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Shortbus -- A group of New Yorkers get caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.
Shortbus -- A group of New Yorkers get caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.
Shortbus -- A group of New Yorkers get caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.


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Writer (WGA):
John Cameron Mitchell (written by)
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Sook-Yin Lee ... Sofia

Paul Dawson ... James

Lindsay Beamish ... Severin
PJ DeBoy ... Jamie
Raphael Barker ... Rob

Peter Stickles ... Caleb, the Stalker
Jay Brannan ... Ceth

Alan Mandell ... Tobias, the Mayor
Adam Hardman ... Jesse, the John
Ray Rivas ... Shabbos Goy
Bitch ... Bitch / Shortbus House Band
Shanti Carson ... Leah, the Beautiful Couple
Justin Hagan ... Brad
Jan Hilmer ... Nick, the Beautiful Couple
Stephen Kent Jusick ... Creamy

Yolonda Ross ... Faustus
Jocelyn Samson ... Jid (as JD Samson)

Daniela Sea ... Little Prince

Miriam Shor ... Cheryl

Rachael C. Smith ... Zoey (as Rachael Cyna Smith)
Derek Jackson ... Derek
Paul Oakley Stovall ... Magnus
Lex Vaughn ... Bucky
Justin Bond ... Himself
David Pittu ... Jacuzzi Hunter
Jeff Whitty ... Jacuzzi Hunted
Mickey Cottrell ... Dead Man in the Jacuzzi

Mary Beth Peil ... Ann (Our Lady of the Gutter)
Bradford Scobie ... Dr. Donut

Murray Hill ... Murray Hill
Ethan Eunson-Conn ... Sex-Not-Bombs Room D.J.

Jonathan Caouette ... Blondie-Grabber
Rachel Friedman ... Yenta Voice (voice)
Reg Vermue ... The Albino
Tanya Gagné ... The Wau Wau Sister
Adrienne Truscott ... The Wau Wau Sister

Dirty Martini ... Dirty Martini
Timmy Young ... Mikey / Oglesby the Puppet
The World Famous *BoB* ... The World Famous *BOB*
Eric Gilliland ... Eric Gilliland
Jasper James ... Jasper
Grace Kahng ... Suicide Nurse
Ralph Gunderman ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Nate Calkins ... Shortbus House Band
Christine Choi ... Shortbus House Band
Paul Festa ... Shortbus House Band / Sextra
Peter Gingerich ... Shortbus House Band
Scott Matthew ... Shortbus House Band
Louis Schwadron ... Shortbus House Band
Jeanette Seidman ... Shortbus House Band
Matt Way ... Shortbus House Band
Jeannann Seidman ... Shortbus House Band
Brent Alberghini ... Sextra
Ashley Balavender ... Sextra
Jonathan Bastiani ... Sextra
John Caffery ... Sextra
Anthony Cefala ... Sextra
Aeran Doron ... Sextra
Patrick Egan ... Sextra
Cat Erickson ... Sextra
Feva ... Sextra
Colin Fitzpatrick ... Sextra
Michael C. Freeland ... Sextra
Shawn Frenté ... Sextra
Pamela Giaroli ... Sextra
Joseph Gross ... Sextra
Christopher Hamblin ... Sextra
Timothy Heber ... Sextra
Sienna Horton ... Sextra
Bel Jordan ... Sextra
Joseph Keckler ... Sextra
Bré Kelly ... Sextra
Kenneth Lang ... Sextra
Lapis Luxury ... Sextra

Erin Markey ... Sextra
Janie Martinez ... Sextra
Kelly McKay ... Sextra
Jesse Miller ... Sextra
Kristen Munchheimer ... Sextra
Nicole Pasulka ... Sextra
Carlo Quispe ... Sextra
Emma Rander ... Sextra
David W. Robinson ... Sextra
Jesse Sanford ... Sextra
Frank Susa ... Sextra
Tristan Taormino ... Sextra
Matt Thomas ... Sextra
Layard Thompson ... Sextra
Colten Tognazzini ... Sextra
Jorge Torres ... Sextra
Lix Velvet ... Sextra
Will D. Ware ... Sextra
Isabelle Woodley ... Sextra
Leopard Zeppard ... Sextra
Kris Anton ... Hungry March Band
Jason Candler ... Hungry March Band
Jon 'Corn Mo' Cunningham ... Hungry March Band
Luca Fadda ... Hungry March Band
Emily Fairey ... Hungry March Band
Julie Hair ... Hungry March Band
Michele Hardesty ... Hungry March Band

Jen Emma Hertel ... Hungry March Band
John Heyenga ... Hungry March Band
Ben Holtzman ... Hungry March Band

Richard Hutchins ... Hungry March Band
Sebastian Isler ... Hungry March Band
Joseph B. Keady ... Hungry March Band
Quince Marcum ... Hungry March Band
Ben Meyers ... Hungry March Band
Anders Nelson ... Hungry March Band
Greg Schneiderman ... Hungry March Band
Sasha Sumner ... Hungry March Band
Samantha Tsisktinas ... Hungry March Band
Sara Valentine ... Hungry March Band
Theresa Westerdahl ... Hungry March Band
Okkon Yokoyama ... Hungry March Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Slattery ... Piñata Boy
Fast Ali ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Brad Bachtell ... Extra (uncredited)

