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NewsMay 3, 2022

Thomas Tague-Bleau’s queer coming-of-age drama takes top student prize at film festival

See ‘Slims’ and more Lesley films at May 5 screening

Thomas Tague-Bleau holding a certificate at film festival.
Thomas Tague-Bleau ’22 celebrates his win at the film festival. Photo by Matt Nash.

Lesley filmmaker Thomas Tague-Bleau ’22 won this year’s first place prize at the Independent Film Festival Boston’s Student Shorts Showcase, held at the Somerville Theatre on April 30.

Tague-Bleau’s film, “Slims,” is a coming-of-age queer drama that follows Nick and Bobby, who decide to ditch their small hometown together, hoping to find themselves in a bigger city. On their journey, hidden truths come to light.

“I couldn’t have made ‘Slims’ without my wonderful team, and support from everyone at Lesley,” said Tague-Bleau. “It was amazing to see such a wonderful turnout from classmates, family and faculty at the festival. I’m excited to see where the film can go from here!”

Thomas Tague-Bleau black and white photo, holding a microphone
Thomas Tague-Bleau speaks at the film festival. Photo by Ben Feldman.

The showcase is part of the yearly Independent Film Festival Boston, a renowned event that screens new and evocative cinema from around the world alongside local artists. Screenings are held at several locations, including the Somerville and Brattle theaters, and feature lively discussions with artists and viewers. Their student showcase, coordinated by the Massachusetts Production Coalition, screens the best in student work from Massachusetts higher education programs, with prizes provided by Adobe, Avid, Boris FX, Modulus Studios, Rule Boston Camera and Talamas.

Movie poster for Slims - two young men smoking at night

The Shorts Showcase featured films from 11 film and media programs, including Fitchburg State University, Suffolk University, Curry College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Wheaton College, Emerson College, Boston University, Middlesex Community College, Endicott College and Bentley University.

“Slims” as well as 19 other films created this year from Lesley Art + Design’s Digital Filmmaking program can be viewed on Thursday, May 5 at the Brattle Theatre beginning at 12:30. Admission is free.