Texas Competition
Presented by: Panavision
A juried competition of films either shot in or relating to the Lone Star State.

USA, 2016, 101 min., Color
In a way, Neil is the typical 15-year-old freshman. A social outcast on the brink of manhood, he’s struggling to find his place in the world. What sets him apart, however, is his interest in writing erotic fan fiction.

When Neil’s racy stories about Vanguard—the hero character of an established Sci-Fi franchise—are discovered and passed around class, Neil is humiliated. It’s Julia—cool girl with a tough exterior—who then comes to his defense. Julia is also an erotic fan fiction writer, and she encourages Neil to publish his work. Subsequently, the moderator of an adult fan fiction website takes a personal interest in him and invites Neil to a convention as a featured erotica live-reader. Neil then embarks on a personal journey that addresses everything from his talent to his sexuality.

With fully realized Science Fiction aspects, adult humor and excellent performances, SLASH is truly a unique take on the coming-of-age comedy.
— Bridgette Poe
Clay Liford
Clay Liford
Brock Williams, Jason Wehling
Ellie Ann Fenton
Bryan Poyser
Curtis Heath
Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Michael Ian Black, Peter Vack

Director Bio

Clay Liford is a director and cinematographer originally from New York City. He attended the University of Texas film program in Austin. Liford has worked as a director of photography on numerous projects including the award winning films ST. NICK (2009) and GAYBY (2012). His comedy short, MY MOM SMOKES WEED (2008) premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. LIford's feature, WUSS (2011) won a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival. SLASH is Liford's latest feature based on his short film of the same name, which also played during the Festival in 2012.
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