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John G. Young (writer & director) The Village Voice called Young's first feature film, PARALLEL SONS " of the best independent films of the decade." After its premiere in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, it won Best Feature awards at the Florida Film Festival, OutFest and Frameline. It screened at over 40 national and international film festivals before it was released theatrically. Young's second feature THE RECEPTION opened in 2005 to rave reviews after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. The L.A. Times called it "polished, worldly and witty," while Variety called the film "effortlessly cosmopolitan." The New York Times said it was "quietly ambitious and memorable." The film won a Best Actor Award at OutFest and was released theatrically. RIVERS WASH OVER ME, Young's third feature film, premiered in 2009 as Newfest's Centerpiece. The film went on to play over 30 festivals garnering a Jury Award for Best Feature from The Chicago International LGBT Film Festival, and a Best Actor Award from OutFest. It made several top 10 lists for 2009.

Dane Joseph & Daniel Armando (producers) BWOY is produced in part by Novo Novus Productions, an award winning multi-media production headed by Joseph & Armando. Focused on producing content that highlights the LGBTQ community of color, their recent work includes three seasons of the pioneering hit comedy web series DRAMA QUEENZ (soon to make its network premiere on OutTV), the acclaimed feature WHAT IT WAS (Frameline, OutFest, Urbanworld film festivals), the award-winning BOYS LIKE YOU (Best Short, North Carolina LGBTQ Film Festival, currently distributed through Guest House Films), and the soon to be released feature films SUBWAYS, DADDY’S BOYS, and THE BREEDING. Other notable work includes the critically acclaimed docu web series FADE IN (about homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City), and the award-winning play REFLECTIONS IN A DITCH.


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Anthony Rapp (Brad O’Connor) Rapp is probably best known for playing “Mark Cohen” in the off Broadway and original Broadway cast of Jonathan Larson’s musical RENT.  He reprised that role in the film adaptation, which was released in 2005.  Rapp first performed on Broadway in 1981 in the musical THE LITTLE PRINCE AND THE AVIATOR, a musical based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novel THE LITTLE PRINCE. He also appeared in the 1987 movie ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, which was directed by Chris Columbus. Columbus would later direct Rapp in the film version of RENT. He has appeared in several movies and Broadway shows, most notably as intellectuals. His notable work includes such films as DAZED AND CONFUSED, A BEUTIFUL MIND, SCHOOL TIES, ROAD TRIP, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, and AN AMERICAN FAMILY.



De’Adre Aziza (Marcia) Aziza’s Broadway debut, PASSING STRANGE earned her a 2008 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, a Theater World Award, Obie Award, and Audelco award nomination. Since that time, De’Adre has also appeared in the Broadway musicals Women On THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, and A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN.  Since then, De’Adre has appeared in 2 Spike Lee films, MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, and RED HOOK SUMMER.   De’Adre was bor n in Atlanta, GA and raised in Teaneck, NJ.   

Jimmy Brooks (Yenny) Brooks was born in Monrovia, Liberia, the younger of two siblings.  After receiving a BFA in Drama and a BA in Mathematics, from Washington University in St. Louis, Brooks moved to NYC where he's worked on BLUE BLOODS, a slew of short and feature films and shows in the NYC theatre scene. Jimmy received accolades for his portrayal of Thomas the troubled half of a fraternal pair in the recent short CURVEBALL, which screened to rave reviews at multiple film festivals across the country. Jimmy received a Best Support actor award at the AC Cinefest for his role in the film.


a  novo novus production


written and directed


John G. Young


executive producers

Howard Bernstein

Dane Joseph

Daniel Armando


produced by

Anthony Rapp

John G. Young


production manager

Carol Mazzoni


production & costume designer

Zulema Griffin


director of photography

Ryan Balas


production coordinator

Deirdre Herlihy


original score

Kenneth Lampl

Darren Tate



Jason Wood


associate editor &

post production supervisor

William Nawrocki



                                                         Anthony Rapp                             Brad

                                                         De’Adre Aziza                               Marcia

                                                         Jimmy Brooks                             Yenny

                                                         Jermaine Rowe                           Demetrius

                                                         Drew Allen                                   Brad’s Boss

                                                         Ashton Randle                             Benjamin

                                                         Samiyah Thompson                   Child

                                                         Call Center Voice                         Jonathan Moore


Location Sound Mixer               Emily Schepker


                                                         Production Assistant                 Arilyn Martinez

                                                                                                              Dani Hilzenrath

                                                                                                              Meredith Payson

                                                                                                              José Roman

                                                         Sound Editor, Sound Design,

                                                         Re-Recording Mixer                  Zach McNees

                                                         Colorist                                       Andrew Carranza

                                                         Casting                                       NovoCasting

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