OMG, 'G.B.F.' Sounds Like the Cutest Gay Comedy Ever
Have cute gay boys replaced bags and shoes as the hottest must-have teen girl accessory?
In G.B.F. — short for Gay Best Friend — an upcoming indie gay comedy written by George Northy and directed by out filmmaker Darren Stein of Jawbreaker fame, Will & Grace's Megan Mullally stars as the enthusiastically pro-gay mother to Brent, a closeted gay high schooler played by The Hard Times of R.J. Berger's Paul Iacono, who came out publicly last year.
When Brent's best friend Tanner is outed, Tanner becomes sought-after as a popularity-boosting sidekick by his high school's three biggest "clique queens."
G.B.F. also stars Natasha Lyonne, Pretty Little Liars star Sasha Pieterse, Awkward's Molly Tarlov, Harry Potter's Evanna Lynch, Precious star Xosha Roquemore, Desperate Housewives alum Andrea Bowen, pop star JoJo, and Michael J. Willett, who plays gay for the second time after United States of Tara.
"We've seen gay teens as leads on TV, but having one as the focal point of a big screen teen comedy is uncharted territory," writes Darren Stein in his director's statement. "In today's world of all-access, information overload, the Queen Bees are no longer of a hive mind, but rule their own domains like neighboring warlords. So naturally they'd battle over the school's only gay kid if it meant their social status would improve. Gay Best Friends are everywhere — from Instagram to the pages of Teen Vogue — and that gave me a way to highten the story with style and heart. Queen Bees could become high-fashion amazons; adults could become the caricatures kids see them as; and the soundtrack could encompass all things 80s, 90s and beyond. All high schoolers have an insecurity that keep them in a variety of closets; G.B.F. uses the gay closet as a way in to a more universal high school experience."
The film premieres Apr. 19 at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival, but more funds are needed to help get it seen by audiences worldwide. Donate to the project here and get a behind-the-scenes look below.