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Can The Gay Age Gap Be Bridged? Up-Coming Film ‘After Louie’ With Alan Cumming Says Yes.

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Artist and AIDS activist Vincent Gagliostro is hoping to bridge the gay generation gap with his first narrative film, After Louie. Co-written by writer and actor, Anthony Johnston, the film “explores the contradictions of modern gay life and history through Sam (Alan Cumming), a man desperate to understand how he and his community got to where they are today.”

“As an AIDS activist and member of ACT UP in the 1980s and 90s, Sam witnessed the deaths of too many friends and lovers. Battle-wounded and struggling with survivor’s guilt, Sam now resents the complacency of his former comrades and derides what he sees as the younger generation’s indifference to the politics of sex, and of death.

An unexpected intimacy with a much younger man, Braeden (Zachary Booth), challenges Sam’s understanding of contemporary gay life. Through this unconventional romance, he is forced to deal with the trauma that so informs his past, their present, and an unknown future.”

The film “is a portrait of what happened to us — the generation who endured the AIDS epidemic, a generation whose shared history continues to haunt us,” Gagliostro says. “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.”

Producers Bryce J. Renninger and Lauren Belfer have assembled an impressive cast. Wilson Cruz and New York cabaret legends Justin Vivian Bond and Joey Arias will appear alongside Cumming and Booth. And the film has been endorsed by no less an authority than Gay Men’s Health Crisis founder, activist and playwright Larry Kramer.

After Louie, which aims to go into production this summer, comes at time when the disconnect between gay men of different generations has been particularly contentious. The introduction of PrEP has lead some who fought and survived the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 80s to criticize the younger generation’s embrace of the HIV prevention med.

As Kramer says, “This movie needs to be made.” You can help make that happen by visiting the film’s Kickstarter page and donating before the June 2 deadline.

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9 Comments

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    The span of an XL dick will bridge any kind of gap generally speaking

  • Billy Budd

    My boyfriend and I have a huge age gap of 21 years and it didn’t prevent us from loving each other and fucking like rabbits every single day.

  • jdboston617

    @Billy Budd: Good for you Billy. But making such a point to say that you fuck like rabbits everyday is telling that you completely missed the point of the article and film. In fact, it highlights the divide.

  • Stache

    @jdboston617:He’ll find a way to fit it into most stories no matter how relevant. He likes them youger the better. Now he’s finally found one and will hear about it ad nauseam.

  • Matt Achine

    Could they pretend to engage in less predictable casting? The young trophy blond & slightly less Aryan supporting cast are a snooze.

  • Chris

    I, for one, look forward to this movie. There are times when I think that I’m from a different planet than some younger gay men. I’m sure it’s, at least partly, because I buried so many people.

  • ChuckF

    Because most of us don’t grow up with gay parents we have to rely on previous generations to pass on gay culture. I am 72 and many of my generation are dead,but I writing a novel about my generation t0 help bridge the gap.

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