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Spare Rooms: A Family Fiction ()


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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... See more »

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Noah Chiet ...
Will
Mitch Holson ...
Walker
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Cass
Melissa LaMartina ...
Rae (as Melissa O'Brien)
Valarie Perez-Schere ...
Marie
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Jessica
Alix Tobey Southwick ...
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Jacob Sheehan ...
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Griffin Stanbro ...
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Directed by

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Matthew T. Bowden

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Matthew T. Bowden ... (writer)
 
Matthew T. Bowden ... ()

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Matthew T. Bowden ... producer
Swaran Dhawan ... associate producer
Dennis Gray ... producer
Neetu Dhawan Gray ... producer
David W. Morley ... producer
Joe Tropea ... producer

Cinematography by

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Skizz Cyzyk

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Matthew T. Bowden

Production Design by

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Andrew Fair

Art Direction by

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Alex Hedstrom

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Jasmen Davis ... key hair makeup artist / key makeup & hair stylist
Laura Schneider ... special hair stylist

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Biz Kopp ... assistant director / first assistant director

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Jessica Baroody ... property master
KeeKee George ... buyer
Lauran Tracy Howard ... lead man
Zachary Schmiedeke ... set dresser

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Zachary Trees ... sound mixer
Aaron Wold ... boom operator / re-recording mixer / sound editor

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Mark Burchick ... electrician
Skizz Cyzyk ... 'a' camera operator
Kyle Deitz ... 'b' camera operator (as Kyle 'New Coke' Deitz)
Sean Froelich ... best boy electric
Guy Loudermilk ... assistant camera
Devin McBay ... grip
David W. Morley ... second unit camera
Ben Palmer ... best boy: grip
Adan Rodriguez ... key grip
Zak Seidman ... gaffer
John Waire ... still photographer: period stills
Eddie Winter ... still photographer

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Cheryl Fair ... costume supervisor
Jen Talbert ... costume assistant
Kathleen Williams ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Joe Tropea ... location manager

Transportation Department

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Chris Herrmann ... driver

Other crew

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Lucas Cullen ... production assistant
Ryan Gianforte ... production assistant
Chris Herrmann ... production assistant
Corey Manly ... production assistant
Matthew Myslinski ... dit
Nate Parker ... production assistant
Scott Russell ... craft service
Mika Wendy Sam ... postproduction consultant
Mia Tarley ... production assistant
Jenny Wierschem ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

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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  • 17 min
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