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Prior Film Works​

Meet Joe Gay

© 2000 University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television

Director Benjamin Morgan takes a hard look at his own life while trying to write and direct a fairytale gay romance.


"An inspiring documentary that is poignant, honest, and at times comical…Meet Joe Gay is an admirable venture into truly vulnerable territory."


"…an engaging chronicle of a young man's search for the ever-elusive Mr. Right."
~ K. Davis,


Cast and Crew

Director: Benjamin Morgan
Producers: Antonia Kao and Robert Bahar
Cinematographer: Donald Joh
Sound: Mike Restaino
Editors: Yana Gorskaya and Chris Terrio
Principal Cast: Joe Domenico and Nicholas Downs


Benjamin Morgan
Morgan grew up in Carmel, attended Stanford University, and then went to USC for his MFA in Production. He's currently writing TV specs and a book and is also the Director of a Film Academy at Universal Studios.


Antonia Kao


Robert Bahar
Robert produced and directed the award-winning documentary Laid to Waste, which profiles a community's struggle against environmental injustice, and associate-produced the PBS dramatic film Diary of a City Priest, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. He has worked for Academy-Award winning documentary filmmaker Tracy Seretean and director Arlene Sanford. Robert was recognized as an "emerging documentary filmmaker" on the west coast with a grant from the Pacific Pioneer Fund, and is the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. He is a graduate of The Peter Stark Producing Program at USC.


Donald Joh
Donald is a graduate of the MFA Cinema & Television Program at the University of Southern California. He has worked as a development assistant, an assistant cameraperson, and an assistant editor. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


Mike Restaino
Mike is an independent filmmaker and owner of Buenos Tiempos Films. His film Showchickens has been featured in film festivals worldwide including the Rhode Island Film Festival and the Chicago International Children's Film Festival.


Yana Gorskaya
is a writer, director and documentary editor whose editing credits include Spellbound, the Academy-nominated documentary which follows eight children from all over the country on their way to the National Spelling Bee, Friendly House, a look at the first and most successful drug rehabilitation home for women in the United States, and In the Name of Love, an exploration of Russian marriage agencies. She received her B.A. from Columbia University, Magna Cum Laude, and her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California Graduate School of Cinema-TV with numerous honors. Originally from Russia, Yana met and married her wonderkind French husband in New York.


Nicholas Downs
Joe Gay
Nicholas played a sailor who 'couldn't swim' in Pearl Harbor; appeared in The Guardian and Boston Publlc; and starred last fall in the LA premiere of Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi. Upcoming projects include Anderson's Cross, a feature shooting this summer.


Breckenridge Festival of Film
DocSIDE Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
First Look Film Festival




Meet Joe Gay is now available as part of a DVD collection of award-winning gay-themed films, First OUT, distributed by Alluvial Filmworks.

For general distribution queries, please contact:

Sandrine Cassidy
USC School of Cinema-TV
Student-Industry Relations Office
850 W. 34th St. G132
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
Phone: 213.740.4432
Fax: 213.740.5226

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Total Running Time 25:14

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