Wild Tigers I Have Known

Synopsis: Junior high in a time of rotary phones. Cougars have been spotted in the area. Logan is 13, the odd kid, with an active imagination and few friends. His young, single mother seems stressed. Latency is giving way to puberty, and Logan, who keeps a tube of lipstick in his dresser, may be gay or, more mysterious, transgender. He stares at himself in the mirror. He becomes friends with Rodeo, older and more mature, good-looking, with girlfriends. They take walks. Logan calls Rodeo and pretends to be a girl. Will he disclose himself to Rodeo? The kids at school talk. The school wants to promote kindness and tolerance. There are stories of child suicide. How do we find our way?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Cam Archer
Production: IFC First Take
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

I'm here at

Clausen Middle School,

where only hours ago a mountain lion

was shot dead.

Parents, neighbors and teachers

were all shaken up...

yet thankful that no one was hurt.

They can be dangerous, and so...

I guess after this incident

they'll probably be...

telling all the teachers and the students,

you know, to really be...

keep an eye out because, uh, uh...

one wrong move...

especially if you run...

then you become the prey.


the most beautiful things...

are the most innocent things,

and they keep passing us by.

I won't let them pass you by.





You want to come over after

school today?

I don't know.

I still got that movie.

It's not due back till tomorrow.

Oh, yeah?

Well, do you wanna?

It centers

on an invented character...

Jose Jimenez, the reluctant astronaut.

My name Jose Jimenez.

I am cheap astronow...

With United Stay Inna-planetar...

My name Jose Jimenez.

Jose Jimenez was created on

television and in a record album...

by a noted comedy writer

and performer, Bill Dana.

Here is Jose being interviewed

by a reporter.

I've been noticing this,

Mr. Jimenez...

What is this called, a crash helmet?

Is that mine?

No, that's mine.

I bought it at Tuberry Silver.

For, like seven dollars.

I would like all of you to pay very

close attention to this... demonstration.

If you were to be approached by a lion...

or if you are to see something that you

think might be a lion on campus...

it's very important that you make yourself

as big as possible.

OK, so you come...

Come at me, come at me.

Come on. Like we rehearsed,

just come at me. OK?


Big as possible.

What... are you doing?

I was going to the bathroom.

Logan, you woke me up.

I'm sorry.

Go to bed, Logan.

I had to pee.

I said go to bed, Logan.

Come... here.

Give me a kiss.

Look, I'm sorry.

Just come here,

come here and kiss me.

Did you have a good time

at the dance tonight?

Dance with lots of girls?

Sleep tight, honey.

# When I was in my prime #

# I flourished like a vine #

# There came along #

# A false young man #

# And stole away my time #

# Time #

# And stole away my time #

# The gardener standing by #

# Three offers he gave me #

# The pink, the violet

and red rose #

# Which I refused all three #

# Three #

# Which I refused all three #

Can we be evil together?

I want to be evil with you.

Evil with you... evil with you,

evil with you, evil with you...

Oh, you should let me, uh...

you should let me take a picture of you

after your fight like that.

What should I be doing?

I don't know.

You don't have to be doing anything.


What are you doing?

It'll make a better picture,

don't you think?

You look weird.

Just take it.

We should take another picture.

My camera has a timer, so we can set it

to take one with both of us.

Check it out, I'm popular.

Did it take it?

Well, why would he hit you?

Has he ever hit you before or...

or threatened to?


Oh, so he just hit you?

Yeah, he said I was looking

at him funny.

Well, what do you think he meant by that?

Funny like you were making fun of him?

I don't know, just funny, I guess.

Well, would you like me to have a meeting

with the two of you?

No, I don't think so.

Well, he shouldn't have hit you.

Don't you think he should know that?

Shouldn't you know that?

Isn't that adultism?

Uh... I'm sorry?

He won't do it again.

Why won't he do it again?

'Cause I won't look at him again.

- You think that's what he wants?

- Probably.

Do you feel different, Logan?

- What do you mean?

- Like from the other kids.

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Cam Archer

Cam Archer (born 1981) is an American independent filmmaker, photographer and sound designer, currently residing in Santa Cruz, California. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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