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Clayton Center at Sunset
Apr 13

Southern Circuit Film "Socks on Fire"

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Time: All Day Event
Date: Saturday April 10, 2021 through Tuesday April 13, 2021
Location: Clayton Center for the Arts
Address: 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN, 37804
Price: Free
Category: Film / Movie
outhern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers

Screening and Q&A with Writer, Director, Producer Bo McGuire.

Free Screening available for 4 days

My name is Bo McGuire. I am the first grandchild of the late, great Evelyn Louise Blanton-Washington of Gadsden, Alabama. Now, even though I conjure her as a great historical figure, y’all don’t know her. Not yet. She is my mama’s mama, my Nanny, and I speak of her as royalty because she is—queen of my heart, my imagination. She was the savior of my young, incredibly queer life in the sometimes cruel geography of rural, working-class Alabama.

Socks on Fire is a lyrical testament to Southern women couched in the battle for my grandmother’s throne. I returned home from New York City to find that my Aunt Sharon, my favorite childhood relative, had locked her gay, drag-queen brother, my Uncle John, out of the family home. As a queer Southerner, who can be both equally protective and skeptical of the South, Aunt Sharon stoked a fire within me to document the place and the people I call home. Through a series of stylized reenactments spun in with family VHS footage, Socks on Fire documents the fluidity of identity, personality, and performance in my hometown among my Mama’s people.

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Clayton Center for the Arts

502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804
Ph: 865.981.8590