STRAIGHT UP / written and directed by (me)

The trans-generational citations come fast and furious, never lingered on for more than a sharply inhaled breath. Both Sweeney and Findlay are more than up to the task of playing arrested millennials dancing around their problems, forever walking a fine line between charm and aggravation. And Sweeney as filmmaker effectively goes the Wes Anderson route of letting emotion bust through all the aesthetic archness at key moments.
— Hollywood Reporter

STRAIGHT UP is a romantic comedy-drama about intellectual soul mates.
He might be gay. She might not care.

FRAMELINE 43 - WORLD PREMIERE
OUTFEST - BREAKTHROUGH CENTERPIECE

Starring:

Katie Findlay as RORY
James Sweeney as TODD
Dana Drori as MEG
James Scully as RYDER
Tracie Thoms as DR. LARSON
Betsy Brandt as TOPANGA
Randall Park as WALLACE

PRODUCERS: David Carrico, Ross Putman, James Sweeney
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Greg Cotten
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Tye Whipple
EDITOR: Keith Funkhouser
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Logan Nelson
MUSIC SUPERVISOR: Lauren Fay Levy
CASTING BY: Jessica Munks, CSA

It’s the battle between what they feel for each other and what they believe their relationship should amount to that gives “Straight Up” its most memorable qualities. Beyond Todd’s exasperating peculiarities or Rory’s vocal disenchantment with acting, what’s at stake is the validity of the life they’ve started to build together in a world hell-bent to conclusively determine what they are, where they fall on the Kinsey spectrum, or if their sentiments for each other are real.
— The Wrap