Swan Song (2021)

Director: Todd Stephens Run Time: 105 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Ira Hawkins, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans, Michael Urie, Udo Kier

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Premiered at SXSW 2021 and screened in the Local Heroes Competition at the Cleveland International Film Festival, where Stephens was presented the festival’s DReam Catcher award recognizing standout LGBTQ+ filmmakers.

Legendary actor Udo Kier stars as retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger, who escapes the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing home after learning of his former client’s dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. Soon, Pat embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past – and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job.

Swan Song is a comical and bittersweet journey about rediscovering one’s sparkle, and looking gorgeous while doing so.

About the filmmaker:

Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, Todd Stephens’ wrote, produced, and directed Another Gay Movie, Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!, and Gypsy 83. He also wrote and produced the autobiographical coming-out film Edge of Seventeen. All four features won numerous festival awards. Stephens is currently a Professor of Film at School of Visual Arts in NYC.

The fictionalized memoir Swan Song is Stephens’ heartfelt salute to a real-life local legend, and completes his “Ohio Trilogy”.

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