I am quite excited at the impending release of the first feature film in which I'm fortunate enough to appear. It's called Friends (With Benefits), and it's going to be submitted to Sundance in search of distribution and subsequent release. I am keeping my expectations low, as I have no idea what to expect. I am unfamiliar with the scene at Sundance, and I haven't seen the finished cut of FWB. I have heard from cast members who had bigger parts than me that it looks good, and the script is a bawdy good time of the sort that people seem to enjoy. It's kind of an intellectual American Pie meets Kicking and Screaming (the Noah Baumbach one, not the Will Ferrell one). I play a crazy guitarist in a band fronted by one of the main characters.
Here is why I am gangbusters excited about this movie: the director's earlier works are certified cult classics. Among them...
- Psychos In Love
In which "a strip-joint owner and a manicurist find that they have many things in common, the foremost being that they are psychotic serial killers. They fall in love and are happy being the family that slays together, until one day they come up against a plumber who also happens to be a cannibal." (summary from IMDB)
- Galactic Gigolo
In which "Eoj is an alien who won a game show and the grand prize is a trip to earth to have sex with as many earth women as he can. Hildy is a reporter who is writing a biography on Eoj's adventures." (IMDB)
- Cemetary High (aka Hack 'Em High and Scumbusters)
In which "a group of High School girls with guns go on a killing spree. They are intent on ridding the world of scummy men."
This is fucking incredible. Add to it that he's got a fairly successful career as a pulp novelist, and that some of his artier work has been playing well at festivals, and I think this movie is poised to actually find a foothold. It's a can't-miss genre in terms of marketability (super-bawdy, graphic sex comedy), and the director's got a dual reputation for T&A space fantasy and moody ruminations on unrequited love. Plus, his books are primarily riffy, titillating, banter-based head rushes, easily digestible and fun. Sha-BLAP! I am excited.