Georden West, USA 2023, 72’
Polish premiere
Gasoline Rainbow The Featherweight

Georden West’s feature debut delves into the story of Boston’s Playland Café, a queer club that operated from 1937 to 1998. Playland goes beyond a realistic recreation of the past, combining archival elements with fiction, historical recordings with surreal theatrical fantasy.

‘Playland’ Review: A Haunting and Haunted Collage of Queer History Comes to Life (Variety)

Klara Cykorz


Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ FF 2021 - Frameline Completion Fund

Georden West

Hailing from Colorado, Georden West studied at Boston's Emerson College film school and interned at London's prestigious SHOWStudio. West creates installations and sculptures that examine the intersecting outskirts of cinema and fashion. West also worked at Club Café, an iconic queer club operating since the 1980s in downtown Boston and was active in the Boston LGBTQIA+ Artist Alliance. The 2019 debut short, Patron Saint, showed at international festivals and „Filmmaker Magazine” named West among its 2022 „25 New Faces of Independent Cinema.” Playland is its full-length debut.


2019 Patron Saint (short)

2020 Exorcisms and Other Suppications (short)

2023 Playland

Cast & Crew

director Georden West
screenplay Georden West
cinematography Jo Jo Lam
editing Georden West, Russell Sheaffer
music Aaron Michael Smith
cast Lady Bunny, Danielle Cooper, Maine Anders, Aidan Dick, Gatekeeper Adrian, Jet Sprat, José Lapaz-Rodriguez
producer Russell Sheaffer, Hannah McSwiggen, Danielle Cooper
production Artless Media, Stars Collective, Public School Pictures
sales Artless Media
language English, German
coloration colour
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