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John Cameron Mitchell, who created a cult sensation as writer and director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, blazes a brave new trail with this comedy-drama which combines the stories of a handful of emotionally unsatisfied New Yorkers with some of the most explicit sexual material to ever appear in a mainstream motion picture. Sofia (Sook-Yin Lee) is a couples' therapist who has a major relationship problem of her own -- she's never had an orgasm, and her husband Rob (Raphael Barker) doesn't seem capable of giving her one. Sophia's clients include James and Jamie (Paul Dawson and PJ DeBoy), a gay couple who have been together for five years and are beginning to grow tired of one another. As James and Jamie discuss the possibility of bringing another man into the bedroom, Sophia accidentally mentions her problem, and they tell her of an upcoming "Shortbus Party," a sexual free-for-all in which straight, gay, and lesbian couples are all welcome to either talk about sex or take a more active role in the main ballroom. As James and Jamie hook up with Ceth (Jay Brannan) for some mutually satisfying action at the bash, Sophia experiments with Sapphic diversions, and begins to truly find herself when she encounters Severin (Lindsay Beamish), a professional dominatrix. However, while Sophia begins to find what she needs with Severin, she discovers that while Severin is able to casually enter into a sexual relationship, she's never been able to emotionally commit herself to someone else. Shortbus was screened in competition at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 6, 2006


John Cameron Mitchell
John Cameron Mitchell
Tim Perell
Howard Gertler
John Cameron Mitchell
Frank G. de Marco
Yo La Tengo
Featured Music
Brian A. Kates
Jody Asnes
Production Designer
Pamela Hirsch
Sean Kaminsky
Supervising Producer
Richard Wofford
Associate Producer
Morgan Higby Night
Associate Producer
Neil Westreich
Associate Producer
Wouter Barendrecht
Executive Producer
Frank Olsen
Executive Producer
Alexis Fish
Executive Producer
Michael J. Werner
Executive Producer
Bart the Bear
Costume Designer
Ken Ishii
Sound/Sound Designer
Benjamin Cheah
Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Viviano
Special Effects
John Bair
David Tumblety
Camera Operator
Susan Shopmaker
Maya Hardinge
Key Make-up
Pamela Hirsch
Unit Production Manager
Lora Hirschberg
Re-Recording Mixer
Frank Rinato
Steadicam Operator
Diane Hounsell
Script Supervisor
Marin Sander-Holzman
Associate Editor
Bentley Wood
Properties Master
Richie Jean Jackson
Co-Executive Producer
Michael Romero
Production Supervisor
Collin Smith
Location Manager
Fabian Garcia
Key Hairstylist
Bobbi Thompson
Co-Executive Producer
Brian Cantaldi
Production Accountant
Manny Siverio
Stunts Coordinator