Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, 1985 follows Adrian, a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother and estranged childhood friend, as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents.
Malaysian-born writer and director Yen Tan premiered the critically-acclaimed Pit Stop at Sundance 2013. It was a John Cassavetes Award nominee at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film has acquired distribution worldwide. His previous feature, Ciao (2008), was released theatrically and was a Queer Lion contender at Venice Film Festival. Yen co-directed Until We Could with David Lowery, an Addy-winning PSA for Freedom to Marry that was narrated by Robin Wright and Ben Foster.