Naughty 'Shortbus' Parks at ThinkFilm
Graphic sex? Whee!
"Shortbus" is John Cameron Mitchell's follow-up to his successful film adaptation of his stage hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." The film "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, 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."
See? It pretty much sells itself.
ThinkFilm claims that the acquisition ended a major bidding war for Mitchell's project.
"People will be talking about 'Shortbus' for months and years to come, and not because it is daring -- which it is -- but because it is so darned original and entertaining," says Mark Urman, ThinkFilm's theatrical head. "In fact, John's approach to adult intimacy is so buoyant, natural, and humorous that audiences will be too busy enjoying themselves to be shocked!"
"Shortbus" was cast with seven unknowns selected after an open call posted on the Internet. More than half-a-million people visited the site (only 500 actually sent in tape) and the winners helped workshop the film with Mitchell before starring.
"It was a difficult process assessing all of the excellent and aggressive offers we received, but Think's success with challenging material and their passion won us over," the filmmakers say in a statement. "We're thrilled to work with the most daring and imaginative company around."