Film: The Green (Normative Narratives)
Having left behind a life in New York City for the village charm of shoreline Connecticut, Michael Gavin, a drama teacher at a progressive private high school, thinks he can live a simple, harmonious domestic existence with his partner Daniel, a locavore caterer. Seemingly more concerned with the minutiae of suburban life than he is about challenging the bias he experiences in the provincial, recession-weary yankee bastion, Michael adheres to an unspoken survival code: Donʼt speak up, don't make trouble.
But Michaelʼs world is turned upside-down when he is accused of engaging in "inappropriate behavior" with a male student, who runs away from home leaving behind his financially-strapped mother and her mercenary boyfriend to capitalize on the schoolʼs culpability in the alleged affair.
With his job, relationship, and freedom in jeopardy, Michael must confront the suspicions of his co-workers, the latent homophobia of his friends and neighbors, and Danielʼs doubts about his partnerʼs innocence after the investigation reveals a secret from his past.
Part of Normative Narratives -- a film series about the portrayal of gay men in cinema. The selected films all allows the characters and their stories to develop independently of sexuality, offering a new perspective on queer culture and its ultimate normality.
Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Humanities Council, a private non-profit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Q&A with Executive Producer Paul Marcarelli. The Green website.
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