After Louie (10 Excerpts) was shown in 2008 at the Pulse Art Fair in New York. Since that time I have completed the screenplay and am currently in development with After Louie, a deeply personal, loosely-fictional, feature film about a generation of gay men who have survived their own generation.
“Whatever happened to the Mineshaft?”
The Mineshaft was a leather sex club along the West Side Highway in New York City. With the AIDS years becoming settled history, my generation remembers the “Mineshaft” years with nostalgia that grows uncomfortable because of where we are now. Often the younger generation views our recent past with shock and surprise and many have little idea about what we fought for and what sacrifices we made for our freedom.
I am making a film entitled After Louie about where we have gone since the Mineshaft years because I am increasingly disturbed by the fact our gay community has embraced a state of accelerated assimilation that ignores the complexities of the modern gay experience and inadvertently threatens to relegate our history and our lives to a place of shame. Are we becoming a single non-diverse movement that insinuates a “new normal” standard by which to live an acceptable gay life?