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Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Cast: John Cameron Mitchell, Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish


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'…  See more details below


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. ThinkFilm's packed DVD release incldues everything from trailers to making-ofs that cover the production as well as how to shoot a sex scene. Deleted scenes have also been supplied with optional filmmaker and cast commentary, with an additional commentary included for the feature film. The sound and picture have been mastered for the home theater thanks to its 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen image and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround audio track.

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Product Details

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Velocity / Thinkfilm

Special Features

Trailers; Gifted and Challenged: The Making of Shortbus; How to Shoot Sex: A Docu-Primer; Deleted scenes with filmmaker & cast commentary; Trailer gallery; Filmmaker & cast feature commentary; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround; 16:9 anamorphic full frame presentation (1.78:1); Closed captioned; Spanish and French subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sook-Yin Lee Sofia
Paul Dawson James
Lindsay Beamish Severin
PJ DeBoy Jamie
Raphael Barker Rob
Jay Brannan Ceth
Peter Stickles Caleb
Alan Mandell Actor
Adam Hardman Actor
Ray Rivas Actor
Bitch Actor
Justin Bond Actor
Shanti Carson Actor
Justin Hagan Actor
Jan Hilmer Actor
Stephen Kent Jusick Actor
Yolonda Ross Actor
JD Samson Actor
Daniela Sea Actor
Miriam Shor Actor
Rachael Cyna Smith Actor
Paul Oakley Stovall Actor
Lex Vaughn Actor
Jonathan Caouette Actor

Technical Credits
John Cameron Mitchell Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jody Asnes Production Designer
John Bair Animator
Wouter Barendrecht Executive Producer
Bart the Bear Costumes/Costume Designer
Benjamin Cheah Sound/Sound Designer
Frank G. de Marco Cinematographer
Alexis Fish Executive Producer
Howard Gertler Producer
Michael Hill Musical Direction/Supervision
Pamela Hirsch Co-producer
Ken Ishii Sound/Sound Designer
Karen Kane Asst. Director
Brian A. Kates Editor
Kurt & Bart Costumes/Costume Designer
Morgan Higby Night Associate Producer
Frank Olsen Executive Producer
Tim Perell Producer
Susan Shopmaker Casting
David Tumblety Camera Operator
Thomas Viviano Special Effects
Michael J. Werner Executive Producer
Neil Westreich Associate Producer
Richard Wofford Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shortbus
1. Opening Sequence [6:55]
2. I'm Home [2:39]
3. Jamie & James [8:16]
4. The Mistress of Shortbus [3:57]
5. Yenta 650 [4:33]
6. Bitch [3:07]
7. About New York [5:34]
8. Star-Spangled Banner [7:32]
9. A Place of Love [2:52]
10. Non-Smoking Environment [5:26]
11. The Egg [6:28]
12. Three-Way [6:11]
13. Truth or Dare [4:38]
14. You Gave It Away? [2:45]
15. For Jamie [4:21]
16. This One's for Her [6:14]
17. My Film [4:23]
18. Calm [4:14]
19. In the End [5:23]
20. End Credits [5:51]


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Shortbus 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Finally there is a film that rises to the intelligent choices of European cinema! In a giant leap forward John Cameron Mitchell has broken the taboo of frankly cinematically captured sexuality that has so long embarrassed American filmmakers. What he has created in this important experimental film SHORTBUS is not only a fascinating probe into the complexities of contemporary sexuality but also a group of relationship stories that stand on terra firma and are not merely a matrix for the frank sexuality from which they are derived. John Cameron Mitchell visits the relationships of several couples: a Canadian Chinese couples therapist/sex therapist (Sook-Yin Lee) who describes herself as "pre-orgasmic - she has never had an orgasm - married to a stay at home man (Raphael Barker): a young gay couple Jamie (PJ DeBoy) and James (Paul Dawson) who are considering opening up their monogamous relationship a Dominatrix (Lindsay Beamish) and her long time male client among others. The location is New York City and in this melting pot is a club called 'Shortbus' where all manner of people visit to observe and participate in orgiastic activities, all with the goal of improving their libidinous experiences and heightening their pleasure zones And it is in this club that each of the couples meet and interface and change and grow. The film shows just about every form of sexual activity, none of it hidden from the camera at all. Mitchell has the courage and skill to draw from a cast of unknowns some particularly strong characters and he is able to show full frontal tumescent men and uninhibited women like no other American filmmaker has dared. The rewarding aspect is that Mitchell has finally succeeded in making a quality film for the open minded intelligent public who will not shy away in pilgrimesque fright. Mitchell's first film was 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' which has become a cult favorite. With SHORTBUS he steps further into the arena of successful American experimental cinema with a courageous and wholly enjoyable little work of art. He is a standard bearer and hopefully will open the gates for other directors to bury the fear of filming the sexual being - especially the ages long phobia of male frontal nudity! Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love JCM's work and think he is just an amazing film creator. However, i was a little hesitant about seeing shortbus. I knew it was very sexual and contained several things that had been described by some as 'pronographic'. I must say...i was absolutely shocked at the beauty of this film. There was nothing smutty or offensive about the work. True...there is a lot of sex (things that other films wouldn't even DARE do) but that IS NOT the film. I am so pleased that i purchased it. Also, the soundtrack is one of the best ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hedwig and The Angry Inch has to be one of the most enjoyable movies of the last 20 years and hopes were high for John Cameron Mitchell's second effort. The bar was raised and he did not disappoint. This film is explicit but moving at the same time. It is not for prudish audiences, but for those with open minds its a wonderful journey of character study and a story of love and friendship for modern times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Hedwig, and when I heard about Shortbus I was excited, but didn't think anyone could top Hedwig. I was drawn to it because I had heard about all the real sex with first time actors and then got something I never expected, a beautiful movie about hope, love and sex -- in the REAL world. I could identify with every character in some way, even ones I thought were nothing like me. Gay men, prostitutes, pre-orgasmic women... they all had a piece of something I could hold on to, and all their so-called "lascivious" ways, as the DVD description so eloquently called it, were things that made them them, unique, beautiful and human. I went in expecting a movie about sex, and got it but so much more. I laughed until my sides hurt. I cried until my eyes hurt. And I felt like maybe somewhere there could be somewhere that I belonged... which was such a gift. And it reminds me, in a fabulous way, that all people are people and have hopes, desires, fears and hang-ups... and that its okay for them, just like it is for me. Bravo, kudos, thanks and so much more to John Cameron Mitchell for... everything.
Eria More than 1 year ago
Not like any movie you have ever seen. The actors are amazing in this film. Every character shares a unique characteristic with the viewer-regardless of sexual orientation, political views, age, religion, etc. Point is, they share a part of you--a fear, an emotion, a conflict; whatever it may be, this movie points it out and shows you, you are not alone.
Bella_Quileute More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful film. The frank and real sex is erotic, touching, and funny. I wish more films handled sex in this realistic way. The characters are real and endearing. There are scenes of poignancy and great sorrow, as well as great humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this film because it is controversial and I wanted to see what the controversy was all about. This is not a great film. I get the feeling the producers were thinking, "Let's see how much graphic sex we can include in a "mainstream" film and get away with it." The actors are much better looking than those in standard porn, and can actually act. The plot is non-existent. The majority of the film is a group of mostly male actors having sex with each other and not taking themselves very seriously, thank god. Art? No way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago