A comedic short about being Gay, Geek, and creatively lost in San Francisco. Written by Audra Wolfmann & Desmond Miller. PART 2 of 2.
Souls of Splendor features the story of Leo, a black, gay comic book store clerk and writer who is dealing with his own complicated relationship to his art. He feels left behind by his ex-boyfriend Joe (a successful white artist) and creatively stuck in a place of self-sabotage and distraction. Although steeped in the worlds of comic geeks and San Francisco gay culture, Leo feels alienated from both. He finds the success of others unfair but can not seem to budge himself out of his creative rut. When he sits down to write, distractions abound in the form of video games and his alter-egos – a straight, white superhero named Captain Fabulous and Franz Kafka (yes, THE Franz Kafka) – who argue with him and offer little solace. After an overdue confrontation with his ex-boyfriend, Leo realizes that metamorphosis comes from within and has nothing to do with fairness or luck.
Through humor and a critical look at inter-personal relationships, Souls of Splendor takes identity politics to the next level by looking closely at a subculture within a subculture. Many in the Bay Area take it for granted that we are in a post-racial and post-gendered society as we are immersed in a multitude of lifestyles, but what about the life inside the style? Identifying as gay is just the beginning of the battle for identity and many struggle to find where they fit in within that culture. Add geek and black to the mix, and it’s a whole new ballpark. The black/queer/geek contingent is a growing group without much representation in our culture. Representation is the first step towards empowerment. Additionally, Souls of Splendor’s lessons about self-determination, identity, and artistic integrity are universal.
Talented cast: James A. Martin, B. Warden Lawlor, Steve Bologna, Karl Schackne, Indra Lowenstein, Will McMichael, Orson Pigeon, Robert Levy, Todd Pickering, Brett Stillo, Randy Johnson, Adrian Daub, Evan Kaminsky, Jeff Bostic, Ken Hadley, Jeffrey Gullett, Lawrence Chandler, Max Chandler, Patrick Martin, Jasmine Richau, Paul Almy, aLeXis GuTieRrEz, Derek Shockey, Ian Wolfley.
Talented crew: Gabriel Wheeler, Joyce Tang, Grimes Grimm, Jon Bastian, Brett Stillo, Melanie Paulina, Tarin Muir, Jenny Temple, Lindsey Green, Jose Montesinos, Brett Stillo.
Talented composers: David Copenhafer & Adam Josef.
Talented Artists: Gene Guilmette, Wayne Shellabarger, Ken Hadley, Jeff Bostic.
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