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Yet it also bursts with moments of joy and revelation, mostly thanks to a captivating, ebullient performance from Rapp’s co-star Jimmy Brooks as Yenny.
As a director, Young is no stranger to somber material.
For his part, Rapp welcomed the experience to play what he considers a character with darker tendencies.
It’s fitting, then, that his newest achievement is getting an area premiere at Reel Affirmations Xtra this Friday, March 24, at the HRC Equality Center on Rhode Island Avenue NW.“For the first 15 minutes of the film, it’s Anthony’s face, not even talking,” says Young, who filmed over ten days on a miniscule budget of ,000.“He’s reacting to a screen, which can absolutely be deadly.It felt like to completely say, “Yes, I’m one hundred percent homosexual” would invalidate any relationships or experiences that I’d had with women. I think for some people, when they think that public figures say something like what I said, they’re trying to obfuscate or hide. Part of what, to me, makes the show special, is that all of these labelled things about these characters are never directly talked about. The rest of it is just this is who they are, this is the tapestry of the community in which everyone lives, and there’s no muss, no fuss made about any of those aspects of their lives.I know that there are some gay men for whom they’ve never had any desire or experiences with women, and that’s one hundred percent the case with them. I wasn’t trying to do that — I was trying to have an open conversation about the nature of sexuality, and that there’s a fluidity to it to some degree in some cases. That’s one of the things that I loved about it, and am very proud of it.
I really came out to her then, and we had the much more direct conversation about what it all meant. He’s also committed to talking about bisexuality, and bisexual invisibility. It’s a really valid and interesting thing to continue to talk about.