The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 95 minutes
Look, high school sucks—we all know this. Everyone’s weird, nobody is comfortable in their own skin, and yet it always seems like the “cool” kids seem to know what they’re doing. SOME FREAKS is a searing look at the relationship between the one-eyed Matt (Thomas Mann from “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) and the overweight Jill (the effervescent Lily Mae Harrington), two people on the outside just trying to find their way in. If the films of John Hughes were high school in the 80s, then SOME FREAKS is like “The Breakfast Club” for a new millennium. Always searching for their identity, Matt and Jill find solace in the other’s social awkwardness, and the two outcasts form a quick, tight bond. But once Jill moves on to college, leaving Matt behind, their relationship takes a dark turn as Matt’s insecurities begin to creep through after Jill loses weight and begins to look (gasp) “normal.” SOME FREAKS is a coming-of-age film that reinvents the genre, challenging norms rather than idolizing them, and director Ian MacAllister-McDonald does a masterful job of providing an unsentimental view of growing up a freak. —T.W.
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:50 PM
Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 11:25 AM
Friday, April 07, 2017 at 9:25 PM
Recommended for High School Students +
American Independents Competition
Ian MacAllister-McDonald is a successful playwright from Portland, Maine. He is an educator who has taught at Loyola Marymount University and Brown University, and his plays have been produced all over the country.
SOME FREAKS (2016)
Lovell Holder, Mia Chang, Tim Harms, Ryan Smith
Jonathan Melin, Joel Plotch
Thomas Mann, Lily Mae Harrington, Marin Ireland, Ely Henry, Lachlan Buchanan, John Thorsen