Former REM frontman Michael Stipe is the executive producer behind a new short film of a gay Korean man who yearns for a family, which the director used to come out to his own parents.
The short, entitled Dol, will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Indie music news site Electric Banana reports.
Writer and director Andrew Ahn says he used the film to come out to his own parents, who agreed to feature in it as actors without knowing their son was gay.
In the film, Nick is a gay Korean-American man living in Los Angeles’ Korean neighbourhood with his partner.
When Nick attends his nephew’s dol, a traditional Korean first birthday party, he finds himself longing for a life out of reach to him.
Ahn said: “I made this film to come out to my parents. I knew I wouldn’t be able to tell them, to say the words ‘I’m gay’.
“So I cast my family in the film, but never told them that it was about a gay Korean-American man. The filmmaking process both distracted from and prepared me for the inevitable – that I would eventually have to show my parents the finished film.”
Stipe came out in 2008, telling US magazine Spin: “I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious.
“I’d just never felt strongly enough about a particular relationship to say, ‘Yeah, he’s my boyfriend, that is what it is.’
“Now I recognise that to have public figures be very open about their sexuality helps some kid somewhere out there.”
Article: Pink News
Video: Dol Trailer by Andrew Ahn