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Contact: Melissa Koch, Director/Producer “The Infamous T”


 Minnesota produced documentary, “The Infamous T,” wins prestigious Frameline Completion Fund Award.
Story about Minnesota queer homeless youth to preview at Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in advance of world premiere.


 (April 3, 2013) — Melissa Koch, local documentary filmmaker, today announced the completion of “The Infamous T,” with support from the prestigious Frameline Completion Fund. The film follows Jonathan, a queer youth, as he transitions from life-long homelessness to stably housed. In advance of the world premiere in June at the Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, “The Infamous T” will screen locally at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) on April 14th, 2013.

“The Infamous T” gives rise to the larger theme of queer family through Jonathon’s story of searching for and redefining home. “Screening in front of a Twin Cities audience is important to us; the film documents Jonathon grappling with school, social services, home, and queer social dynamics within a specifically Minnesotan context,” said Koch, director/producer.

The MSPIFF screening will take place Sunday, April 14th at St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis at 4pm. It will screen along with 4 other Minnesota made documentaries. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors from all five films, moderated by Craig Rice, a local documentary filmmaker.

“The recognition from Frameline gives Jonathon’s story legs to reach audiences concerned with contemporary queer cinema,” said Koch. At a time when the battle over same-sex marriage takes center stage in the national political arena, Jonathon’s story reminds us that racial inequality, poverty, homelessness, and educational disparity are still central issues in LGBTQ communities, and that stories about family take many forms.

For more information about “The Infamous T” including upcoming screenings, filmmaker bio, trailer and full press packet, please visit


About Melissa Koch
Melissa Koch is an independent documentary filmmaker who tells stories about the human condition from marginalized points of view. Her feature-length directorial debut, The Red Tail (2009) (directed with Dawn Mikkelson), has screened at numerous international film festivals including the Galway Film Fleadh, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and DocuFest Atlanta, and has been broadcast on PBS affiliates across the US and multiple distribution platforms worldwide. Koch has a Master of Arts in Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz.