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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.

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.

“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.”

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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.