American Vagabond

James ran away from his parents’ home because they didn’t accept that he is gay. He tries to find refuge in San Francisco with his boyfriend, Tyler. They thought they would find a community in the world’s gay Mecca. Instead, they end up sleeping in a park and panhandling in the city’s gay neighborhood. They find themselves stranded in a world of homeless people and the community of other kicked-out queer youth. Eventually, James has to face his past and the place he has left behind.
AMERICAN VAGABOND is a coming of age story of a gay boy growing up in small town America. It’s a story about a family coming to grips with what it fears the most.



Country of Production
Finland, Denmark

Year of Production

DCP, Digi Beta Pal

85 min

Susanna Helke

For Real Productions in co-production with Radiator Film in cooperation with YLE

Original Language

Festivals / Awards

DocPoint Helsinki 2013
Visions du Réel Nyon 2013
Midnight Sun FF 2013
Espoo Ciné FF 2013
Gender DocuFest Rome 2013
Nordisk Panorama Malmö 2013
Chicago IFF 2013 (Q HUGO Special Jury Prize)
Finnish Film Week Budapest 2013
ImageOut GLFF Rochester 2013 (Jury Award for Best Documentary)
Dok Leipzig 2013
Outrageous GLFF St. Barbara 2013
IDFA Amsterdam 2013
Cinema by the Bay FF San Francisco 2013
This Human World HRFF Vienna 2013
One World HRFF Prague 2014
Tempo IDF Stockholm 2014
Thessaloniki IDF 2014
One World HRFF Bucharest 2014
Sarasota FF 2014
Planete + Doc FF Warsaw 2014
Toronto Inside Out GLFF 2014
Out Twin Cities FF Minneapolis 2014
Giffoni FF 2014
Syracuse HRFF 2014
Queer Lisboa FF 2014
Kyiv IDF 2014
Document 12 Glasgow HRFF 2014 (closing film)
New Caledonia IDF 2014
Guth Gafa FF 2014
Fringe! Film & Arts Festival London 2014
MEZIPATRA Queer FF Prague & Brno 2014
Cluj LGFF 2014