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Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

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The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in this innovative dual-portrait documentary. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with Dick Cavett and David Frost, with clips from some of the duo’s most memorable movie adaptions: A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and In Cold Blood. Featuring vibrant voiceover work by award-winning actors Jim Parsons (Capote) and Zachary Quinto (Williams), the film is dripping with wit and wisdom. It is a celebration of both men's fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants, and – most significantly – each other.


- Official Selection: Telluride Film Festival

- Official Selection: Hamptons International Film Festival

- Official Selection: NewFest: The New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival

- Winner: Audience Award – OUTshine Film Festival (Miami)

- Winner: Best LGBTQ Film – Key West Film Festival

"An immersive portraits of literary icons, friends, and rivals... a creative way into the ubiquitous figures." — Judy Dry, Indiewire

"A fascinating account of a loving but troubled friendship... succeeds beautifully in providing a revealing look at their troubled psyches." — Frank Schech, The Hollywood Reporter

"The greatest service... is the attention it grants to the written words of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams." — Sarah Boslaugh, The Arts STL

"Takes their great talents as a given and happily refuses to sensationalize their struggles... the film succeeds in bringing these remarkable figures a bit closer to us." — Todd McCarthy, Deadline

  • Year
  • Runtime
    81 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Hamptons Internaltional Film Festival
  • Director
    Lisa Immordino Vreeland
  • Producer
    Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Mark Lee, Jonathan Gray
  • Executive Producer
    Brian Devine, Brook Devine
  • Co-Producer
    John Northrup
  • Cinematographer
    Shane Sigler
  • Editor
    John Northrup, Bernadine Colish
  • Music