I shot second camera on this great short film directed by Silas Howard, with whom I have had the pleasure of working on Sticks & Stones: Bambi Lake, Golden Age of Hustlers and AB Soto's music video.
Among the more notable segments are a magic-mushroom trip sequence partially done as claymation; an uncomfortable road trip to the heartland for Iris’ prudish sister’s wedding; a slumming period with manic Space (Space Devon Bouvier), who believes he communicates with UFOs; and a new relationship with Cecelia (Rowan Parks), a knife-play enthusiast and alcoholic who initially satisfies all Michelle’s wild-side desires, but then disappoints by cleaning up her act. By the end our frequently bridge-burning heroine has acquired “a tiny army of girls I needed to avoid.”
The filmmakers — most but not all gay — include some familiar indie names (Cheryl Dunye, Jill Soloway, Silas Howard) as well as video artists, documentarians and a lesbian porn specialist. Like the onscreen Michelle, who’s whining about her lovelife one minute and picking a fight with a huge bouncer the next, results are all over the map. The effect is often bracing, but the lack of any real narrative or emotional throughline means there’s little cumulative impact, further underlined by the non-ending.