'Innocent Boy', directed by Brock Cravy, picked up the Platinum Award for Best LGBTQ Short for the month of September, as well as being named runner up for Best Short Overall, with the festival awarding Cravy the Platinum Award for Best First Time Director at the Independent Short Awards in Los Angeles.
Additional Awards include:
The Silver Award for Best Cinematography, Karissa Leicht
The Silver Award for Best Acting Ensemble
The Bronze Award for Best Sound Design, Brock Cravy
The queer horror follows a group of rag-tag hustlers led by a loathsome Madam played by Tony nominated, Michael Vincent Berry. Penny, a young black trans boy in the throws of withdraw, is relentlessly bullied by his brothers in trade, but things change when a murders Cowboy (Kamy Bruder) rides into town. As the boys begin to fall one-by-one, Penny (Unique Jenkins) is caught between Cowboy’s murderous rage and the greed and corruption that the Madam represents.
“We believe our success is attributed to the films unique story, brilliant acting and gorgeous cinematography, AND the inclusion of a queer storyline in a historically under represented genre like horror.” Said Cravy, the first time narrative director. “What’s so unique is that, we believe that we have produced the first horror film (non satire) that features a black, transgendered protagonist. A bold choice we haven’t seen respectively since Sigourney Weaver in Alien (1979) and Duane Jones in Night of the Living Dead (1968).