Directed by Vincent Gagliostro
Queer icon Alan Cumming turns in a “fearlessly abrasive performance” as Sam, an emotionally tortured, chain-smoking artist and former AIDS activist haunted by the death of his lover Louie during the early years of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Adrift in a queer community that has seemingly passed him by and struggling with survivor’s guilt, Sam slowly finds a connection to this younger generation of gay men that alternately baffles and angers him when a drunken bar encounter with the captivating Braeden (Zachary Booth, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON) leads to a night of heated passion and a tentative relationship. Braeden might be just the lifeline Sam has unknowingly needed but there’s a surprising twist: Sam thinks Braeden is a hustler and is paying him for the time they spend together. And that’s disturbing news for Braeden’s HIV positive boyfriend, Lukas. First time director and co-writer Gagliostro draws on his experience as one of the original co-founders of ACT-UP in this deeply personal film. A host of other longtime queer activists and performers—Wilson Cruz, Justin Vivian Bond, David Drake, and Joey Arias—enliven this seductive and ultimately hopeful drama.