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SOURCE Melisse Tokic
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Melisse Tokic's career debuting short film, Queer and Southern God, has been nominated for three awards at the Southern Shorts Awards in August. The nominations include Best Film in the Drama Category, Melisse Tokic as Best Director, and Adrian Hill as Best Actress. The Southern Shorts Awards has been named Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals by Film Freeway. The festival will be held on August 4th at the Aurora Cineplex in Roswell, GA. Queer and Southern God will show in the Drama block from 6:00PM-7:15PM.
Along with the three nominations, Queer and Southern God has already been presented with the Award of Distinction for Direction and the Award of Excellence for Screenplay.
Queer and Southern God is a thought-provoking short film that follows the story of a transgender sexual assault victim, Hank, set in rural Tennessee. Hank finds himself pregnant and hasn't had a God to turn to in a minute. He's got his Mama, but she's busy drinking her Budweiser and smoking the Kools. It just may take the spiritual guidance of the town loon to show Hank another way of looking at the world and "God".
Written and directed by Melisse Tokic, the coming of age tale explores the importance of various spiritual paths, addiction, microaggressions and hope after violence painted by a cast of colorful characters who show Hank another way of looking at the world and God. The goal is that this story will be developed in to a series.
As an activist and filmmaker, Melisse wanted to change the way minorities are disproportionately portrayed in the media - her vehicle is film. She assembled a board and has been granted 501c3 status for "Dialogue Films", a non-profit that awards marginalized filmmakers grants to make their own projects. Melisse is determined to make this cause her life's work while still playing the role of wife, mother and mental health counselor.
For more information about the film, please visit www.queerandsoutherngod.com
For more information about Southern Shorts Awards, please visit https://southernshortsawards.com
Written by Christina Black - Derailed Development
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