Extended Trailer For Shortbus

In gearing up for the October 4th U.S. release of director John Cameron Mitchell’s (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) controversial, yet critically praised film – Shortbus, an extended trailer has been released that features an introduction from Mitchell himself.

The film, which earlier this year was met with a standing ovation, mostly enthusiastic reviews, and a subsequent bidding war at Cannes, contains real sex (even real orgasms according to Mitchell), and a cast entirely new to feature-film roles. The story revolves around New Yorkers of varied backgrounds and sexual orientation who all intersect within the open environment of a Brooklyn club to experience love, life, and all that rot in the big city.

Regardless of the finished product, the three years Mitchell used to gather actors and prepare for Shortbus add up to a tale in itself (as told in elaborate detail in this interview with the director), worthy of it’s own documentary film. Looking for non-professional actors, he sent out at open casting call online. The website received half a million visits that ultimately led to 500 submitted videos, then a gathered group of forty candidates, finally reduced to nine. The finalized group worked for two and a half years in improv workshops as they helped to mold the characters and story, along with the director. The result is a film that “chooses to go someplace that a lot of movies don’t go,” said Mark Urman, head of its distributor – ThinkFilm, to IndieWire at Cannes, adding that it will appeal to audiences “fed-up with preemptive self-censorship” that want to “let their hair down.”

At the end of the trailer, you’ll see a mention of the website: www.shortbusthemovie.com, that will feature an uncensored version.

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