Pornstar-turned-actor Frankie Valenti (AKA Johnny Hazzard) leads this endearing drama where two estranged brothers reunite after the death of their father. Chet and Todd are polar opposites; one is a closeted introvert and the other a boisterously out-and-proud spunk. The two have chosen very different lives for themselves, yet the film lets us see the deep bond they will always share as gay siblings.
Valenti’s stripped back and vulnerable performance as brother Todd is a far cry from his experience in porn, under stage name Johnny Hazzard. Both Valenti and Mark Strano’s award-winning performances (Best Actor at LesGaiCineMad 2014 and L.A. Outfest 2014, respectively) give this film its life and heart.
Inspired by director Wade Gasque’s experience growing up gay in a small town, the film is an honest, relatable, and surprisingly warm experience. Tiger Orange takes you on a journey through the values of community weighed against honest self-worth.
“Porn star Johnny Hazzard, aims to re-invent himself using his real name, Frankie Valenti, and pulls off the feat with considerable charm and skill. There’s no question that Valenti walks away with the film.” – Hollywood Reporter
“Frankie Valenti plays Todd and puts in a much more credible performance than one may have suspected, and he proves to be a strong focal point of the drama. He is very charismatic and easily shows that he doesn’t have to be naked to grab our attention.” – Roger Walker-Dack, Queertiques
“Porn star turned actor’ might seem like a stunt, but both Valenti and the film around him are an effective, thought-provoking take of gay life seen through the eyes of two brothers.” – Big Gay Picture Show
Classification: Unclassified 18+
Dates & Times:
Sunday 29 March 7pm
Winner Grand Jury Award Best Actor in a Feature Film Mark Strano, Outfest | Winner Audience Award Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival | Grand Jury Award for Best Film & Best Actor Frankie Valenti, LesGaiCineMad | Bronze Reel in Narrative Features, Chicago LGBT International Film Festival