A film by Vincent Gagliostro
Written by Vincent Gagliostro and Anthony Johnston
Produced by Bryce J. Renninger and Lauren Belfer
After Louie is a portrait of what happened to us, and, what is happening to us— the generation of men and women who endured the AIDS epidemic, a generation whose share history continues to haunt us. In confronting the end of a traumatic era and provoking a conversation between generations, I dare us to dream of a new and vibrant future, again.
The film follows Sam—artist, AIDS activist and former member of ACT UP—as he approaches sixty in present day New York City. Consumed by nostalgia for a community lost and struggling with the apathy he sees in the newer generation, Sam shuts himself away and escapes into his work. An unexpected intimacy with a younger man pushes Sam to tear down his walls and challenges his understanding of contemporary gay life. Through this unconventional affair, and with the help of his close friends, Sam rediscovers his self-worth and comes to see that all his years of passion and activism were not in vain.
In the end, we see that all of us—both young and old—play vital roles in the continuing healing and renewal of our community.
THIS FILM NEEDS TO BE MADE
— Larry Kramer
My first impression was, I’ve never seen a gay movie like this, and, how important it would be to see one like this. Vincent has captured aspects of our world that I have never seen in a screenplay before. Vincent, with his co-writer Anthony, have written something totally amazing.
The story and the milieu is universal and will resonate through all generations, it is certainly about people much younger than I, but I identified with it and I felt those characters and I felt the situation and I felt the drama inherent in all their lives, which isn’t dissimilar from what we’ve all gone through at one time in our lives, whether we were young looking for love, or older, looking back and wishing we had found it. Vincent has a real sense of the pulse of something, and has written a film that will resonate to all generations.
I was knocked out, this will be an exceptional film.