Presented By:Clay Liford
Slash is a sensitive, engaging dramedy that melds teen angst and online erotic fantasy into a nuanced exploration of the fan-fiction subculture. Neil (Michael Johnston) is a reclusive 15-year-old suburban high-schooler who channels his creative energies into writing slash fiction chronicling the polysexual misadvantages of superheroes, in this case the muscular hero Vanguard (Tishuan Scott)— whose alternative lifestyle is vividly portrayed in highly enjoyable fantasy sequences.
The turning point in Neil’s life is his new association with older, wiser classmate Julia (Hannah Marks). She is a more aggressive and outspoken slash writer, and encourages Neil to test his boundaries as a writer and as an individual. With her encouragement, he joins The Rabbit’s Hole, an age-restricted erotic fan-fiction website where writers freely explore their heroes’ sexual options. Encouraged to actually publish his writings online by Julie, Neil ultimately attracts the attention of The Rabbit’s Hole’s moderator Denis (Michael Ian Black), whose interest in Neil may extend beyond his work.
This is where the natural progression of events could get creepy for any audience. But Neil and Julia’s adventures are the heart and soul of Clay Liford’s subtle and insightful peek into the process of coming to grips with budding sexuality, and finding healthy outlets for creativity and self-expression. Further adding to the film’s warm mix of comedy and drama is the amazing chemistry between Johnston and Marks, giving winning performances that are both energetic and symbiotic. (Eric Cotten)Director Bio
Clay Liford is the director of MDFF features Earthling (2010) and Wuss (2011). His comedy short My Mom Smokes Weed has played over forty festivals, including MDFF and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. As a DP, Clay has shot 20 features, including the award-winning films St. Nick (MDFF 2009) and Gayby (MDFF 2012). The feature Slash builds on the world first visited in his short S/ASH, which screened within MDFF 2013.