Monday, June 19, 1:30 p.m., Castro Theatre
|Prom King, 2010|
Charlie (pictured, left; played by writer-director Christopher Schaap) is a twenty-turning-twenty-one year old New York City college student. He isn’t struggling with coming out, but rather with looking for the sort of fairy-tale romance he has been promised by Hollywood movies. He has close friendships and he has sexual connections, but struggles to find both in the same relationship.
You may be shocked to find out that the fresh-faced ingénu in the lead role also wrote and directed this sharp comedy (which, it should be noted, is only partially autobiographical). Besides that, the ticket sales for this one screening rivaled the budget for making the film. The characters are whole people, the dialogue is both witty and authentic, and there is some genuine emotional sincerity in with the humor. This film would be a success for a seasoned movie-making veteran, but for a first-time filmmaker, it is truly a standout. Definitely a MUST SEE.
Note: the director’s last name is pronounced more like skap than shap or shop, or if you want to be old-world authentic, the ch is more or less as in loch.