The First Annual

Theater 3:
In the Minority and On the Margin

Race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigrant status— all can be ingredients of solitary struggle.

The Beast Inside. The real-life journey and wisdom of Tilawn, a homeless teen,  told in rap revery and vivid hand-drawn animation.  Sometimes living with his father out of their car, Tilawn explains both the isolation and the connection to feels to others struggling whom he strives to help.  Director: Amy Enser Animator: Drew Christie



The Definition of Lonely. A young man, dressed for work sits on a park bench pretending to be part of the world around him. A passing dog owner, a gay extrovert elicits his secret and asks him out on his first-ever date.  Director: Leon Lopez

Honorable Mention

Sin Pais (Without Country). A family is divided as the undocumented parents are deported to Guatemala, taking their toddler but leaving their teens behind. Director: Theo Rigby

Honorable Mention

1985. A reclusive AIDS sufferer, disfigured by sarcoma, preparing to return home to his mother for care, reaches out to a special artist for help. Director: Yen Tan

The Outcast.  A Syrian immigrant to the U.S. suddenly separated from her husband by entry officials, is isolated, without a common language or practical means to go forward, until, perhaps, she is invited to play a chess game in the park. Director: Bucher Almzain

First Night Out. Dinner for one is an occasion to commemorate a newly embraced identity. Director: Will Mayo

Beyond This Place. Creative writing teacher and poet Clint Smith realized his assumptions about the prisoners he was teaching were wrong. As we move through images of fragmented, abandoned life, Smith’s poetic narration conveys the desires of these most isolated men to remain connected to those they left behind. Director: Charles Frank

The Other Side. The Other Side is the story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall. Director: Griselda San Martin

Headspace. Headspace gives a rare and intimate glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced by trans folk on a daily basis, as seen through trans athletes, military, actors and others. Director: Jake Graf

Your Help Matters!

Want to support our efforts to fight loneliness and isolation by connecting through creative expression?  We are a 501(c)3 public charity and contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.