A QV Film That is "Straight"
Craig Kestel spearheads a new generation of QV
By Jade Esteban Estrada, Celebrity Feature Writer
Not long ago, QV roles in feature
films were almost always presented in ways that were inappropriate
and offensive. But times are changing and director/ screenwriter
Craig Kestel is riding high on the new wave of QV subject matter
with a new film project cleverly titled, "Straight."
The film is a "dramedy"
that follows the life of a confused teenager as he prepares to
"'Straight' is written
from a straight point of view," explains 25-year-old Kestel.
"It's the story of this guy who digs his best friend. He
gets the chance to be with him-and that is what happens."
Kestel feels something special for this screenplay. "I feel
I have written a story with heart," he says. "My circle
of friends, who are mostly film people, keep telling me, 'this
is the one.'"
He adds, "I wouldn't
call this biographical or even semi-biographical. However, I
think in every character there is a little bit of me."
Kestel himself downplays
the importance of his sexuality as an active factor in his work.
"I don't see it (my
sexuality) as important," he muses. "I grew up in New
York and I was exposed to all the elements-much more than most.
I never saw sexuality as an issue. My world has not changed because
of my sexuality."
Kestel charmingly evades
any insight into his love life. "I have no time for a relationship.
I write about relationships so there's no point in being in one,
at least for now."
"My main objective
in my artistic career is to tell stories and make a living out
of it. I have made a story I enjoy watching."
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