Yen Tan’s “1985” starring Cory Michael Smith
Starring Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis and Jamie Chung
Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Academy Award Nominee Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Golden Globe Award Winner Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung, “The Gifted”), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him.
Shot on black-and-white super 16mm film, “1985” takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love, and family.
Director: Yen Tan
Screenwriter: Yen Tan
Cast: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung, Aidan Langford, Ryan Piers Williams
Distributor: Wolfe Releasing
Release Date: Oct. 26th (NY – Quad Cinema; LA – Laeemle Noho 7)
Producers: HutcH, Ash Christian
Director of Photography: HutcH
Editors: HutcH, Yen Tan
Instagram / Twitter / Facebook: @1985thefilm
Official Site: 1985thefilm.com
TRT: 85 min.
“A deeply emotional tearjerker and family story… that earns its tears honestly and scrupulously. Cory Michael Smith is exquisite. Madsen has rarely been as fine.”
– Dan Callahan, THE WRAP
“Yen Tan’s miracle of a film masterfully sets a heartbreaking, small-scaled familial story against the massive backdrop of the AIDS crisis. Richly hypnotic.”
– Tomris Laffly, FILM SCHOOL REJECTS
“An excellent drama. All the performances are very good, with stage-trained Smith providing a center of quiet intensity.”
– Dennis Harvey, VARIETY