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Rooftop Films hosted a great (and crowded) screening of Lynn Shelton’s comedy Humpday, on Friday night in Manhattan. The Sundance hit, which stars Mark Duplass and Josh Leonard, is coming to theaters starting July 10 (expanding well into August and September). Consider it essential summer arthouse viewing, a comedy that delivers but is also beyond edgy, beyond indie, and “beyond gay.” I’m very happy for Lynn and the team (including unsung heroes: DP Ben Kasulke and editor Nat Sanders), because the whole cast/crew is comprised of great human beings. At Sundance, the film was definitely the comedy sleeper that folks had been hoping for.

(Myself and Lynn Shelton, at the Cinetic party in Sundance. Also the night Magnolia announced its acquisition of the film. So, it was a double party. Photo by Eugene Hernandez.)

When I caught the film’s premiere at Sundance I blogged:Humpday is a hilarious look at male friendships, underlying homoeroticism, and the longevity of adult relationships. Mark Duplass and Josh Leonard are great as competing pals, who agree to make a porno together, despite the fact that they are both straight. It’s a great set-up, rich with ‘will they or won’t they?’ tension, and some very funny set pieces. I’m so proud of Lynn, and the whole cast/crew, because they brought the house down at the Eccles. And, that’s no small feat.”

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