35^ Lovers Film Festival
All the Lovers

Straight Up

Straight Up
by James Sweeney
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Duration: 95'

Todd is a hyper-articulate, obsessive-compulsive gay 20-year-old whose fear of dying alone leads him to a puzzling conclusion: he may not be gay, after all. When he meets Rory, an actress struggling with her string of insecurities, the two form a relationship of small talk and no sex. A razor-sharp romantic comedy that is equally classic Hollywood vintage and 21st century, exploring how flexible our definitions of love and sexuality can be.


film director

James Sweeney

James Sweeney is an actor, screenwriter, producer and director. His short film, Normal Doors, was made as a proof-of-concept for FOX Digital Studios, based on the Straight Up script. In 2017 he directed the Long Time Distance episode of the anthology film Bushwick Beats, produced by Tandem Pictures and Circle of Confusion. His works have premiered at Frameline, Mill Valley Film Festival and Short of the Week.


& Credits

Sceneggiatura/Screenplay James Sweeney
Montaggio/Editing Keith Funkhouser
Fotografia/Photography Greg Cotten
Scenografia/Production Design Tye Whipple
Musica/Music Logan Nelson
Interpreti/Cast Katie Findlay, James Sweeney, Dana Drori, James Scully, Tracie Thoms, Betsy Brandt, Randall Park
Produttore/Producer David Carrico, Ross Putman, James Sweeney
Produzione/Production Valparaiso Pictures