Make the Yuletide Gay

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Make the Yuletide Gay
Make the yuletide gay theatrical poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Rob Williams
Produced by Rodney Johnson
Matthew Montgomery
Rob Williams
Written by Rob Williams
Starring Keith Jordan
Adamo Ruggiero
Hallee Hirsh
Kelly Keaton
Derek Long
Alison Arngrim
Ian Buchanan
Gates McFadden
Music by Austin Wintory
Cinematography Ian McGlocklin
Edited by Denise Howard
Production
company
Distributed by TLA Releasing
Release date
  • May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17) (Canada)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Make the Yuletide Gay is a 2009 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Rob Williams about a gay college student who is out at school, but is afraid to reveal his sexual orientation to his parents.[1] It stars Keith Jordan as Gunn, and Adamo Ruggiero as Gunn's boyfriend and roommate, Nathan. Kelly Keaton and Derek Long star as Anya and Sven, Gunn's parents, while Hallee Hirsh appears as Abby, Gunn's high school girlfriend.

Make the Yuletide Gay premiered at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival on May 17, 2009.[2]

The title of the film comes from a line in the 1944 song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane.

Cast[edit]

  • Keith Jordan as Olaf "Gunn" Gunnunderson: Gunn is a college student who is openly gay at school. Back at home, his parents, neighbors, and high school friends think that he is straight. Gunn is afraid that his parents will stop loving him if they find out that he is gay. When he goes home for Christmas, he has to change the way he dresses and his personal mannerisms in order to maintain his heterosexual façade.
  • Adamo Ruggiero as Nathan Stanford: Nathan, an openly gay college student from a wealthy family in the Upper East Side, is Gunn's boyfriend and dorm roommate. Unlike Gunn, Nathan is completely open about his sexuality, including with his parents.
  • Hallee Hirsh as Abby Mancuso: Abby lives across the street from Gunn, and they had a brief romantic relationship while they were in high school.
  • Kelly Keaton as Anya Gunnunderson: Anya is Gunn's jovial, happy-go-lucky mother. She grew up in Wisconsin and is a housewife.
  • Derek Long as Sven Gunnunderson: Sven is Gunn's forgetful, pot-smoking father. He grew up in Minnesota and is a professor at the local college.
  • Alison Arngrim as Heather Mancuso: Heather is Abby's mother. Heather and Anya pretend to be friends, but they secretly despise each other.
  • Ian Buchanan as Peter Stanford and Gates McFadden as Martha Stanford: Peter and Martha are Nathan's wealthy, emotionally detached parents. They decide to go on a cruise, leaving Nathan all alone for Christmas.

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film hasn't received any reviews from critics, and it holds a score of 64% rating from audience reviews.

Awards[edit]

[2]

Year Festival Award Category
2009 FilmOut San Diego Audience Award Best Narrative Feature
Best Supporting Actress, Kelly Keaton
Best Supporting Actor, Derek Long
2009 Seoul LGBT Film Festival Audience Award Best Feature
2009 Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award Best Men's Feature
2009 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Men's Centerpiece Selection
2009 Philadelphia QFest Festival Favorite
2009 Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Gala Night Film

DVD release[edit]

Make the Yuletide Gay was released on DVD on November 10, 2009.[1]

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