New York Times media reporter and blogger David Carr, aka The Carpetbagger, ran into Seattle director Lynn Shelton over the weekend at Sundance. And though he hadn't actually, you know, seen the her new movie Humpday, he was thoroughly smitten with Shelton and her scrappy band of indie stars and crew. Soon thereafter, the movie signed a distribution deal (reports Carr), which is a major coup for any Seattle filmmaker. Shelton's last feature, My Effortless Brilliance, played SIFF last year to less than steller notices. Let's hope Humpday plays SIFF this year, and goes on to full national arthouse distribution (i.e., the major cities, then Netflix).
The film is about two straight dudes who decide to make a gay porno (yes, kind of like that Kevin Smith movie we won't mention). Update: some very nice words from Anne Thompson at Varietyhere. Including the following...
"Humpday was the best of the three movies I screened today at the Eccles. The third feature from Seattle photographer/filmmaker Lynn Shelton is deceptively entertaining.
Filmed on the Mike Leigh model of gifted actors improvising off a well-rehearsed and prepared series of scenes, the relationship comedy played well with a crowd of squirming, giggling adults."
And an update to the update. Variety critic Todd McCarthy is pretty kind in his review, which includes this praise:
"Humpday is a visually mangy but frequently hilarious low-budgeter about two straight buddies who try to rise to the challenge of performing together in an amateur porn video. Although its subject matter and slapdash look will limit it to indie-friendly auds, Lynn Shelton's vibrant third feature could actually prove to be a fun date-night attraction with edge-seeking young viewers of all persuasions."