Do With It and Sleeping With The Enemy all showcase women abused by men. What happens
when you aren’t a woman? This is the question Piñata Productions raises in the same sex
domestic violence short drama Boys Will Be Boys.
The story melds concepts of reality and fantasy as the film explores the world of Billy Higgins
(newcomer Grayden Stroud), a young man assaulted by his long-time partner Chris (Michael C.
Potter). While locked in his bathroom, Billy imagines how his life might be if he opens the door
and faces the guests at his birthday party.
Boys Will Be Boys exists very much as art-imitating-real-life. Executive Producer Chuck Beatty
had been a victim of same sex domestic abuse (see Kickstarter video for more). After the assault,
he felt isolated, ashamed and unsure where to turn. Everything he knew about domestic abuse
related to heterosexual couples. In an effort to highlight the issue, Beatty approached director and
writer e.E. Charlton-Trujillo. Charlton-Trujillo, winner of the 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival
film category for Vanessa Rising, was a perfect fits for the surrealistic drama.
“Chuck wanted a film of truth and art,” comments Charlton-Trujillo. “Fiction with darkness and
beauty. That’s what I loved about Vanessa Rising and savor about Boys Will Be Boys.”
The film completed its Kickstarter campaign and generated over 400 percent of its initial $500
dollar goal for post production. “We are elated at the generosity of people,” Beatty says. “It is the
single best thing I could have asked for.”
On July 18th at 7:30 pm, Piñata Productions will celebrate a year of successful endeavors and a
sneak peek of the film thanks to sponsor Below Zero. Admission is free with music mixed by
Chris Mercier. Yummy food, a full bar and other swag goodies will be available.
Piñata Productions is a Cincinnati based company formed by multi-award-winning
filmmaker and novelist e.E. Charlton-Trujillo. Award-winning filmmaker Josh Flowers
serves as Executive Director for the company.
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