After a gay purge, four best friends are surviving by living in fake marriages to each other. They secretly meet once a week to see their true spouse and play a "game" where they reminisce about their former openly gay lives. After 3 years of weekly gatherings, they must determine if their clandestine meetings are worth risking their lives. In one night, emotions run high, friendships begin to unravel and everything changes in an instant.
"Compelling short film. Narrative is frighteningly close to what might soon be our future." - Kathy Najimy, Actress & Activist
"Lyrical, beautifully shot, at times heartbreaking." - Alysia Reiner, Actress & LGBTQ Advocate
"This is a haunting depiction of a very possible future." - David Alan Basche, Actor & LGBTQ Advocate
"Relevant and Poignant! Successfully captures the intense paranoia...long sweeping shots reinforce the claustrophobic intensity." - Hannah Sayer, UK Film Review
“A beautifully realized film...weaving together outstanding performances into an atmospheric fabric of underground paranoia that never stops feeling incredibly realistic.” - Richard Propes The Independent Critic
"Talented actress-turned-director Allison delivers a powerful cautionary tale carried by a polished cast. " - IndieFest Film Awards
As an out and proud lesbian, director Cheryl Allison was immediately drawn to the story of Hiding in Daylight. “It is a very topical and unsettling story that much like The Handmaid's Tale, shows us how easily persecution of marginalized groups can be justified in the name of religion or patriotism. Last fall, I volunteered down on the Texas border helping reunite immigrant families being released from one of the detention centers. It was a horrible reminder of how quickly human rights can be stripped away. So while this storyline is fiction based, all one has to do is place the story in 1933 and suddenly the fiction turns into a dark, grim reality. My hope is that the film will evoke an uncomfortable truth and warning that when people are complacent history can repeat itself.”
Every day there is proposed legislation at State and Federal levels to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Hate & divisiveness is heightened by our political climate & this film takes a futuristic look at the result of such hate. We hope Hiding in Daylight will be a much needed reminder that history can repeat itself...unless we stop it.
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