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Socks on Fire

Producers Tatiana Bears


A poet composes a cinematic love letter to his grandmother as his homophobic aunt and drag queen uncle wage war over her estate in Hokes Bluff, Alabama.

From director Bo McGuire:

Socks on Fire is a transgenerational docudrama couched in the battle royal for my Nanny’s throne. I returned home from New York City to find that my Aunt Sharon, my favorite childhood relative, had locked her gay, drag-queen brother, my Uncle John out of the family home. As a queer Southerner, who can be both equally protective and skeptical of the South, Aunt Sharon stoked a fire within me to document the place and the people I call home. Through a series of stylized reenactments spun with family VHS footage and colorful interviews, Socks on Fire documents the fluidity of identity, personality, and performance in my hometown among my Mama’s people.”

About The Team

Bo McGuire (Director) was born the queer son of a Waffle House cook and his third-shift waitress in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. The first movie he truly fell for was the music video for Reba McEntire’s “Fancy.” His transgenerational docudrama entitled Socks on Fire was selected for the 2018 IFP Post Production Lab, the short version of which won a grand jury prize at Nashville Film Festival. His original television pilot Shitbird was selected by Spike Lee to receive the Sandra Ifraimova Award and his feature script Alabama Snipe Fight recently landed on NYU’s Purple List. He belongs to the First Church of Dolly Parton.

Tatiana Bears (Producer) is a Canadian-born, Florida-raised producer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving her BFA from Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, she began working as a Producer on a number of independent feature films, including Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2018, and Night Comes On which premiered at Sundance and was awarded the NEXT Innovator Award. In 2017, Tatiana participated in the Venice Biennale College Cinema with Robin’s second feature project, Swamp Queen. Tatiana is producing her first documentary feature Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers which was a participant in the IFP Post Production Lab.

Socks on Fire is a Cinereach grantee.