LOG LINE: They had to erase themselves in order to survive
FILM SUMMARY: After a gay purge, four best friends are surviving by living in fake marriages to each other. They secretly meet once a week to see their true spouse and play a "game" where they reminisce about their former openly gay lives. After 3 years of weekly gatherings, they must determine if their clandestine meetings are worth risking their lives. In one night, emotions run high, friendships begin to unravel and everything changes in an instant.
BACKGROUND: Every day there is proposed legislation at State and Federal levels to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Hate & divisiveness is heightened by our political climate & this film takes a futuristic look at the result of such hate. We hope Hiding in Daylight will be a much needed reminder that history can repeat itself...unless we stop it.
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: As an out and proud lesbian, director Cheryl Allison was immediately drawn to the story of Hiding in Daylight. “It is a very topical and unsettling story that much like The Handmaid's Tale, shows us how easily persecution of marginalized groups can be justified in the name of religion or patriotism. Last fall, I volunteered down on the Texas border helping reunite immigrant families being released from one of the detention centers. It was a horrible reminder of how quickly human rights can be stripped away. So while this storyline is fiction based, all one has to do is place the story in 1933 and suddenly the fiction turns into a dark, grim reality. My hope is that the film will evoke an uncomfortable truth and warning that when people are complacent history can repeat itself.”
Carina is a multi-award winning producer whose highly acclaimed feature film No Letting Go (2016) received worldwide distribution through Vision Films. The film received the elite honor of being one of the top 100 films viewed on Amazon Prime. Most recently she produced the award-winning short film Far From The Tree with WOW FILMS. Carina's 20 years of experience in the Arts and Entertainment industry and her firsthand knowledge of the business has made her a sought after producer. In addition to her producing partnership with Cheryl and WOW FILMS, she is working on several projects that are in development, currently filming and in post-production.
Cheryl is an award-winning actress who has performed in Broadway, Regional Theatre and Film/TV for over 25 years. She is best known for her starring role in the feature film No Letting Go(2016) opposite Kathy Najimy, Richard Burgi, and Alysia Reiner. Her performance in the film garnered her 3 Best Actress Awards.
She is the Founder/Producer of WOW FILMS, a production company that strives to create thought provoking stories that deepen our understanding of the human experience. WOW FILMS recently produced short film Far From The Tree has received 26 awards in over 22 film festivals worldwide, including 6 Best Short Film awards. See full bio under Director.
Gregory has been in the entertainment business for 30 years as an actor, director, producer, and writer. He is an award winning author of numerous books and plays and his short film Mother which he wrote, produced, and directed won numerous award at film festivals around the country including Best Director at Boston International Film Festival and Los Angeles International Film Festival and a 2015 Remi Award from WorldFest-Houston. He has served as producer or associate producer on several indie films over the past few years and started ASD Media & Entertainment in 2012.
Brian is a true renaissance man who has served as a fire fighter, a Hedge Fund Trader, current mayor of Irvington, NY in Westchester County and oh yes...a Tony Award winning producer of Once on This Island and a co-producer on the Broadway musical Gettin' the Band Back Together. He is also a self professed soccer nerd.
Jamie is a National Managing Partner at Grant Thornton LLP and serves as the Senior Leadership Team sponsor for Equality GT. She has been a supporter of equality and the arts for many years having served as Executive Producer of the award-winning short film Mother and has been involved with numerous arts endeavors and organizations in Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, and New York City. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Anthony has worked in the medical profession for over 25 years and is a clinical supervisor for students of Bergen Community College in NJ. He has supported theater in NJ and NY for over 20 years as a patron and often a donor or producer. He served as Executive Producer on the short film Mother. Anthony is most happy when traveling with his husband or working in his garden.