World Premiere:2020 Sundance Film Festival

After years of long distance, a pair of big and beautiful boyfriends (NYC based artists Shane O’Neill and Dusty Childers) celebrate their reunion at a Stevie Nicks concert, where they share a brush with magic. Conceptualized as an animated film by first-time director Sara Kiener, The Shawl showcases the extravagant banter of outsized personalities O’Neill and Childers in a six minute testament to radical queer love and the influence of celebrities in LGBTQ culture. The short documentary was illustrated by hand by animator Maya Edelman (Collective: Unconscious, A Touch of Sugar), with original synth-pop music by Ted Ottaviano from Book of Love (American Psycho, Planes, Trains & Automobiles), and produced by Zachary Luke Kislevitz (Port Authority, The Beach House, The Strange Ones).  Acquisition title.

The Shawl  is screening in the Animated Shorts Competition section. The film received its World Premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and screened before Mucho Mucho Amor, which premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition section.

Director: Sara Kiener
Producer: Zachary Luke Kislevitz
Principal Cast: Shane O’Neill and Dusty Childers
Animation Director: Maya Edelman
Dialogue Editor: Seth Lind
Storyboard and Concept Artist: Brianne Farley
Composer: Ted Ottaviano
Executive Producer: Lana T. Yang

The Shawl 
2020 / 6 mins / U.S. / Color


Sunday, March 15 – 5:45pm
Alamo Lamar A
Monday, March 16 – 5:30pm
Rollins Theatre
Thursday, March 19 – 8:15pm
Alamo Lamar D

Director Bio
Sara Kiener has spent the past decade devoted to supporting, distributing and finding audiences for independent films. Sara currently oversees distribution strategies at Cinereach where she’s championed projects like MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A., Beach Rats, I Am Not Your Negro and We The Animals. Prior to Cinereach, Sara was Co-Founder of Film Presence where she supervised national theatrical outreach campaigns for movies like 20 Feet from Stardom, Obvious Child and Citizenfour. THE SHAWL is her directorial debut. @sarakiener on Instagram and Twitter.

Cast Bios
Shane O’Neill is a writer, video maker and performer.  He works at The New York Times, where he produced the short documentary Who Threw The First Brick at Stonewall? as well as the internet culture series Internetting With Amanda Hess. He has written and performed at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and wrote and performed an original musical written with Jill Pangallo called “Jane Johnson For The Stay At Home Shopper,” which appeared at Joe’s Pub in the Spring of 2019. @shaneIsland on Instagram and Twitter.

Dusty Childers (Dusty Shoulders) is a multi-disciplinary artist & educator who directs, dramaturges, curates, hosts, costumes, and speaks their truth in front of audiences. Dusty’s body and body of work has graced the likes of The Guggenheim, St. Anne’s Warehouse, The Whitney, BAM, Parsons New School, International Center of Photography, Signature Theatre, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Town Hall, Joe’s Pub, Abrons Art Center, NY Live Arts, The Wild Project, Dixon Place, Club Cumming, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Playhouse and Irving Plaza among others. They have worked alongside Taylor Mac, writer/performer Justin Sayre, costumer Machine Dazzle, artist Nayland Blake, pop star/DJ Ana Matronic, director Silas Howard, Bitch (of Bitch & Animal), drag artist Charlene Incarnate, choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, and burlesque star World Famous *BOB*, among others. @duddylynn on Instagram.