In 1986, nine-year-old Tate Millikin is uprooted and unwillingly moved to the suburbs of Kansas City. As his parent’s marriage unravels, Tate finds solace in the unlikely friendships of his new next door neighbors: a retired college professor and his transgender daughter, Gossamer.
Director Biography – Lisa Donato
Lisa Donato is an award-winning director, writer, and activist based in Austin, TX. Her feature film, Gossamer Folds is about neighbors with unhappy home lives who strike up an unexpected friendship during the summer of 1986. The film marks Donato’s directorial debut and will release to festivals soon.She directed a DocuSeries for AOL about drag culture featuring BenDeLaCreme, Aja, Jupiter Velvet and many more fabulous queer artists across the U.S.She co-wrote the feature film, Signature Move, which world-premiered at SXSW (2017), screened at over 150 festivals worldwide, and can currently be found on Amazon Prime. She’s directed six award-winning short films since 2014 and her work is dedicated to people and communities relegated to the margins. She’s earned a passionate following by telling stories that don’t shy from the unique struggles of women, queer and straight, but focus on the power, resilience, and love they demonstrate in the face of it.She’s also working with actress and recent stroke survivor, Maggie Whittum, on a Documentary Featureabout a group of female artists with disabilities called The Great Now What. Her mixed-media project, Hobo Salon, provides free haircuts for Austin’s homeless community and collects personal experiences through filmed interviews. Other story credits include shows for National Geographic Wild, Oprah Winfrey Network, PBS, and published personal essays in the LA Times, Self Magazine, Curve Magazine, Austin Women, Whole Life Times, and 5280 Magazine.