FAMILIES’ REACTIONS TO SONS’ COMING OUT
Following an award-winning round at international film festivals, “Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!” is opening in St. Petersburg on Friday, February 11th at Muvico Baywalk 20.
Through the language of comedy, "Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!" delivers a powerful message of laughter, love, respect, tolerance and the value of relationships. The film shows how two families – one Jewish and one Italian - react to the news that their sons are gay. As the parents struggle to understand and accept their sons’ sexual orientation, the film ultimately delivers a poignant message, that “Love is Love.”
Produced, directed and written by Evgeny Afineevsky, the film has a star-studded and accomplished cast led by Lainie Kazan, whose hilarious portrayal of the Jewish mother has been called “the role of a lifetime,” along with Saul Rubinek, John Lloyd Young, Jai Rodriguez, Vincent Pastore, Bruce Vilanch and Carmen Electra.
The opening scene uses animation, showing the characters as “cartoons,” which underscores the director’s intention of showing the stereotypes we all tend to share; whether it be the overprotective Jewish mother, the thug-like Italian father or the flamboyantly gay son.
Executive Producer and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Desmond Child composed a song specifically for the film, securing British legend Lulu to record it.
"Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!" is a labor of love for Afineevsky, who spent nine years working on the script. Born in
Russia, raised in Israel and currently living in Los Angeles, Afineevsky created the film with a fresh perspective on a sensitive subject matter, mixing comedic elements with empathy and a realistic portrayal of family interactions.
“Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!” received 22 awards at international film festivals prior to the recent commercial
release. One need not be Jewish, Italian or Gay to appreciate the message of this film. A romantic comedy,
“Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!” reflects not only how far we’ve come, but also how far we still have to go.
The film opens Friday, February 11 at Muvico Baywalk 20, 151 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 502-0765. For further information, please go to www.oyveymysonisgay.com.