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Inside Out 2020 Review: I Am Syd Stone (Web Series)

October 5, 2020

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Directed by Denis Theriault, expanding upon his 2014 short film of the same name, the six-part web series I Am Syd Stone follows a popular but washed up actor struggling with his sexuality during the production of a new film.

The series begins with Syd (Travis Nelson), whose career stalled out after starring in a blockbuster trilogy of dinosaur films some years before, arriving in a small town to start production on a “movie of the week.” One night at the hotel bar, Syd meets Matt (Benjamine Charles Watson), a young defence attorney who is also in town for work. The two start an affair, but it’s complicated by the closeted Syd’s fear of being outed, as fans and reporters take an interest in his whereabouts.

The show unfolds across six episodes, which range in length from roughly ten to fifteen minutes each, and the story is compelling enough to keep us watching. Theriault holds our interest from chapter to chapter, as he doles out more information about Syd and keeps raising the stakes for him. Nelson, taking over from Gharrett Patrick Paon who starred in the original short and co-wrote the series with Theriault, delivers a good performance in the lead, offering a touching portrayal of a man struggling to reignite his career and finally come to terms with his identity.

With strong performances and solid writing that remain consistent throughout all six episodes, I found the show engaging to watch. Plus, you can binge the whole thing in just over eighty minutes, and it lends itself well to being watched this way.

Travis Nelson in I Am Syd Stone

The 30th annual Inside Out LGBT Film Festival runs from October 1st to 11th, with online screenings available to anyone in Ontario, and some special drive-in presentations in Toronto.

I Am Syd Stone is screening online until October 11th, tickets can be purchased right here.

More Inside Out 2020 Reviews: Cowboys; Dating Amber; Jump, Darling; Shiva Baby (TIFF 2020)No Ordinary Man (TIFF 2020); Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (Hot Docs 2020); There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace (Hot Docs 2020); The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (TIFF 2019).

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