Marc Bonan ... House Band Guest (uncredited)

John Cameron Mitchell ... Sextra (uncredited)
Justin Tranter ... Sextra (uncredited)
Travis Tyskiewicz ... Orgy Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Cameron Mitchell 
Writing credits
John Cameron Mitchell (written by)

Produced by
Wouter Barendrecht .... executive producer
Alexis Fish .... executive producer
Howard Gertler .... producer
Pamela Hirsch .... co-producer
Richie Jackson .... co-executive producer
John Cameron Mitchell .... producer
Morgan Higby Night .... associate producer
Tim Perell .... producer
Bobbi Thompson .... co-executive producer
Michael J. Werner .... executive producer
Neil Westreich .... associate producer
Richard Wofford .... associate producer
Original Music by
Yo La Tengo 
Cinematography by
Frank G. DeMarco 
Film Editing by
Brian A. Kates 
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker 
Production Design by
Jody Asnes 
Set Decoration by
Sarah E. McMillan 
Costume Design by
Kurt and Bart 
Makeup Department
Jill Astmann .... additional makeup artist
Davion Edwards .... additional hair stylist
Fabian Garcia .... hair department head
Fabian Garcia .... key hair stylist
Maya Hardinge .... key makeup artist
Julia Lallas .... additional makeup artist
Dionne Pitsikoulis .... additional makeup artist
Amanda Ross .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Ramsey Fong .... unit production manager: second unit
Michael Romero .... production supervisor
Matthew Shapiro .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Rae Garrett .... second assistant director
Karen Kane .... first assistant director
Art Department
Hilary Basing .... art department intern
James Bednark .... art production assistant
Sarah Berney .... charge scenic artist
Kate Bryant .... set dresser
Gabu Camilo .... assistant property master: prep
James Capolarello .... art department intern
Benji Cox .... art department production assistant
Yolan Fisher .... assistant property master
Carl Li .... art assistant
JoJo Li .... art production assistant
Elizabeth Minot .... set dresser
Jacquelyn Moses .... art department production assistant
Julio Palma .... set dresser
Tricia Peck .... set production assistant
Kyle Salvatore .... on-set dresser
Heather Wellik .... art department production assistant
Bentley Wood .... property master
Sound Department
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Benjamin Cheah .... sound designer
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Mark Corbin .... adr recordist
Anguibe Guindo .... additional boom operator
John Gutierrez .... boom operator
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Ishii .... production sound mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Brandon Proctor .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Pullman .... additional boom operator
Jac Rubenstein .... supervising adr editor
Jac Rubenstein .... supervising dialogue editor
Chris Stangroom .... adr recordist
Gregg Swiatlowski .... assistant sound
Damian Volpe .... adr recordist
Joe White .... boom operator
Tom Gambale .... sound designer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John Bair .... animator
John Dowdell .... 2K digital intermediate colorist
Peter Heady .... 2k digital intermediate editor
Peter Heady .... EFX artist
Robert Dahlem .... main title designer (uncredited)
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Elliott Breeden .... assistant videographer
Michael F. Burke .... assistant camera (as Michael Burke)
Sung Rae Cho .... first assistant camera
Doug Foote .... first assistant camera
Jack Foster .... electrician
Bob Izzo .... key grip
Paul McCarthy .... gaffer
Jim Mickle .... additional grip
Joseph Paolini .... third grip
R. Samul .... best boy grip
Makario Sarsozo .... additional camera operator
Ned Stresen-Reuter .... additional still photographer
Lee Vickery .... additional assistant camera
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Zenfeek .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Judy Bowman .... casting associate
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Erica Palgon .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olivia Mori .... set costumer
Shelby Saboy .... wardrobe assistant
Michelle Elaine Teague .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jason Crump .... colorist: dailies
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Hedia Maron .... post-production intern
Ali Muney .... assistant editor
Trina Rose .... editorial assistant
Marin Sander-Holzman .... associate editor
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor
Ethan Weinstock .... post-production intern
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Michael Hill .... music supervisor
Other crew
Matthew Amenta .... production assistant: first team
Steve Berman .... completion bond
David Bizgia .... pre-production assistant
Elliott Breeden .... production assistant
Elliott Breeden .... workshop assistant
Brian Cantaldi .... production accountant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
James Coppola .... extras coordinator
Tristan Cowen .... craft service
Jeremy Crane .... assistant production coordinator
Ryan Davis .... workshop assistant
Patricia de Paula .... production coordinator
Andrei Diakov .... assistant: Howard Gertler
Nikki Ellis .... background crew
Steve Faughnan .... assistant location manager
Eric Gerdts .... office production intern
Peter Heady .... finishing artist
Diane Hounsell .... script supervisor
Blake Leyh .... pee & vibrator consultant
Derek J. Manganelli .... location assistant
Angel O. Mendez .... office intern
Jasmine Mohamed .... office production assistant
Ashanti Ngozi .... production assistant
David Paritsky .... office intern
Jennifer Quesenbery .... location scout
Will Schluter .... production assistant
Louis Schwadron .... assistant: John Cameron Mitchell
Collin Smith .... location manager
Jesse Spellman .... intern
Raymond Willis .... production assistant
Terri Yuan .... intern
Miguel Arteta .... very special thanks
Rozie Bacchi .... special thanks
Semi Chellas .... thanks
Jerry Ciccoritti .... thanks
Francis Ford Coppola .... thanks
Douglas Coupland .... thanks
David Cronenberg .... thanks
Andrea Dorfman .... thanks
Atom Egoyan .... thanks
Fab Filippo .... thanks
Thom Fitzgerald .... thanks
Bart Freundlich .... thanks
Matthew Herrmann .... thanks
Ellen A. Huang .... special thanks
Anne Hubbell .... thanks
Dan'l Linehan .... thanks
Moby .... special thanks
Julianne Moore .... thanks
Nancy Nigrosh .... thanks
Yoko Ono .... thanks
Jeremy Podeswa .... thanks
Patricia Rozema .... thanks
Michael Stipe .... thanks
Gus Van Sant .... thanks

