'A Portrait Of James Dean' follows the iconic star played by the handsome James Preston on his first steps to becoming an international image of youth and rebellion. The film is a series of revealing and sometimes dreamlike moments that blend autobiographical and fictionalised elements to present a pivotal moment in a remarkable life. The film's 'present tense' is in 1951, as Dean drives to the desert of Joshua Tree, California. Along for the ride is The Roommate (Dan Glenn), a struggling actor who lived and loved with Dean whilst at college. The friendship and intimacy he provides gives Dean a sense of security before starting his journey alone. Matthew Mishory presents his first feature; a brutal and honest exploration of Dean's complicated sexuality and formative relationships; 'A Portrait Of James Dean' redefines the boy behind the image for a new generation.