At The Box Office | August 2016
By Hans Pedersen, August 2016 Issue.
Beneath the Skin
Available on DVD July 19
A story of gay bashing, abuse and high school love, this indie was written and co-directed by its star, Aaron Ellis. He plays Joshua, a teenager who moves to Canada following the death of his mom to live with his father, whom he doesn’t really know. The student quickly falls for Jay (Justin Liles), a handsome tattoo artist who was kicked out of his Alabama home by his abusive parents (who literally drag him out by his hair). The two young lovebirds are soon swept up in an idyllic romance until they start getting harassed by high school bullies. Michael MacKinnley co-directed the film.