEnd Films (International Distributor)
Maya Amsellem
+44 207 494 8300

Creative Artists Agency (USA Distributor)
Laura Lewis
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Damon Cardasis

Damon Cardasis is a New York-based writer, director and producer. He is a two-time Writer’s Guild Award nominee known for Maggie’s Plan (15) and Saturday Church (17). He is also co-creator of the Lower East Side Film Festival. Cardasis is also director Rebecca Miller’s producing partner.

Production Company:
Spring Pictures
Round Films

Executive Producer:
Sharon Chang
Luigi Caiola
Isabel Henderson
Lia Mayer-Sommer

Mandy Tagger Brockey
Adi Ezroni
Damon Cardasis
Rebecca Miller

Damon Cardasis

Hillary Fyfe Spera

Abbi Jutkowitz

Grant Elder
Roger Kean
Filipe Messeder
James Weidner

Nathan Larson

Production Designer:
Jimena Azula

Luka Kain
Margot Bingham
Regina Taylor
Marquis Rodriguez
MJ Rodriguez
Indya Moore
Alexia Garcia
Kate Bornstein
Jaylin Fletcher
Peter Kim