Miami Film Festival Caught in Middle of Couple's Split

Says festival director Jaie Laplante: “We loved 'Billy Boy' from the first minute we saw it. It’s a raw, intense and brave film that marks a dramatic direction in Blake’s progression as a boldly independent-minded artist. We share the disappointment of Blake’s hometown fans.”
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Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner

The Miami Film Festival is scrambling after the producers of Billy Boy pulled the Blake Jenner passion project from the lineup without explanation.

The film, which stars real-life married couple Jenner (Everybody Wants Some!!) and Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), was scheduled to make its world premiere at the fest March 4. But Benoist recently filed for divorce from her husband of nearly two years, setting up perhaps an uncomfortable reunion on the Miami red carpet.

Adding to the awkwardness, the film contains plenty of steamy sex scenes between the former flames who met on the set of Ryan Murphy’s Glee. Still, it’s a puzzling move given the amount of sweat poured into the project, which marks Jenner’s debut as a screenwriter and was directed by Murphy acolyte Bradley Buecker. Together, Jenner and Benoist had raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter prior to production. The festival also marked a homecoming for Jenner, a native of Miami.

“We loved Billy Boy from the first minute we saw it. It’s a raw, intense and brave film that marks a dramatic direction in Blake’s progression as a boldly independent-minded artist,” festival director Jaie Laplante tells THR. “We share the disappointment of Blake’s hometown fans.”

The festival will refund ticket buyers but now has to plug the empty slot with a to-be-determined film.

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