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Buddies

BUDDIES

Special 2k restoration screening! (Texas Premiere)

Tickets: $12

Wed. August 15 at 7:30pm at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. created this gay indie masterpiece in 1985 after more than a decade of making gay adult films. When 25 year-old gay yuppie David (David Schachter) volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient, the gay community center assigns him to Robert (Geoff Edholm), a 32 year-old politically impassioned gay California gardener abandoned by his friends and lovers. Revolving around the confines of Robert’s Manhattan hospital room, Bressan skillfully unfolds this devastating two-hander (the rest of the cast is only heard off-screen). As David gazes out at the piers and rooftops of Manhattan, we hear his deftly scripted diary entries in voiceover. And as David is changed by knowing Robert, so too are we. In the simplicity of the story and the elegance of its unfolding, Buddies achieves a rare perfection. It’s a timeless portrayal of an entire era in gay history.

The first feature-length drama about AIDS, Buddies has long been unavailable. Five days later after its premiere in San Francisco, on September 17th 1985, President Ronald Reagan finally uttered the word “AIDS” in public for the first time. Sadly, Bressan and actor Geoff Edholm both died of AIDS, in 1987 and 1989 respectively. Buddiesco-star David Schachter is alive and well in New York City. 

Dir. Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. 1985 , USA, 81 min, DCP