Tiger Orange

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Tiger Orange
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Directed byWade Gasque
Written byMark Strano
Starring Frankie Valenti
Mark Strano
Gregory Marcel
CinematographyLila Javan
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Distributed by Wolfe Video
Release date
  • 18 July 2014 (2014-07-18)(Outfest)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

Tiger Orange is a 2014 American drama film directed by Wade Gasque and written by Mark Strano and starring Strano and Frankie Valenti as Chet and Todd, two gay brothers struggling to reconnect after their father's death. [1]



Chet, shy and reserved, has been living relatively closeted in the small town where the brothers grew up, running their father's hardware store and taking great care not to be too open about his sexuality in the town's relatively conservative social order, while Todd, more upfront about his sexuality, left home at 18 to move to Los Angeles, where he has been struggling to build a career as an actor. [2] Despite the clash of personalities, however, each also envies some aspects of the other's life; Chet envies Todd's freedom to live his life openly, while Todd regrets not having experienced Chet's sense of belonging to a close-knit community and the opportunity he had to remain in close contact with their father. [1] The tensions between them reach their peak when Brandon (Gregory Marcel), Chet's high school crush, also returns home to take care of his ailing mother; Chet continues to struggle with his feelings for Brandon, while Todd actively pursues him. [1]

Release and reception

The film premiered on July 18, 2014 at Outfest. [1] Strano won the festival's award for Best Actor in a Feature Film. [3] Valenti's performance also drew praise from critics, with many calling attention to how unexpectedly strong it was for an actor previously known primarily for porn. [4]

In a 2015 post for Indiewire's /Bent blog on LGBT film, Gasque described the film as having been inspired by the LGBT community's "subtle tug-of-war between our desire to stand out and our need to fit in." [5]

The film was picked up by Wolfe Video for distribution on DVD, video on demand and digital media platforms in January 2015. [6] It was released to those platforms in July 2015.

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  2. "Film Review: ‘Tiger Orange’". Variety , August 5, 2014.
  3. "Gaby Hoffmann, Greg Louganis Doc, Tiger Orange Win at Outfest". Out , July 20, 2014.
  4. "Tiger Orange Shows a Gay Culture—and a Gay Actor—in Transition". Slate , July 31, 2015.
  5. "'Tiger Orange' Director Wade Gasque On Capturing a New LGBT Narrative". Indiewire , July 7, 2015.
  6. "Wolfe Releasing Acquires Worldwide Rights to 'Boy Meets Girl' and 'Tiger Orange'". Indiewire , January 14, 2015.