|Writer:||Lynn Shelton||Original Format:|
|Dir. of Photography:||Benjamin Kasulke||Print Source:||Vertigo Films|
|Cast:||Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore|
Opening Night Gala: UK Premiere
It’s been a decade since Ben (Duplass) and Andrew (Leonard) were the bad boys of their college campus. Ben has settled down and found a job, wife, and home. Andrew took the alternate route as a vagabond artist, skipping the globe from Chiapas to Cambodia. When Andrew shows up unannounced on Ben’s doorstep, they easily fall back into their old dynamic of macho one-upmanship.
Ben (Mark Duplass) and Anna (Alycia Delmore) are sprawled in bed in suburban Seattle when Ben's old college buddy, Andrew (Joshua Leonard) rocks up looking for a place to crash. It's soon evident that Ben and Andrew have headed off in vastly different directions since their college days. While Ben has settled into marriage, Andrew's beat poet mentality soon has him wondering just how much he's missing.
The next day, Andrew goes out for a coffee and ends up at an all night party with the waitress and her lesbian lover. Ben meanwhile, heads off to find him. He arrives in the midst of a drug and alcohol fuelled happening, desperate to prove he hasn't completely lost his mojo and finds himself drunkenly suggesting they make an ‘art’ film to enter into ‘Humpday’, the local porn festival. The film will depict the two friends having sex-an idea which all present decide will be 'beyond gay.' As the day of the shoot draws near, tension mounts, while the details remain foggy as to who will 'do' who.
For her third feature, director Lynn Shelton , (My Effortless Brilliance) rigorously structured the scene progression and storyline before unleashing the actors to improvise. The result is a hilarious yet subtle film which is complemented by first-rate performances and impressive indie credentials. It features Mark Duplass, who together with his brother Jay directed two recent festival hits - Puffy Chair and Baghead and charismatic Blair Witch veteran, Joshua Leonard.
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