NORA HIGHLAND begins broadcasting on https://www.revry.tv from Friday, May 20, 2022.
Adapted from the play of the same name, NORA HIGHLAND follows the process of casting a notable gay character in an upcoming Broadway revival and explores the phenomenon of heterosexual performers being praised for their work in queer roles.
The film is written and directed by Ryan Spahn.
The NORA HIGHLAND feature stars Marin Ireland, Michael Hsu Rosen, Mallory Portnoy, Eric Patrick Harper, Michael Urie, Carlease Burke, Henry Jenkinson and Marcus Crawford Guy. The film had its world premiere at NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival.
NORA HIGHLAND’s play had an original staging with Pride Plays at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. The reading starred Rebecca Henderson and Michael Hsu Rosen and was directed by Danya Taymor.
NORA HIGHLAND was shot remotely at the height of the pandemic, following all Covid protocols. It was shot entirely on Zoom. Not a single actor was in the same room; some not in the same country. Many had never met in real life.
Awards and nominations
Best Narrative Feature, NewFest (nominated)
Best Film, Oxford Film Festival (nominated)
Best Film, Phoenix Film Festival (nominated)
Best Feature, Tampa Int’l Gay & Lesbian (nominated)