The Thing

A woman, a transgender man, and their cat travel towards a mysterious roadside attraction known as “The Thing”.

There’s something missing in Tristan and Zooey’s relationship. Zooey has spent weeks planning a road trip to a mysterious roadside attraction known as “The Thing” in the hopes that she and Tristan will reconnect. Both Tristan, a transgender man, and his fluffy grey cat Steven struggle to find places to comfortably pee, while Zooey learns the open road isn’t everything she hoped it would be. Will they find what they’re looking for at “The Thing”?

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Project Date: 2012-01-01


15 minutes, Super 16mm, 2012

Directed by Rhys Ernst
Written by Rhys Ernst & Avery McTaggart
Starring Hilt Trollsplinter and Ruthie Doyle
Producers Cary Cronenwett, Logan Kibens
Director of Photography Ava Berkofsky
Editor Eileen Meyer
Production designer Erin Smith
Music by Alexis Gideon

Sundance 2012
Outfest 2012
Frameline 2012
Portugal Underground Film Festival 2012
Rushes Soho Shorts 2012
Brisbane International Film Festival 2012
MIX Brazil
Melbourne International LGBT Film Festival
Indie Memphis

Outstanding Short: Queer Fruits Film Festival
Best Narrative: Carrboro Film Festival
Best Short: Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival