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In the Summer of 2004, a teenage boy on a transformative journey to Cape Cod faces toxic expectations about manhood, challenging his understanding of masculinity.

Growing up, I felt suffocated by presumptions about what it means to be a man from my peers. Without an outlet to recognize its stereotypes, it was rather difficult for me to express my own masculinity in a comfortable setting. By sharing my story, I'm aiming for this film to create a safe space to introspect the expectations society places on young men today. Providing audiences an opportunity to confront these pressures with empathy.

Charlie Norton is a dynamic producer and editor born and raised in Bridgewater, MA operating between Boston and New York City. He possesses a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from Hofstra University and tackles diverse narrative content on both coasts. His work has screened at organizations such as Dances with Films Los Angeles, Soho International Film Festival NYC as well as the Oscar Qualifying Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival. His 2023 short film, The Lost Weekend, was the recipient of The Golden Lion Award [Best in Show] at the 26th Hofstra Student Film Festival and was nominated for Best Narrative Short Film at the Smodcastle Film Festival hosted by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back). more...

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