QFest: The Annual Houston International LGBTQ Film Festival
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is set in the early 1990s in an orthodox Christian community. Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz, star of Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria this fall) is sent to a gay-conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)—himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”—the center is built upon repenting for “same-sex attraction.”
But what could have registered as a traumatic experience becomes a daring, and often amusing, adventure. In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane) and Lakota two-spirit Adam (Forrest Goodluck). The teens form an unlikely family and fight to survive. Desiree Akhavan, creator of the popular Internet series The Slope, adapted the novel into a captivating film that won the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post appeared in film festivals around the country (San Francisco, Tribeca, Dallas, Seattle, Provincetown), and in international festivals in the Ukraine, Australia, France, Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, and Israel.
• “A gripping and sad drama that puts a tremendous amount of faith in its performers and audience, and for all the emotion and tenderness in the rest of this year’s Sundance crop, this is the first film that left me a complete broken-down mess ... A lot of times when a movie is called ‘important’ it’s hiding the fact that it is boring or dated or loaded with fake drama. Not here. The Miseducation of Cameron Post will be a panacea for gay kids for years to come.” —Guardian
• “… this sophomore feature by Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) is a delight ... peppered with biting humor and warmed by a generous spirit that extends understanding, if not forgiveness, even to the religious zealot characters.... Akhavan elicits finely layered performances from her cast. Moretz digs deeper than she has in years for a sensitive lead turn that harmonizes especially well with her co-stars.” —Hollywood Reporter
Mad as Hell (directed by Emily Pelstring and Meg Remy, Canada, 2017, 3 min.) and Fundamental (directed by Shih Chieh Chiu, Taiwan, 2017, 7 min.)