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A Wolfe Release
Directed by Yen Tan
85 minutes
USA. 2018. In English.
Starring Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize of the Texas Competition of the 2018 Dallas Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award and Best Screenwriting at the 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival.

“Yen Tan’s miracle of a film masterfully sets a heartbreaking, small-scaled familial story against the massive backdrop of the AIDS crisis. Richly hypnotic.”
– Tomris Laffly, Film School Rejects

Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, Gotham) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Academy Award Nominee Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Golden Globe Award Winner Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung, The Gifted), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. Shot on black-and-white Super 16mm film, 1985 takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.

“A realistic, discreet, yet exploratory film that earns its tears honestly and scrupulously. Cory Michael Smith is exquisite. Madsen has rarely been as fine.”
– Dan Callahan, The Wrap

Official Trailer


Select Festivals & Awards

- 2018 South by Southwest: World Premiere
- 2018 Dallas International Film Festival, USA: Grand Jury Prize, Texas Competition
- 2018 Fire!! Barcelona LGBT Film Festival, Spain: Best Feature
- 2018 Champs-Élysée Film Festival, France: Audience Award, Student Jury Prize
- 2018 Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, USA:
- 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, USA: Grand Jury Award, Best Screenwriting
- 2018: Queen Palm International Film Festival, USA: Best Feature Film, Best Writer, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress

Director Yen Tan

Yen Tan (Writer/Director/Co-Editor of 1985) premiered the critically-acclaimed Pit Stop at Sundance 2013. It was nominated for a John Cassavetes Awards at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. His previous feature, Ciao (2008), was a Queer Lion contender at Venice Film Festival. Yen also co-directed Until We Could (2014) with David Lowery, an Addy-winning PSA for Freedom to Marry that was narrated by Robin Wright and Ben Foster. Yen has been a fellow of Austin Film Society’s Artist Intensive, IFP’s Film Week, and Film Independent’s Fast Track. He was born and raised in Malaysia and now lives in Austin, where he also works as an award-winning key art designer for independent films and documentaries. He was profiled by director Maris Curran (Five Nights in Maine) for Adobe Create. 1985 is inspired by his Short of the Week of the same title, which won a Special Jury Award at SXSW 2016.



Sat., Dec. 15, 2018 at 7:10 PM
San Joaquin Premiere

Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton



Narrative Feature Film

Director: Yen Tan
Screenwriters: Yen Tan & HutcH
Producers: HutcH & Ash Christian
Cinematographer: HutcH
Editors: HutcH & Yen Tan
Music: Dutch Rall

Permission: Wolfe

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