Get Ready to Unleash Your Inner Werebear

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Filmmaker Tim Sullivan is known for making some of the most cutting edge insane films you could ever imagine. And if you’re in Hawaii, you’re going to have an exclusive chance to see his new sliver of madness early!

From the Press Release:
It was announced today that I Was A Teenage Wearbear, one of four horror-comedy films that comprise the upcoming anthology Chillerama, will make its World Premiere in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Rainbow Film Festival on May 13th. An homage to the drive-in movies of the 50’s and 60’s, Chillerama is a horror anthology featuring vignettes from some of contemporary horror’s biggest filmmakers. Joining director Tim Sullivan are fellow filmmakers Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City), Adam Green (Hatchet) and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2). An autumn theatrical release of the anthology is anticipated.

“It’s great that my film is receiving its World Premiere in paradise,” enthused writer/director Tim Sullivan. “The finale of the film, of course, takes place on the beach, so what better place than the Hawaiian Rainbow Film Festival as a kick off?”

A funny, subversive spoof of the Eisenhower/Kennedy-era beach movies, I Was A Teenage Werebear follows a day in the life of closeted new kid Ricky O’Reilly (played by Sean Paul Lockhart, aka adult film superstar Brent Corrigan), who falls for Malibu High’s mysterious bad boy Talon (Anton Troy). When aroused, the two transform into bestial leather daddies, the titular “Werebears.” The film features five rock ‘n roll musical numbers in a stylistic mash-up of genre icons Roger Corman and John Waters that spins the frothy boy/girl/beach format into a humorously bloody, albeit well-intentioned, call for acceptance and tolerance.

Describing his contribution to Chillerama’s quartet, I Was A Teenage Werebear writer/director Tim Sullivan explained, “Each one of us is doing homage to a different genre and style. I choose the surf musicals of the 60’s crossed with Lost Boys and Twilight. As a gay man, I’ve always been drawn to the queer subtext in films depicting teenage angst, whether it be James Dean’s relationship to Sal Mineo in Rebel Without a Cause or Zac Efron’s emotional tug of war between sports and theater in High School Musical. With our fight for equality reaching a fever pitch, I felt it was time to fully embrace the gay undertones that peppered my previous films (2001 Maniacs, Field of Screams and Driftwood), and this time bring them front and center.”

Following the Hawaiian premiere, I Was A Teenage Werebear will be featured, among others pending scheduling, at the Boston LGBT Festival, Outtakes in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, the Denver Film Festival, Philadelphia’s Q Fest, Frameline 35, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Q Cinema, Fort Worth’s Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival and Italy’s Fantasy Horror Awards where Sullivan will also be a presenter.

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