Shortbus (2006)

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Pickford Film Center Thu, Aug 25 7:30 PM
Film Info
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Country of Origin:USA


"Shock and Awe," a 2-film series: curated and introduced by Brandon Wilson, co-presented w/ American Cinematheque
Livestream Q&A w/ director John Cameron Mitchell 

"Five years after turning his iconic rock musical into a feature film, John Cameron Mitchell released his follow up film that in his own words was “everything we needed to get through a second term of George W. Bush.” Shortbus, which was developed through workshops
for years before it was shot, is the kind of film directors dare themselves to make but, at some point in the process either lose their nerve or compromise into oblivion. The film’s title refers to an underground salon in New York City that features art, song, and pansexual orgies. Like one of Robert Altman’s ensemble films, the characters are a disparate group of young New Yorkers who find themselves drawn to this space. The sex scenes are unsimulated which at the time of its release got a lot of attention. But unlike other films that seek to break the taboo of unsimulated sex,
Shortbus didn’t use sex to shock or even titillate. The scenes of intimacy instead contribute to a bracing honesty. The sex merely reveals the characters the way musical numbers do in a good musical. Ultimately, it is only one element in a film that is an anthem for living and feeling deeply, even in the darkest of times." ~Brandon Wilson