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Copyright © 2011 Drew Stephens

Viewer Discretion Advised (Tape 96)

On this date night, Vince discovers that Jerry's problems with a former addiction have resurfaced. In the next few minutes, Vince must decide if he will continue to try to salvage the relationship, or accept that he can never measure up to Jerry's desire for Tape 96.

Film notes

It was truly love at first sight when I saw this story acted on stage in June of 2010, during a collection of gay & lesbian short plays presented by Bindlestiff Studio, a Filipino-American Performing Arts collective in San Francisco.

The story blew me away with its deceptive simplicity, and its outright manipulation of my tendency to pre-judge what I was seeing. "VDA Tape96" got into my head - and my heart - and wouldn't let go.

I immediately tracked down the playwright, and collaborated on the screenplay. Together, with the help of community-based filmmaker support group Scary Cow Productions, we then mounted an all-volunteer cast & crew to share the film version with others.

I could not be more honored or more flattered to be part of this incredibly-talented team of creative individuals. We are all very passionate about this story, and hope that you will help us share it with others.

Thank you!
-Drew Stephens, Director
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Assistant Director
Associate Producer
Writer (Original story)
Lighting Assistant


Copyright © 2011 Drew Stephens

Awards and nominations

Best Short Film
22 Apr – 26 Apr | United States

Previous screenings

6 Oct – 16 Oct | Tampa, United States
20 Oct – 23 Oct | Santa Barbara, United States
20 Oct – 28 Oct | San Diego, United States
27 Oct – 11 Nov | Fort Lauderdale, United States
22 Apr – 26 Apr | Saint Louis, United States
Best Short Film
24 May – 28 May | Mauna Lani Resort, United States
17 Oct – 21 Oct | Orlando, United States
Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
18 Oct – 28 Oct | Barcelona, Spain

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Related news

Viewer Discretion Advised (Tape 96) has received a new award at QFest St. Louis. | more...
27 April 2012
Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 6 Sep 2012