Clothes do not necessary make the man in The Outfit, a social satire inspired by actual events that tackles image control and sexual politics. You’re Next’s AJ Bowen stars in this Dallas-shot short film as James, a conservative Texas congressman who is labeled “gay” by Internet trolls because of the shirt and the belt he worn to a political function. The attack unnerves James, who becomes obsessed with the outfit that has caused him much embarrassment. James’ public and private nightmare unfolds in horror-like fashion as The Outfit questions whether he’s a politician trying to save his career from unfounded rumors or a gay man who refuses to come out of the closet. A collaboration between Austin-based filmmakers Yen Tan and Don Swaynos, The Outfit will screen 5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Salvage Vanguard Theater as part of OUTsider Festival’s “Screen Queens: The Queer Filmmakers of Texas” short films program. Yen Tan previously directed Ciao and Pit Stop, which Don Swaynos edited. Swaynos, who directed Pictures of Superheroes, also edited Cinema Six, Saturday Morning Mystery, Love & Air Sex, The Sideways Light, the upcoming The Big Spoon and the CNN documentary series High Profits. Writer/editor Don Swaynos joins writer/director Yen Tan during this interview.
Aired: Feb. 11, 2016
Web sites: https://www.facebook.com/theoutfitfilm and http://outsiderfest.org/