The Art of Being Straight

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The Art of Being Straight
Directed by Jesse Rosen
Produced by Ursula Camack, Jesse Rosen, Amy Wasserman
Screenplay by Jesse Rosen
Starring Johnny Ray
Music by Trevor Howard
Cinematography Aaron Torres
Edited by Robert Schulbaum
Release date
  • June 20, 2008 (2008-06-20) (Frameline Film Festival)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Art of Being Straight is a 2008 film by Jesse Rosen on Malvern Productions. He also wrote the screenplay and plays the lead role of Jon.[1] The film explores Jon's unexpected search for identity. The film was an official selection at the 2008 Frameline Film Festival (San Francisco LGBT Film Festival) and the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


John, an aspiring photographer, breaks up with his girlfriend, and moves west to Los Angeles for a new start. He thinks he's got it all figured out. He's young, good looking and has always had a way with the ladies. He meets old acquaintances, Andy and Maddie. Then gets introduced to Maddie's girlfriend, Anna. John takes an entry-level position at an ad agency, but things develop with Paul, a successful executive at the firm, who takes a special interest in John. Eventually they end up together in Paul's bed, and his world turns upside down.


  • Jesse Rosen as John (lead role)
  • Johnny Ray as Paul (lead role)
  • Jared Grey as Andy
  • Rachel Castillo as Maddy
  • Emilia Richeson as Anna
  • Jim Dineen as Young Male Office Assistant
  • Jesse Janzen as Brian
  • Tyler Jenich as Cole
  • Alan LaPolice as Rand
  • Bryan McGowan as Matt
  • Anne Reeder as Simone
  • Dana May Salah as Renee
  • Pete Scherer as Aaron
  • Jen Zaborowski as Bela


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