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A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951


93 minutes

Matthew Mishory

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"Mesmerizing and sexy!" — San Francisco Chronicle

"Breathtaking." — The Advocate

A smash hit at LGBT film festivals across the globe, Matthew Mishory’s acclaimed new drama, A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951 is a fearless, intimate fictional portrait of James Dean on the cusp of becoming both a great actor and an outsider icon. The stunningly handsome James Preston stars as the legendary ‘50s movie star whose sex appeal for both men and women was undeniable.

Stylishly evoking the boundary-pushing sexuality of New Queer Cinema as it focuses on Dean's experiences as a rising star in Los Angeles, the film's surreal and dreamlike vignettes blend biographical and fictionalized elements to present pivotal moments in his short yet remarkable life.

A must-see gay film!

"An evocative, nuanced, visually stunning black and white intimate portrait of a period of time in the life of James Dean before he was a household name." — Filmmaker Magazine

"4.5 Stars! Of the more than 100 LGBT-themed movies that screened last summer at Outfest, the Los Angeles gay and lesbian film festival, the standout was this speculative bio of the rumored-to-be-bisexual movie star James Dean." – ECHO Magazine

A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951

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