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Pose director Silas Howard tapped for gay-conversion horror movie Moonshadow

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The idea of gay conversion therapy has served as fodder for satire (Brüno, But I’m A Cheerleader) and drama, with 2018 serving as host to two heart-rending tales of the practice in The Miseducation Of Cameron Post and Boy Erased. Now, it will unfold in a genre that’s perhaps most indicative of its dehumanizing practices: Horror.

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Deadline reports that A Kid Like Jake director Silas Howard, a transgender artist with credits on FX’s Pose and Amazon’s Transparent, will helm a horror movie following a “transgender teen who is sent to a science-based conversion camp by his family.” There, “he quickly learns that the youth there are being converted into something less than human.” Co-writer Daniel Foerste, Deadline notes, has personal experience with LGBTQ conversion therapy.

The film is called Moonshadow, and it comes from Gunpowder & Sky, Nonetheless Productions, and filmmaker Justin Lin’s digital production company YOMYOMF.

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“With a battle over transgender rights playing out on the national stage, and as a member and advocate of the trans community, I feel it is critical to be a part of the conversation,” Howard said. “The current generation of young people is living with entirely new expectations about gender and sexuality, and Moonshadow is for them.”

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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