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Premiere: This Musical Short Film Explores Growing Up Gay in the Middle of Nowhere

There’s nothing quite like growing up gay in a small town. As miserable as it often is, there’s also a magic to it. Whether its finding time to have a little behind-the-stage romance with a fellow theater club member or awkwardly fumbling through first love, there’s a certain beauty to having these memories encased in a small town sensibility, which is exactly what How the Moon Fell from the Sky and Nobody Even Noticed aims to capture.

In the new short film from director Christina Xing and writer Jack Fossett, love, loss, and angel wings take center stage as two friends— Benji (Peter Carroll) and Ruben (Nick Trivisonno)—decide to make a film in their free time. As you might expect, this decision leads to “the end of the world as they know it.” Yes, that means love triangles and a blurred sense of reality.

Produced by and starring high school students from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, the full 40-minute film will be available online everywhere on June 29th. Until then, you’ll have to dive into the magic of the first official preview of the musical drama here.