“Charlie!”, is based on the true story of the murder of a young man, Charlie Howard, who, in the 1980s dared to be out as gay. With gay-bashing an accepted norm, especially among teens, Charlie was a clear target and was murdered by three teenagers. In “Charlie!”, one of his murderers, Rob (based on the real-life Jim Baines), seeks to come to terms with what he has done — what drove him to murder a gay man. The teenager made eye contact with Charlie as he tossed him into the river. Charlie’s eyes haunt him. The story shows how he and Charlie, as a ghost, come to see the humanity in the other.