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Gayby is writer/director Jonathan Lisecki’s first feature film. Since premiering at the 2012 SXSW festival, the film has won the Audience Award for Best Feature and a Jury Prize for Best Acting Ensemble at the Ashland Film Festival, and a Special Jury Prize at IFFBoston among others. Gayby is a full-length version of the celebrated short film of the same title, which played at over 100 festivals worldwide since its premiere at Slamdance in 2010, and received multiple jury prizes and audience awards at such festivals as Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Arizona and Palm Springs ShortFest. It’s available on the 15th edition of the Wholphin collection. Lisecki’s first short film, Woman in Burka, won various awards, including the 2008 Spirit of Slamdance Award for its debut, and was featured on the 12th edition of Wholphin. Before turning to filmmaking Lisecki worked extensively in independent theatre. He lives in New York with his husband.