1985. Texas, Christmas 1985 – Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) is home for the first time in three years. Between his mother’s fawning affections, his father’s begrudging, stilted conversation and his younger brother’s cold shoulder, Adrian is all too aware of the impact his absence has had on them.
A mutual love of Madonna’s music helps the brothers to reconnect. Their relationship starts to rebuild through “ungodly” music and movies and Adrian remembers the repressed life he left behind as he helps Andrew secretly rebuild his cassette tape collection that their pastor had previously destroyed.
He is determined to make this visit count, only he knows that the life he built in New York City is crumbling apart.
1985 has a bravura ensemble performance from a stellar cast that includes Cory Michael Smith (Gotham, First Man, Carol), Jamie Chung (Gotham, The Gifted), Golden Globe Winner Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, American Horror Story, Gotham) and Oscar Nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways)
The film won two awards at Iris Prize Festival for Best Feature and for Jamie Chung in Best Performance In A Female Role category. L.A. Outfest also awarded the Outstanding Screenwriting Award to Yen Tan.