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.
Matthew T. Bowden
The key to a good lie is in its details.
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