Every relationship is a little sadomasochistic.
An emotionally-withdrawn tech writer picks up a struggling artist at a BDSM club for what he expects will be nothing more than a kinky one-night stand. But when they find each other more engaging than anticipated, the two lonely nonconformists begin to cautiously explore the possibilities of an unconventional relationship.
After premiering at Cinequest in August 2022, Rough Edges screened at the Roxie Theater on the opening night of the 25th San Francisco Independent Film Festival in February 2023.
"Writer/director Charles Lyons elicits strong performances from actors Tim Huls and Phoebe Jones as a pair comfortable with physical intimacy but hesitant to reveal emotional vulnerability."
— SF Chronicle
"This sexy, edgy tour of kinky San Francisco has at its beating heart a deconstruction of modern love, intimacy and fear. Every step in the characters’ deepening connection made me feel more invested in their growing vulnerability and the actors' skill at representing what most movies leave unsaid and unshown."
— Carol Queen
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