FRIDAY, MAY 3, 9:45PM
Q&A with Directors Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen and Subject Mark Patton to following screening.
Thirty-three years after its release, “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" is still regarded as a gay camp classic, full of homophobic and homoerotic images. But for one young actor, it was a true nightmare, effectively ending his film career. This high-energy and thoughtful documentary picks multiple fights and wins them all. It is the story of Mark Patton, the young gay star of the film. It is the tale of a homophobic and AIDS-phobic 1980s Hollywood, and it is a look at the script of David Chaskin, who claimed there was no gay intent but blamed the film’s gayness on Mark. “Nightmare 2” labeled Mark as the new Scream Queen and forced him into Garbo-like exile. Mark is back now and ready to talk, big time. Full of wonderful film clips and celebrities, this is a defiant and triumphant story that nonetheless cautions today’s LGBTQ community that the nightmare isn’t over.
—C.R Cleveland Film Festival
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY HOWIE BIERBAUM & TOM BARRETO
Length: 100 minutes
SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING
Directors: Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen
Producers: Roman Chimienti, Mark Patton
Cinematography: Amber Grey, Julian Bernstein, Mark Zemel, Tyler Jensen
Editing: Tyler Jensen