2023 Outfest LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Virtual Screening: Late Night Spotlight: Down Low

Expired July 24, 2023 6:59 AM
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With a pitch black sense of humor and rapid-fire dialogue, Rightor Doyle’s feature directorial debut is a gay comedy unafraid to push the envelope. The film boasts a talented cast that includes Zachary Quinto as Gary, a generally sad divorcé recently out of the closet, and Lukas Gage as Cameron, the boundary-free masseur he hires for a happy ending. When Cameron learns just how inexperienced Gary is at gay life, his enthusiastic agenda of Grindr hookups and more quickly causes the day to take several dark, out-of-control turns.

Supported by an extremely game cast that includes Simon Rex, Audra McDonald, and even Judith Light, wringing every laugh out of a small, kooky role, the wild narrative is perfectly led at every beat by Gage (who also co-wrote the script) in a performance bursting with manic comic energy. Doyle gives us twist after R-rated twist, barely allowing the audience to take a breath before the next troubling revelation. But what really makes Down Low special is its casual relationship with queerness and sexuality, never over explaining any one term or sex act, firmly positioning the film as a story by and for queer audiences. Its refusal to anticipate a straight audience makes Down Low feel fresh and daring. We need more films like it.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Los Angeles
  • Genre
    Feature Film, Narrative
  • Director
    Rightor Doyle
  • Screenwriter
    Phoebe Fisher, Lukas Gage
  • Producer
    Ashley Fox, Lucas Wiesendanger, Ross Katz
  • Executive Producer
    Glen Basner, Alison Cohen, Milan Popelka, Ben Browning, Will Greenfield
  • Co-Producer
    Elizabeth Siegal, Sirad Balducci
  • Cast
    Zachary Quinto, Lukas Gage, Simon Rex, Sebastian Arroyo, Christopher Reed Brown, with Audra McDonald and Judith Light
  • Cinematographer
    Nate Hurtsellers
  • Editor
    Mike S Smith, David Moritz
  • Production Design
    Maite Perez-Nievas
  • Composer
    Adam Crystal