Directed by Amanda Brooke Avery
Written and directed by a queer sex worker, and made by an entirely female and non-binary crew, Leaving Charlie is a short film in which a queer stripper navigates comical, and sometimes dark relationships with her co-workers and customers, while trying to discover her path in life and maintain her sense of self.
Director/ Amanda Brooke Avery – Writer, Actor, Stunt-Woman, Crazy Cat Lady, Yoga Instructor and sometimes…your private dancer. Amanda worked professionally as an actor on shows including: American Horror Story, Halt and Catch Fire, and Sons of Anarchy. This film is her directorial debut.
Cast: Amanda Brooke Avery, Bonnie Swencionis, Erik Parillo
Director of Photography: Zoe Van Brunt
Producer: Phoebe Brown
Editor: Charlene Fisk, Carrie Schrader
88 minsThe MATINEE ONE program of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival features nine short films that portray a sense of unity, trust, acceptance and self-discovery punctuated with some genuine humor. Includes Q&A with filmmakers.