2006. USA. John Cameron Mitchell. 101 min.
Sunday, March 13, 2011, 2:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2006. USA. Written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. With Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawon, Lindsay Beamish, Jay Brannan, PJ DeBoy, Raphael Barker, and Justin Bond. I found this brief description online: “A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.” The title refers to a weekly social/artistic/sexual salon in Brooklyn called "Shortbus," hosted by Justin Bond, the inimitable drag performance artist, who plays himself. Although I have never attended a salon of quite this type, I recognized it immediately as my natural home. This is the first and last movie, especially of the variety seen in mainstream cinemas, to speak directly to me, depicting any number of people who might have been my friends. One of the radical aspects of this film, apart from its very direct depiction of sex, is its vision of intense social community. 101 min.
In the Film exhibition Queer Cinema from the Collection: Today and Yesterday
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