8/30- THE GRAND LAKE COFFEE HOUSE - 440 Grand Avenue - Oakland, California
6:30pm • SCREENING
Shortbus explores the lives of several characters living in present-day New York as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex. Male and female, straight and gay - and every one in between, the characters find one and other -- and eventually find themselves -- when they all converge at a weekly underground salon called "Shortbus," a mad nexus of art, music, politics, and polysexual carnality.
Filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell developed the film's story along with his ensemble cast, all of whom are making their feature film debuts, and who were selected after submitting videotaped interviews/auditions in response to a well-publicized open casting call posted on a website. Over a half million people visited the website and nearly 500 people sent in tapes before the final seven leading performers/characters were selected to workshop the storyline with Mitchell.The resulting film, one of the true sensations of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, presents sex and sexuality as never before seen in mainstream entertainment.
Shortbus remains one of the most talked-about films in queer film memory.