Socks on Fire
World Premiere

Socks on Fire

2020 Official Selection: Features
Feature | United States | 93 MINUTES | English | English subtitles
Documentary, LGBTQIA

When the matriarch of a large Southern family passed without a written will, her children became embroiled in a bitter fight over their mother's estate. The fracas prompted director Bo McGuire to return home to Hokes Bluff, Alabama, to document the mounting standoff between his two childhood idols—his now-homophobic aunt and his out-and-proud gay uncle—in a battle that threatens to tear apart multiple generations of a formerly tight-knit tribe. In the process of investigating this epic family feud, McGuire also reflects on his own coming-of-age as a queer youth in the rural South.

Socks On Fire is both a tribute to the filmmaker's beloved grandmother and a first-person saga of a clan riven by petty jealousies and old wounds, fueled by one member's deep-seated homophobia. Blending home videos and intimate interviews with masterful reenactments—including the ingenious casting of local drag queens—McGuire paints a riveting picture of a house divided.—Mimi Brody

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Bo McGuire

Bo McGuire was born the queer son of a Waffle House cook and his third-shift waitress in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. He is one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and a Ryan Murphy + Half Initiative Mentee. He belongs to the First Church of Dolly Parton.

Bo McGuire
Tatiana Bears, Amy Dotson
Bo McGuire
Matt Clegg
Max Allman
Casey Wayne McAllister
Executive Producer
Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Max Allman

Press Contact
Tatiana Bears
Blanton Boles Productions
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: 561 523 2544
Press Contact
David Magdael
David Magdael & Associates
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213 624 7827


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