It’s been announced that bisexual actor and Tony winner Alan Cumming is attached to star in a new LGBT-themed movie from lifelong activist and artist, Vincent Gagliostro, who has been sited by New York Magazine as one of the six most influential players in the gay community during the 80s and 90s AIDS crisis.
However, to get it to the screen it needs your help, as a Kickstarter is now running through June 2nd, in the hope of raising $72,500. After Louie explores the contradictions of modern gay life and history through Sam (Cumming), a man desperate to understand how he and his community got to where they are today. The movie also Justin Vivian Bond (Shortbus, Kiki and Herb: Live at the Knitting Factory), Zachary Booth (Damages, Keep The Lights On), David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me), and NYC icon, Joey Arias.
Many important figure-heads in the NYC artistic community are speaking up for the film, including author and playwright, Larry Kramer who says, “this move needs to be made.” Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Michael Cunningham comments, “Vincent Gagliostro is not only enormously gifted, he’s also been a radical, fearless and compassionate voice for decades, speaking for countless people whose stories would otherwise go undeard.”
Here’s the synopsis: ‘After Louie 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.’
Vincent Gagliostro comments, “My film After Louie is a portrait of what happened to us — the generation who endured the AIDS epidemic, a generation whose shared history continues to haunt us. 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. After Louie will be a testament to the joys of the fully lived life and the inseparability of art and living.”