Fun Down There
Dir. Roger Stigliano, 1989, USA, 89 mins, 16mm
“Glows with a sweetly radiant sensibility.” –Los Angeles Times
Winner of Berlinale’s prestigious Teddy Award in 1989, Roger Stigliano’s debut film takes a charmingly droll and optimistic approach to the coming-out-while-coming-of-age portrait. Co-writer Michael Waite stars as Buddy, an innocent upstate NY guy who lands in Manhattan and wanders through hip house parties and cafes in search of his tribe. Mixing the deadpan candor of early Jim Jarmusch with refreshingly naturalistic gay sex scenes, this relic of queer cinema is overdue for rediscovery. Co-shot and co-edited by the great Peggy Ahwesh, FUN DOWN THERE is replete with atmospheric footage of the late-80s East Village.
Screening in 16mm. Print courtesy of Frameline Distribution.
Part of the Coming Out Again program–an ongoing series in collaboration with Quad Cinema that surveys lesser-known landmarks of LGBTQ film history.
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