Daddy's Boy

DIRECTOR: Daniel Armando

West Coast Premiere

Expected to attend: Director Daniel Armando, Editor/Cinematographer Ryan Balas, Actor Al Miro, Actor James Koroni

Four young men, each somewhere near the crossroads where boyhood and adulthood meet, find their lives intertwined in the strange world of low-budget porn and male burlesque photo shoots in New York City. Max (Al Miro) is a suave, handsome Italian living in Canada who has become somewhat of a regular in the adult film scene. Checking into a hotel before the shoot, he struggles to put his feelings toward his distant father into a letter. Elsewhere in the city, Max meets and exchanges phone numbers with Fabian (Joe Lopez), a Puerto Rican from Queens with latent homosexual tendencies, who is grappling with the challenges of becoming a father for the first time and hearing an unexpected revelation from his own dad. Manuel (Jonathan Iglesias), a quiet but confident midnight cowboy from Arizona, makes his way to New York to shoot a porn scene with Max. While in town, he reaches out to his estranged older brother Jorge (James Koroni), a somber dancer in a loveless relationship with an overly critical photographer.

With a nod to the French New Wave and a dash of Cassavetes, writer-director Daniel Armando weaves themes of fatherhood, family, and manhood into a beautifully stylized, enormously evocative, and highly erotic sketch of contemporary New York City that feels timeless with its stunning black-and-white cinematography.

— Joe Bowman

In English, French, Italian with English subtitles.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F107

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