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Religion, politics and gay pride clash in a small Tennessee town when out, proud and living in New York Jason Potts returns home to make life better for the LGBT teenagers. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Christian Walker ... Jason Potts
Billie Worley ... Dewayne Cotton
Jim Eikner ... Preacher Joe Barns
Jerre Dye ... Paul Justin

Ann Marie Hall ... Rebecca Potts
Lindsey Roberts ... Ruth Jennings
Jamie Mann ... Curtis Banks
Drew Smith ... Roy Jennings

Drew Paslay ... Frank Potts
David Tankersley ... Uncle Pete
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elle Anderson ... Church member / Protester (as Michelle Anderson)
Dorv Armour ... Mr. Jones
John Dylan Atkins ... Bar Bully
Ryan Azada ... Peter

David Caffey ... City Councilman Henry Book
Jake Casey ... Gay Camper
Michael Goff ... Bar Bully
Chatt Graham ... Young Dewayne (as Graham Ellwood)
Karen Green ... Shirley Jackson
Christopher Hulett ... Restaurant Owner
Happi Johnson ... Bartender
Thomas King ... Lamar Webster
Alice Laskey-Castle ... Soap Actress

Juliet Reeves London ... Amy Cotton (as Juliet Reeves)
Donald Meyers ... Claude

Nathan Ross Murphy ... High School Student
Jim Palmer ... Rev. Jack Gray
Roy Rainey ... Jeff Jones
G.B. Shannon ... Rev. Jeremiah Faulkner
Ben Siler ... Reporter

Jon W. Sparks ... Town Mayor
Steve Swift ... Kyle Peterson

Directed by
Mark Jones 
Ryan Parker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Jones  writer

Produced by
Mark Jones .... executive producer
Mark Jones .... producer
Cinematography by
Ryan Parker 
Film Editing by
Ryan Parker 
Production Design by
Bard Cole 
Costume Design by
Alice Laskey-Castle 
Makeup Department
Saleedah Miller .... additional makeup artist
Chelsey Staggs .... makeup artist
Gabrielle Trimm .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Shelly Gillette .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Fleming .... assistant director
Morgan Jon Fox .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Michael Hunkele .... boom operator
Michael Hunkele .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Budd .... gaffer
Jordan Danelz .... key grip
Sean Davis .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Mark Jones .... assistant editor
Other crew
Ryan Azada .... production assistant
Saki Manousakis .... production assistant
Albert Seiler .... production assistant

Additional Details

90 min
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The first person asked to be grand Marshal of the gay pride parade is played by Mike Hunkele, the sound mixer / boom operator for the movie. The second person asked to be the grand Marshal is played by Alice Laskey - Castle, the costume designer for the movie. Other crew members in the movie - Ryan Parker, the editor and DP is briefly seen at Camp Nineveh. Jordan Danelz, key grip, is the photographer on top of the building during the parade. Production Assistant Ryan Azada plays Peter, the boyfriend of Jeff. He also plays the gay student who gets beat up in the opening sequence. Bard Cole, Production Design, is one of the students that signs the smear the queer wall.See more »


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"Smear the queers, it never gets old", 26 August 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Recently I've gone back into research into the life and death of a young gay man who was killed in 1983 in New York City. What made Winthrop Bean's case so unique to me was the very good small town upbringing he had in South Strafford, Vermont. He was a loved figure in the town and now is something of a legend in his region of the White River Valley, especially for young LGBT people.

Sad to say that Tennessee Queer is a more typical tale of gay youth especially those who live in red state America. Christian Walker grew up as a bullied teen there and left the first chance he could. Now he lives in New York with a partner who might be a married partner now there. He gets a call from his mother who cons him into coming back so she could talk him into moving back at least to the region if not their small town of Smythe, Tennessee.

Without going into the particulars Smythe gets itself a Gay Pride Parade, first in the area. A particular bully from Walker's high school years Billie Worley who is now a city councilman with big plans to ride homophobia into higher office. His ally is Jim Eikner the local fundamentalist preacher who has conceived of this brilliant plan target the gay youth of Smythe whom if they march he can steer them into conversion therapy.

What starts out as a jest for Walker has mushroomed and turned him into a champion for the rights of LGBT people in the area. Does the parade go on? It does with some unintended consequences for the marchers and the opponents.

What Tennessee Queer does and its greatest value is illustrate that things are different in that we no longer consent to be closeted and afraid. Even in a southern small town where the word from fundamentalist pulpits was law this just isn't happening any more. Gays stand up for themselves and the fundamentalist response is now to claim they're the victims. I fear we'll see more and more of that.

Worley tells Walker that smearing the queers never gets old. But in fact it is quite old and getting quite out of style.

Tennessee Queer is a wonderful film about red state life for gays in America. But it's also quite the blueprint for how to fight back. Gay and mainstream audiences should see this film.

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