Stephen Barnett is a Queer Indie Filmmaker.
THE CHOICE is his/their 21st short film after years of exploratory no-budgets of varied length and a few accolades while earning a CUNY,BA Baccalaureate in Theatre & Cinema and a CUNY,MALS Master's in Gender, Sexuality, and Cinema Theory. He/They spent 2022 producing this short film project to socially empower his/their mother's choice while mourning the passing of both parents in the Fall of 2021. He/They are presently writing & developing feature projects to inspire hope & possibility across multiple underrepresented diversities.




What compels a person to choose a contrary point of view to the only one they’ve ever known? For Mrs. "Ruth" Wilson (Lucy McMichael) it is the tragic consequence of the inherent trap of both loving and hating, which prompts the discussion with her Priest/Father (Alessandro Colla) regarding the main/principal character Tracy (Ruth's LGBTQ+ grandchild). When writing the script and then working with Lucy, Alessandro, and the collective Crew the mis-en-scene’s objective was Ruth’s communicating from an evolving clarity of self-awareness.


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