Kevin Smiththe third feature film by Chasing Amy was one of the first films to dare to explore queer identity, a rarity in the 90s when it was released. While critics gave several aspects of the film a thumbs up, it received a polarized reception from the LGBTQ+ community and its impact has long been debated among queer people. Decades later, young filmmaker, Sav Rodgers reflects on the film’s legacy and the transformative impact it had on his life in a new documentary film titled, Chasing Amy which is set to make its world premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.
Chasing Amy follows Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck), a comic book artist who falls in love with fellow artist Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams) but eventually learns that she is a lesbian, causing strain in their relationship as Holden struggles to come to terms with his feelings for her. The film examined sexual fluidity in a way that Rodgers, a queer youth who was only beginning to come to terms with his sexual identity at the time of the film’s release, now describes as life-saving. The documentary will explore the many ways the film left a lasting impression on Rodgers while discussing his polarized perception within the LGBTQ+ community.
The trailer reveals that Chasing Amy remains a role model in Rodgers’ life as he progresses on the path of self-discovery. Rodgers first spoke openly about her relationship with the film in a TEDtalk which caught Smith’s attention and led to her involvement in the documentary. The documentary film will include interviews with Smith and the film’s actresses Adams and Lee. Speaking about the upcoming world premiere, Sav Rodgers said:
“Chasing Chasing Amy’s creative journey has been eye-opening in so many ways. When I was younger, I felt like I had to defend my connection to Chasing Amy to other LGBTQ+ people despite its deeply personal meaning. This movie that saved my life also has a controversial history in the queer film canon I hope Chasing Chasing Amy and her making show that things can be complicated, just like people, and the relationship we have with the movies we grow up with can be too.
The team behind Chasing Amy
Chasing Amy hails from the stables of Professional Amateur, Yeehaw Pictures and Spacestation production. Producers of the feature include Alex Schmider, Carrie Radigan, Lela Meadow – Conner, Matthew C. MillsAnd Sav Rodgerswhile the executive production team is made up of Jeffrey Weber, Chris Vivion, Tyler J. Emerson, Anthony Pedone, Drew E. BurbridgeAnd Yana Burhrer-Tavanier. The film will feature original music composed by Jordi Nus.
Chasing Amy will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival on June 8. Check out the trailer and synopsis for the documentary film below:
“When a young filmmaker sets out to understand the ’90s LGBTQ+ rom-com that saved his life, he’s forced to confront his own complicated truths, which will change who he is forever.”
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