Wednesday, January 26 - Thursday, February 24, 2022

Q&A with director John Cameron Mitchell and cast members Paul Dawson and Justin Vivian Bond following the 7pm screening on Wednesday, January 26 moderated by critic Jude Dry, with director John Cameron Mitchell and actor Paul Dawson following the 7pm screening on Thursday, January 27, moderated by Senior Entertainment Reporter Kevin Fallon and with director John Cameron Mitchell following the 7:30pm screenings on Friday, January 28th moderated by critic Stephanie Zacharek and on Saturday January 29th moderated by journalist Rich Juzwiak + introducing the 9:45pm shows on Wednesday and Thursday and the 9:55pm shows on Friday and Saturday!

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John Cameron Mitchell’s SHORTBUS explores the lives of several emotionally challenged characters as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex in and around a modern-day underground salon. A sex therapist who has never had an orgasm, a dominatrix who is unable to connect, a gay couple who are deciding whether to open up their relationship, and the people who weave in and out of their lives, all converge on a weekly gathering called Shortbus; a mad nexus of art, music, politics, and polusexual carnality. Set in a post-9/11, Bush-exhausted New York City, SHORTBUS tells its story with sexual frankness, suggesting new ways to reconcile questions of the mind, pleasures of the flesh, and imperatives of the heart.

  • Year 2006
  • Running Time 101 minutes
  • Distributor Oscilloscope
  • Director John Cameron Mitchell
  • Cast Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, PJ Deboy
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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