Spare Rooms: A Family Fiction (2014)

| Short, Comedy, Drama
Rural Illinois, 1985. When a same-sex family's teenage son invites a friend to stay overnight, their elaborate plans to appear "in the closet" backfire -- leaving only one chance to salvage their family's secret.


Matthew T. Bowden


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Credited cast:
Noah Chiet Noah Chiet ... Will
Mitch Holson Mitch Holson ... Walker
Maddie Howard ... Cass
Melissa LaMartina Melissa LaMartina ... Rae (as Melissa O'Brien)
Valarie Perez-Schere Valarie Perez-Schere ... Marie
Emmi Shockley ... Jessica
Alix Tobey Southwick Alix Tobey Southwick ... Librarian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jahna Belz Jahna Belz ... Additional Cast
Simon Belz ... Additional Cast
Melanie Holson Melanie Holson ... Additional Cast
Phenon Murphy Phenon Murphy ... Additional Cast
Marissa Philipps Marissa Philipps ... Additional Cast
Jacob Sheehan Jacob Sheehan ... Additional Cast
Griffin Stanbro Griffin Stanbro ... Additional Cast


SPARE ROOMS is a short film that takes the classic coming-of-age story to an almost forgotten world: the height of the Reagan-era, experienced by a family on the fringe. It's 1985, the rural Midwest. When a same-sex family's teenage son, Will, invites his friend Walker to stay overnight, Will's parents, Rae and Marie, create elaborate plans to appear in the closet. And when those plans backfire, how Will attempts to salvage his family's secret has the potential to change their lives forever. Told from Will's perspective, SPARE ROOMS takes its cue from writer/director Matthew Bowden's own upbringing in a closeted household during the '70s and '80s. It's a film about courage, compromise, and resilience-finding the extraordinary in the ordinary ways we all strive to be happy, to raise families, to be ourselves. In this light, the story Spare Rooms has to tell belongs to everybody-it never grows old. Written by Matthew T. Bowden

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coming of age | lgbt | period | See All (3) »


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Short | Comedy | Drama | Family



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Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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16:9 HD
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