When filmmaker Todd Stephens returned to Sandusky in the 1990s to make a movie in his hometown, he tried to keep the plot a secret.

It wasn’t so much about spoiling the coming-of-age story in “Edge of Seventeen” but controlling how he and the crew were received while filming in town.

“When you make a movie like this, that’s low budget, you need a lot of favors,” he said. “We felt like we couldn’t get permission to film places if they knew that it was a gay story.”

Despite Stephens’ efforts to conceal the film’s story, he said the word got out anyway and
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