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‘Slash’ Exclusive Clip: A Withdrawn Fan Fiction Writer Comes of Age and Discovers a Community

When high school freshman Neil (Michael Johnston) finally publishes his writing on the Internet, he discovers a whole new world.



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It’s common for adolescents to hide their passions from their peers and family out of fear of humiliation, especially if your passion involves slash fiction, a genre of fan fiction that focuses on the relationships and sexual attraction of fictional characters of the same sex. The new film “Slash” follows high school freshman Neil (Michael Johnston) who writes his slash fiction in secret until he meets the older Julia (Hannah Marks) who pushes him to publish it online. But when the site moderator takes an interest in his stories, a new world opens up for Neil. It co-stars Michael Ian Black (“The State”), Missi Pyle (“Gone Girl”), Tishuan Scott (“Results”), Sarah Ramos (“Parenthood”), Peter Vack (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Violett Beane (“Tower”) and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

READ MORE: ‘Slash’ Review: A Sweet, Semi-Satisfying Coming-Of-Age Story for The Comic-Con Crowd

The film is directed by Clay Liford. He has previously directed the feature films “Earthlings,” about a small group of people who realize they’ve been living their lives as aliens instead of humans, “Wuss,” about a high school teacher who teams up with a student to fight back against bullies and horror anthology film “A Four Course Meal.” He has also worked as a cinematographer on many projects, including “ABC of Death 2” and “Gayby.”

READ MORE: ‘Slash’ Tracks a Teen’s Online Adventures in the World of Fan Fiction

“Slash” first premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. It later screened at the Montclair Festival, the Eindburgh Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival. It opened in New York this past Friday and is hitting Los Angeles (at the Laemmle Noho) today. It is currently available on VOD.


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