The much talked about NC-17 flick Lucky Bastard is gearing up for release in New York City this weekend, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Because nothing says love like a found footage film about a dude banging his favorite porn star, am I right?
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Gotham-based indie film distribution company CAVU Pictures will be releasing the NC-17 “found footage” feature film Lucky Bastard in theatres nationwide, beginning Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014, in New York City at the Cinema Village (22 E. 2th Street, NY, NY 10003), and March 7, 2014, in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601). The film will expand into additional cities throughout the spring.
The director and co-writer of Lucky Bastard is veteran television writer-producer Robert Nathan, best known for his Emmy-nominated work on “Law & Order,” and who is also an award-winning novelist and journalist. Executive producer and co-writer Lukas Kendall is the founder and publisher of Film Score Monthly, a magazine, website, and CD label devoted to movie music. Since 1996 he has produced and released more than 250 CDs of classic film & TV music.
LUCKY BASTARD is the story of a shy young man who wins a contest to have sex with a famous porn star on an adult website. When the young man arrives at the porno house/set location, his every move is captured on the numerous “reality television-style” wallcams that are spread out everywhere in the house. It is the found footage from these cameras that tells the story of the inevitable and horrifying reality of what actually happened.
At the center of the story are: Mike (Don McManus), who owns the “Lucky Bastard” website; his top porn star Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue); and Dave G. (Jay Paulson), the unsuspecting shy young man who wins the contest.
The “Lucky Bastard” employees treat their work matter-of-factly. Mike once clearly had more serious artistic ambitions, but now he runs the company and directs all of the “Lucky Bastard” website’s content. Ashley, the website’s most popular performer, initially refuses to participate because she knows the winner will be humiliated by the experience but ultimately gives in when offered extra money. And the contest winner, Dave, an unassuming and shy young man, finds himself driven by shame and humiliation into committing the most horrifying acts imaginable.
The cast of LUCKY BASTARD includes veteran performers known for their work in movies, TV, and theatre, including Jay Paulson (familiar to audiences as Don Draper’s brother, Adam Whitman, in “Mad Men”), Don McManus (Grand Piano, Lovelace, The Congress), and lead actress Betsy Rue (best known from the horror hit My Bloody Valentine).
LUCKY BASTARD crosses many genres—drama, comedy, suspense thriller, horror—without entirely belonging to any of them and implicitly comments on a society in which pornography is not only a common part of modern life but also a mirror reflecting the nature of intimacy in today’s world. The movie also reshapes in unpredictable ways the recent cinematic convention of “found footage.”
For more information about the opening weekend release, which includes Q&A sessions with the filmmakers, head over to the Cinema Village website.
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