Fucking Different New York

Following 2005's "Fucking Different," producer Kristian Petersen achieves equally mixed results with 12 Gotham-based gay and lesbian filmmakers in the experimental compilation "Fucking Different New York." This time the helmers largely skirt or ignore portraying the love lives of the opposite sex, seeming to either pull out old projects or throw together new ones in a hurry.

Episodes:

 

Wendy’s First Mani & Pedi
Directed, written by Stephen Gallagher. Camera (color, DigiBeta), Kristian Petersen; music, Brian Corcoran.
With: Wendy Scheer, May.

 

Bro Crush
Directed, written by Lala Endara. Camera (color/B&W, DigiBeta), F. Endara, Marnee Meyer; music, Xiu Xiu
With: F. Endara, I. Lundy

 

Sshhh … They’re Getting Closer
Directed, written by Todd Verow. Camera (color, DigiBeta), Verow; music, Jim Dwyer
With: Philly, Yuki Shoji.

 

Villa Serbelloni
Produced, directed, by Barbara Hammer. Camera (color, DigiBeta), Hammer; editor, Yvette Choy.
With: David Del Tredici, Ray Warren.

 

Vampiras
Directed, written by Andre Salas. Camera (color/B&W, DigiBeta), Kristian Petersen; editor, Katy Finch; music, Jeffrey Krus, Iris Salas; costume designer, Leonid Gurevich.
With: Graciano Nunez, Chantal Lucier, Aziza Omar.

 

The Party (2004-2006)
Produced, directed by Abigail Child. Camera (color, DigiBeta), Robert Banks, Child; editor, Yael Bitton, Child.
With: Antonio, Arthur, Benjamin, Billy, Damien, Elijah, Dewey, Jason, Jean Mare, Kerwin, Martell, Michael, Rick, Stanford, Terence, Towana, Tyree, Victor.

 

Hard Hat Required
Directed, written by Samara Halperin. Camera (color, DigiBeta), Halperin; music, Rocco Katastrophe Kayiatos; animation, Gracie Bucciarelli, Halperin.

 

Occupy My Ass, Not Iraq
Directed, written by Jack Waters. Camera (color, DigiBeta), Peter Cramer.
With: Dom Pirates, Ares Fortuna.

 

Doin’ the Grizzle Bear
Directed, written by Amy von Harrington. Camera (color/B&W, DigiBeta), von Harrington.
With: Matt Danger, Jassica Handsome, Carrie Sweet.

 

Mmagnitude
Directed, written by Dan Borden. Camera (color/B&W, Super-8-to-DigiBeta), Borden; editor, Borden, Kristian Petersen; music, Claudia Fierke, Gioacchino Rossini.
With: Deanna Gibson, Lui Antonius, Dan Borden.

 

Dance Dance Dance
Directed by Hedia Maron. Camera (B&W, 16mm-to-DigiBeta), Maron.
With: Elad Lassry.

 

Mr. & Mrs. Porebski
Directed by Keith Levy. Screenplay, Levy, Marec Porebski. Camera (color, DigiBeta), James Carman; editor, Steve Gallagher; music, Adam Joseph.
With: Sherry Vine, Marec Porebski, Josh Rosenzweig, Hopey Rock, Theo Kogan.

 

In Betweens
Photos by Charles Lum. Editor, Kristian Petersen; music, Claudia Fierke.

 

Following 2005’s “Fucking Different,” producer Kristian Petersen achieves equally mixed results with 12 Gotham-based gay and lesbian filmmakers in the experimental compilation “Fucking Different New York.” This time the helmers largely skirt or ignore portraying the love lives of the opposite sex, seeming to either pull out old projects or throw together new ones in a hurry. Only Dan Borden delivers the goods with a genuinely well-made short that would do better going it alone. Gay fests may feel compelled, though specialty DVD is the pic’s likely home.

 

Even the normally worthy Barbara Hammer delivers substandard goods, though hers sticks to the stated theme, unlike Jack Waters’ pretentious, unfocused (in so many ways) “Occupy My Ass, Not Iraq,” which fails to live up to its amusing title. Abigail Child’s “The Party 2004-2006” is the sole docu exploring sexual identification among black men but feels like a work-in-progress. Borden’s “Mmagnitude” outclasses the rest, imagining the brief fling between Marilyn Monroe and Joan Crawford and utilizing camp in ways the others can’t even touch. Tech credits are generally abysmal; shorts are separated by photos, technically the 13th entry, from a “Flaming Creatures” remake project.

Fucking Different New York

Germany

Production: A Gmfilms presentation of a Kristian Petersen Film production. (International sales: Kristian Petersen, Berlin.) Produced by Petersen. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 12, 2007. English dialogue. Running time: 66 MIN. Directed, written by Stephen Gallagher.

Crew: Camera (color, DigiBeta), Kristian Petersen; music, Brian Corcoran.

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