“First Night Out,” an award-winning short film based on a true story, follows a brief human moment between two people from totally different walks of life; an immigrant waitress serves a trans woman, who is taking her true self out to dinner for the very first time. Presented by Will Mayo Film and Ian Scott McGregor, “First Night Out” addresses the risks that people of the LGBT community face every day in their pursuit of happiness. The film is designed to be brief, poignant and perhaps viewed multiple times over. In this light, “dinner out with oneself comes to mean so much more” (Outfest LA 2016).
The film can be viewed and shared here: http://www.vimeo.com/willmayo/firstnightout
EPK materials can be found here: http://www.willmayofilm.com/firstnightout/
“First Night Out” will also be distributed via native upload on the film’s Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/firstnightout/
“First Night Out” had its World Premiere at Newfest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival, and has screened at over 20 film festivals worldwide, including Aspen Film Shortsfest, Outfest LA, and Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival. “First Night Out” won Best Super Short at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and The Uncharted Filmmaker’s Grant at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.
From the filmmakers:
“It means so much to us to release ‘First Night Out’ on such an important day and time. Our film is based on a true story. The waitress who took the picture is a good friend, who told us of her interaction, keenly aware of its importance. We have wanted to tell this story for many years. We never caught our heroine’s name or where she was going. We know only what you see, and like our heroine, we thought the moment was important enough to preserve on film. Thank you for your time, support and courage on this National Coming Out Day.”
About Will Mayo (Director, Producer)
Will Mayo grew up on a horse farm in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, and went on to aTend New York University, where he received a BFA in Film and Television Production in 2013. His experimental student work garnered him awards from NYU and exposure online. His short thesis film, “This Is How You Haunt Your House,” was featured on popular blogs io9, Bloody Disgusting, Horror Film Central, and Fun Size Horror. He is currently in post-production on a short documentary about his grandfather’s woodworking legacy, expected to be completed in late 2016. Will has served as a sound designer and cinematographer on award-winning films and currently resides in Brooklyn.
About Ian ScoH McGregor (Writer, Producer)
Ian ScoT McGregor is an actor, writer and producer, born and raised in the Bay Area and now calling Brooklyn home. He performed the voice and motion-capture for “Cletus” in the fastest- selling video game in history, Grand Theft Auto V. He has appeared on television in The 67th Annual Tony Awards, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and VEEP, Comedy Central’s The Onion Sports Network, NBC’s Law & Order, as well as many commercials, and on film in Magnolia Pictures’ The Brass Teapot, The Zodiac and The Lost Coast (*Official Selection SXSW Film Festival, 2008 and SF Frameline, 2008, **Winner Best New Feature, NYC NewFest, 2008).