Frankie, an aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn, is having a miserable summer. With his father dying and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes the bleakness of his home life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.
2017 Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award (U.S. Dramatic)
Eliza Hittman is an award-winning filmmaker from Flatbush, Brooklyn. Her debut feature film, It Felt Like Love, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and played in the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Tiger Competition. It was a New York Times Critics' Pick and was nominated for the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director IFP Gotham Award and two Film Independent Spirit Awards. Her Beach Rats screenplay was selected for Sundance Institute's 2015 January Screenwriters Lab.