IN the crazy and no doubt kinky history of casting calls, there have surely been few like the one for "Shortbus. And not because the director was looking for big-name hotties to lure audiences into theaters. He wanted people whose sexual histories and hangups might become fodder for the screenplay. He wanted erotically adventurous recruits for an expedition to what he saw as an unexplored confluence of drama, comedy and unblinking pornography. And so, on a Web site for what he cryptically called "the sex film project," the director, John Cameron Mitchell, solicited videotapes "of no longer than 10 minutes of you, the actor, talking about a true-life sexual experience that was very important to you. Raphael Barker applied.
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By Beth Accomando. Above: Sook-Yin Lee plays a sex therapist -- oh I mean couples counselor -- who's never had an orgasm in "Shortbus," playing tonight as part of FilmOut's monthly screening series. John Cameron Mitchell gained fame for bringing his drag queen stage hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"to the big screen. Now he presents us with a group of New Yorkers trying to figure out the connection, if any, between sex and love in "Shortbus" screening January 18 at the Birch North Park Theater as part of FilmOut's monthly screening program.
Shortbus is a American erotic comedy-drama film written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. The plot revolves around a sexually diverse ensemble of colorful characters trying desperately to connect in New York City. According to Mitchell, the film attempts to "employ sex in new cinematic ways because it's too interesting to leave to porn.