It’s been a decade since Ben and Andrew were the bad boys of their college campus. Ben has settled down and found a job, wife, and home. Andrew took the alternate route as a vagabond artist, skipping the globe from Chiapas to Cambodia. When Andrew shows up, unannounced, on Ben’s doorstep, they easily fall back into their old dynamic of heterosexual one-upmanship. After a night of perfunctory carousing, the two find themselves locked in a mutual dare: to enter an amateur porn contest. But what kind of boundary-breaking porn can two dudes make? After the booze and “big talk” run out, only one idea remains—they will have sex together…on camera. It’s not gay; it’s beyond gay. It’s not porn; it’s an art project. But how will it work? And more importantly, who will tell Anna, Ben’s wife? Judging by writer and director Lynn Shelton, it takes a talented woman to unearth the biggest ironies in the male ego. Humpday is a buddy movie gone wild. Shelton expertly mines this clever construct for every possible comedic and irreverent moment. The three lead actors deliver fine-tuned performances amidst postmodern patter and tight, crisp storytelling. Shelton’s command of her craft shines brightest when our two gentlemen finally get down to the task at hand: creating a classic “wriggle in your seat” moment of truth.
--Courtesy of the 2009 Sundance Film FestivalLynn Shelton
After several years of acting for the stage in Seattle and New York, Lynn Shelton attended the MFA program for Photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She then spent a decade as an experimental and documentary filmmaker (The Clouds That Touch Us Out of Clear Skies, The Fruits of our Labors) and as an editor (Outpatient, Hedda Gabler, Measure) before writing and directing her first feature-length film. The result, We Go Way Back, premiered at Slamdance 2006 where it picked up the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography. Shelton’s second feature film, My Effortless Brilliance, premiered in competition at SXSW 2008 and won Shelton a nomination for the 2009 Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” Award. Humpday is Shelton’s third feature.