Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Academy Award Nominee Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Golden Globe Award Winner Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung, “The Gifted”), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him.


Shot on black-and-white Super 16mm film,  “1985" takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.



85 mins | B&W | 1.66:1 | Super 16mm | 5.1



Written & Directed by Yen Tan

Story by Yen Tan & HutcH

Produced by HutcH & Ash Christian

Executive Producers: Clay Floren, Clay Pecorin, Aimee Shieh, Russell Geyser,

Cory Michael Smith, Nancy Schafer, Ian Brownell, Monte Zajicek, Stacey Davis,

Grey Sample, Brooke Christian, Brent Brewer, Brett Brewer

Co-Producers: Kat Candler, Mark Osborn

Associate Producers: Geenah Krisht, Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy,

Richard C. Jones, Lawrence S. Dickerson, Lisa Jenkins

Director of Photography: HutcH

Edited by HutcH & Yen Tan

Production Designer: Brittany Ingram

Costume Designer: Nichole Hull

Sound Designer: Eric Friend

Score Composed by Curtis Heath

Original Music & Additional Score by Dutch Rall



Dallas International Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize, Texas Competition)

Fire!! Barcelona LGBT Film Festival (Best Feature)

Champs-Élysées Film Festival (Audience Award, Student Jury Prize)

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival (Grand Jury Award, Best Screenwriting)

Queen Palm International Film Festival (Best Feature Film, Best Writer: Yen Tan, Best Actor: Cory Michael Smith, Best Supporting Actor: Michael Chiklis, Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Chung)