April 10-14, 2021

Socks on Fire

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Socks on Fire is a lyrical testament to Southern women couched in the battle for my grandmother’s throne. I returned home from New York City to find that my Aunt Sharon, my favorite childhood relative, had locked her gay, drag-queen brother, my Uncle John, out of the family home. As a queer Southerner, who can be both equally protective and skeptical of the South, Aunt Sharon stoked a fire within me to document the place and the people I call home. Through a series of stylized reenactments spun in with family VHS footage, Socks on Fire documents the fluidity of identity, personality, and performance in my hometown among my Mama’s people.

Filmmaker Biographies

Bo McGuire (Director) was born the queer son of a Waffle House cook and his third-shift waitress in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. The first movie he truly fell for was the music video for Reba McEntire’s “Fancy.” His transgenerational docudrama entitled Socks on Fire was selected for the 2018 IFP Post-Production Lab, the short version of which won a grand jury prize at the Nashville Film Festival. His original television pilot Shitbird was selected by Spike Lee to receive the Sandra Ifraimova Award and his feature script Alabama Snipe Fight recently landed on NYU’s Purple List. He belongs to the First Church of Dolly Parton.


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April 10-14, 2021.