Director Amara Cash's debut feature film Daddy Issues is finally hitting theaters and on-demand on April 19 after an award-winning festival circuit run. And we've got the exclusive trailer for the 80-minute drama below.
"I made this film for the misfits, the weirdos, the dreamers, and the loners," Cash told Out. "For all of us who carry on with a broken heart, this one's for you."
Daddy Issues follows Maya (Madison Lawlor), a 19-year-old queer artist whose candy-colored world of drawing emo cartoons is upended when she meets her Insta-crush Jasmine (Montana Manning), a sexually fluid fashion designer, in real life. Sparks fly and the two begin a romance that gives Maya her first taste of true love and Jasmine the inspiration to jump start her career. But the gumdrops and fairytales stop when Maya discovers that Jasmine's in an unconventional relationship with Simon (Andrew Pifko), a doctor moonlighting as a sugar daddy.
Cash said the film is about a binary world that forces those of us in the grey areas to choose.
"For far too long those of us who identify as fluid, bi, or nonbinary have been told to pick a side, 'it's just a phase,' or treated like our experience is somehow less valid than those who are set in their gender and sexuality," Cash said. "We are here. We are not a mistake, and this is not a phase."
Daddy Issues won the audience award for best first feature at Los Angeles' Outfest last Summer as well as honors from London's International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, the MidWest WeirdFest, Northern Virginia's International Film and Music Festival, and Arizona's Underground Film Festival.