Winning DadMidwest Premiere
Friday, June 26 | 7:00pm
Tivoli Cinemas in Westport
What happens when a young man tricks his homophobic father into a camping trip with his secret boyfriend? Find out in this year’s heart-tugging Opening Night Selection. WINNING DAD is a coming out story that’s not about a young man emerging from the closet, but rather a middle-aged man escaping the shadow of ingrained prejudice that threatens to derail his gay son’s life.
Colby’s dad, Mike knows his son is gay, but he doesn’t like talking about it. He respects it, but ignores everything about that aspect of his son’s life — he doesn’t even know about Colby’s long-term boyfriend, Rusty. Increasingly committed to Rusty, Colby hatches a plan to trick his father into camping with Rusty under the pretense that Rusty is Colby’s straight friend and future business partner.
After Mike warms to Rusty, the reasoning goes, he’ll drop his bigotry and accept Rusty as a de facto son-in-law. That doesn’t happen. But what does unfold is a smartly crafted story about a family wrestling with conflicted convictions and strained relationships.
Writer, Director, and Actor Arthur Allen and his cast bring lots of heart to the film, with a standout performance by Chuck Sigars as Mike.