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Project of the Day: Teen Girls Fight for the Ultimate Accessory in ‘G.B.F.’: A Gay Best Friend

Project of the Day: Teen Girls Fight for the Ultimate Accessory in 'G.B.F.': A Gay Best Friend

Isn’t about time that gay boys got their own version of “Mean Girls”? That’s the reductive gist of Darren Stein’s “G.B.F.,” a high school comedy that puts the usual second (or third) banana role of the gay best friend front and center. Though in large part a send-up of the genre of straight teenage romantic comedies it mirrors, “G.B.F.” also stands nicely as its own (rare) entity: A sharp, sweet gay teen rom-com.

— Peter Knegt

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Tweetable Logline:
In this social satire, teen queens battle over a newly outed student to win the ultimate accessory — a G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend)
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Directed by Darren Stein (“Jawbreaker”), our story begins when Tanner
(Michael J. Willett) is outed and the most popular girls in school
launch an all-out social war to win his friendship, and be the first to
claim the ultimate must-have teen accessory: A G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend).
As prom approaches, Tanner’s must choose between skyrocketing
popularity and leaving his old friends in the dust. Meanwhile his former
best friend Brent (Paul Iacono) remains closeted and stews in jealousy
as he fends off the embarrassing outreach attempts made by his
overly-accepting mom (Megan Mullally).

Production Team:
Director – Darren Stein (Jawbreaker)
Writer – George Northy
Producers – Stephen Israel (Swimming with Sharks), Richard Bever
Editor – Phillip Bartel (I Am Divine)
DP – Jonathan Hall
About the Production:

“I was inspired to write G.B.F. while perusing unintentionally hilarious
articles about how women and teen girls now view getting a “Gay Best
Friend” as a kind of status goal. As if a “G.B.F.” is a must-have
accessory more valuable than the latest Birkin bag. I thought this was
both funny and sad. Then I started thinking about it all in the world of
iconic teen movies. My goal was to create a mainstream feeling teen
movie (in the tradition of Clueless, Mean Girls and Easy A) that let the
gay side character finally be the star.” –George Northy

Current Status:

Post-production, fundrasing, premiering at TriBeCa
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