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Reel Affirmations XTRA: Our Monthly LGBTQ Film "Buddies"

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In honor of World AIDS Day
Join us for our screening of

Buddies
Directed by Arthur J. Bressan Jr.

Arthur J Bressan Jr. (Gay USA, Frameline40) created this gay indie masterpiece in 1985 after more than a decade of making gay adult films. When 25 year-old gay yuppie David (David Schachter) volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient, the gay community center assigns him to Robert (Geoff Edholm), a 32 year-old politically impassioned gay California gardener abandoned by his friends and lovers. Revolving around the confines of Robert’s Manhattan hospital room Bressan skillfully unfolds this devastating two-hander (the rest of the cast is only heard off-screen). As David gazes out at the piers and rooftops of Manhattan we hear his deftly scripted diary entries in voiceover. And as David is changed by knowing Robert, so too are we. In the simplicity of the story and the elegance of its unfolding, Buddies achieves a rare perfection. It’s a timeless portrayal of an entire era in gay history.

Buddies was scripted in San Francisco in five days with input from friends with AIDS. It was shot independently in nine days in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco with a budget of approximately $27,000. Bressan said "For me there is a real moral issue in going around and raising several hundred thousand dollars to make a movie about the pain and suffering and lives of people with AIDS who can't make rent and are living on food stamps. I really felt I'd better make Buddiessmall, low budget, and powerful... I did not want to spend a year or two doing an AIDS movie which should be made now."