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Were the World Mine

Promotional film poster
Directed by Tom Gustafson
Produced by Tom Gustafson
Cory James Krueckeberg
Peter Sterling
Written by Tom Gustafson
Cory James Krueckeberg
Starring Tanner Cohen
Wendy Robie
Judy McLane
Zelda Williams
Nathaniel David Becker
Jill Larson
Music by Jessica Fogle
Cinematography Kira Kelly
Editing by Jennifer Lilly
Studio The Group Entertainment
Distributed by SPEAKproductions
Release date(s) November 21, 2008 (2008-11-21)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $123,789

Were the World Mine is a 2008 American romantic /musical film directed by Tom Gustafson and written by Gustafson and Cory James Krueckeberg.

Were the World Mine is a story of gay empowerment, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Were the World Mine stars Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Jill Larson, Zelda Williams, and Nathaniel David Becker.

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Plot

Timothy (Tanner Cohen) is an openly gay student at a private boy's school. Although now in his senior year, he is still persecuted by the aggressive rugby team, with whom he has a crush on the captain, Jonathon (Nathaniel David Becker). Timothy lives with his mother, Donna (Judy McLane), who is struggling with her son's sexuality and with getting a job, and his father is not a part of his life.

Timothy is cast as Puck in the senior production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. While reviewing his lines, he discovers the recipe for a magical flower wielding the power of love. Timothy uses the flower to have the homophobic town take a "walk in his shoes". The entire town is thrown into chaos as previously heterosexual community members fall in love with their same-sex friends, bosses, and co-workers; whomever they first saw after being sprayed by the flower. The school drama teacher, Ms. Tebbit (Wendy Robie), guides Timothy towards the question of whether his actions have caused more harm than good.

Cast

Musical numbers

  1. "Oh Timothy" - Jonathon
  2. "Pity" - Frankie
  3. "Audition / Be As Thou Wast Wont" - Timothy and Ms. Tebbit
  4. "He's Gay" - Frankie
  5. "Were the World Mine" - Timothy and Jonathon
  6. "The Course of True Love" - Timothy, Frankie, Coach Driskill, Nora, Max, and Donna
  7. "Pyramus and Thisby" - Frankie and Cooper
  8. "All Things Shall Be Peace" - Ms. Tebbit and Timothy
  9. "Sleep Sound" - Timothy

Production

The film is a feature-length version of director Tom Gustafson's 2003 short film, Fairies, and also stars Wendy Robie.

Release

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Film festivals

Were the World Mine has played or is scheduled to play many film festivals in prominent slots in 2008. Awards already won include: Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Florida Film Festival; Best Music in a Narrative Film at the Nashville Film Festival; Best LGBT Feature Film at the Nashville Film Festival; and the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Turin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Were the World Mine screened at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco on June 27, 2008, and at the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival on July 11, 2008. The film opened the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 26, 2008 and closed the Reel Affirmations festival in Washington, DC on October 26, 2008. It was presented in November 2008 at the Gay/Lesbian Film Festival QUEERSICHT in Berne and Switzerland. The film was screened as the opening night gala at the 2009 Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Theatrical

Were the World Mine had a limited release in North American theaters on November 21, 2008.[1]

Home media

Soundtrack

The Were the World Mine original soundtrack album was released on CD on November 11, 2008 by PS Classics. The movie also features several songs used prominently in the film that were not included on the PS Classics soundtrack release, including "Relax, Take It Easy" by Mika, "The Magic Position" by Patrick Wolf and "Cock Star" by The Guts - sung by Tanner Cohen.

DVD

Were the World Mine was released on DVD in Europe on May 18, and in North America on June 9.

Awards and nominations

  • Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature (Heineken Red Star Award): Outfest 2008
  • James Lyon Editing Award for Narrative Feature: 2008 Woodstock Film Festival
  • Scion Award for First-Time Director: 2008 Philadelphia Int'l Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Best Music in a Narrative Feature Film and Best LGBT Feature Film: 2008 Nashville Film Festival
  • Directors Award: 2008 Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Jury Award for Best Overall Film: 2008 Fort Worth Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Adam Baran Rainbow Award for Best Narrative Feature: 2008 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
  • Jury Award for Best Feature Film: 2008 Outflix Film Festival
Audience Awards
  • Best Narrative Feature: 2008 Florida Film Festival
  • Best Narrative Feature: 2008 Turin International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Best Feature: 2008 Inside Out Toronto
  • Best Feature: 2008 Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Best Feature: Cinema Diverse 2008: Palm Springs GLFF
  • Grand Prize Best Feature: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2008
  • Best Feature: 2008 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

References

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