Palm Springs' White Party is the backdrop for this documentary on the fast-paced world of gay circuit parties. Halpern and Rolov follow four young men: 23-year old straight-laced circuit virgin, Brandon; 21-year old party boy with a drug problem, Tone; and sensitive but strong-willed 19-year old, Jon. Accompanying them is Jon's "soulmate," Todd, a 35-year old businessman recklessly reliving his adolescence, plus other "circuit friends" the boys make along the way. When Boys Fly pulls no punches in exposing this world - men are shown overdosing and engaging in risky behavior - but at the same time, it also shows the sense of community and vitality the parties bring to the men who attend. Written by
...then I suspect you're possibly in denial about the community of which you are a part. If you're complaining about how shallow and pathetic the people in the film are...take a look around you the next time you're out at a meat-market West Hollywood bar (or in whatever city you live) and see if you can pick out clones of the characters in this movie. I'd put money on it that you can...AND find more than one of each. And why? Because very very sadly, the gay community is known for its addictive, destructive behavior. If it were not true, there wouldn't be a White Party Circuit in the first place. Don't you think? I have a bazillion gay friends and as a singer/songwriter, the gay community comprises at least half of my fan-base (my sister calls me the musical version of Kathy Griffin, even). But I honestly can't think of a single one of my gay friends that isn't a functioning alcoholic. Honestly. Some have drug problems. Most of them have sex indiscriminately and sometimes even unsafely. Many are addicted to pornography. And the majority are indeed self-absorbed, shallow, unreliable and flat out compulsive liars. I wish I could say that's not the case, but I can't. Of course, as with any community or social group, there are exceptions to "the rule". But this film is about "the rule" and those who are essentially trying to imply that this doc only makes your community look bad...well...wake up and smell the coffee, campers. And then become the change you wish to see in your world.
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