Homebody – comedic gender-queer body transfer “Freaky Friday” flick
Homebody is a lighthearted, genderqueer comedy, expanded from Joseph Sackett’s 2018 short I Was in Your Blood. Young Johnny Colby Minifie, The Boys) discovers a YouTube video that teaches him how to send his spirit out of his body and into his beloved babysitter Melanie. He can see through her eyes and operate her from the inside out. Johnny-as-Melanie plays dress-up, buys obscene amounts of candy, and has awkward run-ins with her friends, clients and partners. The pressures of pretending to be someone else can stack up fast!
Homebody is the directorial feature debut for Sackett, one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” whose shorts have screened in competition from Slamdance to Cannes. The film also stars Maria Dizzia (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Zoe Chao (The Afterparty), Tre Ryder (After the Wedding) and Whitmer Thomas (The Civil Dead).
Homebody premiered at Outfest, where it won the Emerging Talent Award, followed by NewFest, where Colby Minifie was awarded Best Performance, Inside Out where is won Best First Feature.
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