May 18

2020 Tribeca Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary SOCKS ON FIRE, will have its rebirth at the Tribeca 2021 for its official premiere at the festival.

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Tribeca Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary SOCKS ON FIRE, will have its rebirth at the Tribeca 2021 for its official premiere at the festival. Directed by Bo McGuire, SOCKS ON FIRE is a cinematic love letter to his grandmother as his homophobic aunt and drag queen uncle wage war over her estate in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. 

The film will have an in-person screening as part of Tribeca 2021 on Sunday, June 20 at 8PMat Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardenswith director Bo McGuire and special guests in attendance. The film will also screen virtually at the festival. 

Blanton Boles


Directed by Bo McGuire
Produced by Tatiana Bears, Amy Dotson
Executive Produced by  Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn,
Jenifer Westphal, Joe Plummer & Ken Pelletier

Winner Best Documentary – 2020 Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection – 2020 IDFA
Centerpiece Film – 2021 SFFILM Festival


Tribeca 2021 Screening Schedule:
June 20 at 8:00 PM at Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens – In Person 
June 21 at 6:00 PM – Public Virtual Screening 
June 21 at 3:00 AM – Press/Industry Screening  – Virtual Screening

About the film SOCKS ON FIRE
SOCKS ON FIRE is Bo McGuire’s lyrical testament to Southern women couched in the familial battle for his beloved grandmother’s throne. McGuire returned home from New York City to Hokes Bluff, Alabama to find that his Aunt Sharon—his favorite childhood relative—had locked her gay, drag-queen brother, his Uncle John, out of the family home. As a queer Southerner who is both protective and skeptical of the South, this family rupture stoked a fire within McGuire to document the place and the people he calls home. Through a series of stylized reenactments spun in with family VHS footage, SOCKS ON FIRE documents the fluidity of identity, personality and performance in his hometown among his kin and the many women who’ve been a force in Bo’s life.

About Director Bo McGuire
Bo McGuire was born the queer son of a Waffle House cook and his third-shift waitress in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. The first movie he truly fell for was the music video for Reba McEntire’s “Fancy.” He was a Ryan Murphy + Half Initiative Mentee and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” His feature debut, SOCKS ON FIRE, won the jury prize for best documentary feature at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and premiered internationally in the Luminous section at IDFA 2020. The film was selected as part of the Cinema Eye Honors’ “Stay Focused” initiative and was nominated for an IDA award for best writing. His original television pilot, SHITBIRD, was selected by Spike Lee to receive the Sandra Ifraimova Award and his feature script, ALABAMA SNIPE FIGHT, appeared on NYU’s Purple List. He belongs to the First Church of Dolly Parton.

Year 2020 | Country USA | Runtime 93

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We would like to thank David Magdael&Associates for the press release.