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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Québec) | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 (with warning) | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:Limited (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (2009) | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The Chinese characters on the wall in Dr. Sofia's (Sook-Yin Lee) office are "jiu ming" which means "save my life!" in Chinese. It's what you call out for help when you're in danger.See more »
Continuity: The moment Jamie enters alone the swimming pool he is fully naked. When he is rescued by 'the stalker', you can see a (very short) underwater shot of his body wearing black underwear/swimwear.See more »
[first lines]
Jesse, the John:Are you a top or a bottom?
Severin:I beg your pardon?
Jesse, the John:I mean in real life.
Severin:This is real life.
Jesse, the John:Let me put it this way: do you think we should get out of Iraq?
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Why is the movie called Shortbus?
Why actual sex? Is it really necessary?
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87 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
For Once, Emotion Trumps Sex, 19 October 2006
Author: evanston_dad from United States

A married sex therapist doles out relationship advice at work but privately spends her time in search of an orgasm, which she's never had. Two gay men find themselves drifting from one another and introduce a third man into their relationship in an attempt to bring some fulfillment back to their emotional connection. A professional dominatrix excels at abusing clients, but brings that abusive behavior to her personal relationships as well and as a result isolates herself from any true human contact. Meanwhile, all of these characters meet regularly at Shortbus, a sex club where everyone is free to be whatever they want to be, where no one's a freak because everyone's a freak, and where, most importantly, everyone feels a sense of community in a scary post-9/11 world.

Such is "Shortbus," John Cameron Mitchell's emotionally affecting follow up film to his dazzling debut, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." By now, everyone knows that "Shortbus" contains many scenes of quite explicit sex. As happens with any more conventional film that contains material we are used to seeing only in bona fide pornography, the sex tends to dominate on a first viewing; it's so hard not to be distracted by the explicit scenes and ignore the other things going on. However, it is to Mitchell's great credit that I left the film not remembering the sex as much as I remembered some of the beautiful emotional moments, of which "Shortbus" is chock full.

I saw a screening of this at the Chicago International Film Festival, and two of the actors, Sook-Yin Lee and Lindsay Beamish, were on hand to answer questions. Lee explained what Mitchell was trying to do with this film, and I greatly admire his ambition. She said that he was trying to make an antidote to all of the other films out there that treat sex just as explicitly but in such more negative ways. Sex in our movie culture is usually full of dysfunction -- if it's not downright harmful, it's at best desultory and unsatisfying (think "9 Songs"). Our culture condones graphic violence in films, many times in combination with sex, but squirms away from sex as it really looks, even though it's one of the most natural of human functions. Mitchell wanted to illuminate this hypocrisy and show that sex can be fun, sex can bring people together, sex can make you laugh. It can't necessarily solve problems, as the characters in this film realize, but it doesn't always have to necessarily cause problems either.

My biggest complaint about "Shortbus" is that I felt somewhat left out. As a heterosexual male, I don't feel that I was represented by any of the film's characters. Mitchell, as a gay man, obviously has an understanding of gay relationships, and the storyline with the three gay lovers is handled beautifully. But I felt that Mitchell was stereotyping heterosexual relationships in the same way that heterosexuals stereotype gays. The married couple is bored, unfulfilled, caustic with one another. Lee's character can't achieve orgasm until she comes to a sex club and gets it on with another woman. Just once, can't a film show a heterosexual couple who are happy and having a completely satisfying emotional and sexual relationship? I know this wouldn't make for great drama, but it would at least make me feel better.

I really liked "Shortbus" without feeling that it was a complete bulls-eye for Mitchell. At the very least, he has an outstanding talent and has proved himself to be a young filmmaker to watch.

Grade: A-

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