October 24, Los Angeles, California – From Impulse Group and designer/writer John Saint-Denis comes a new educational and artistic short film called “Falling.” From the same team that brought you the widely acclaimed shorts “Knowing” and “Open,” comes another portrayal of life as a young gay man. This time we touch on the problem of crystal meth use and the fracturing of relationships. We see how in the gay community we can fall in love and sometimes fall apart. This film is thought provoking with a compelling, tender and multifaceted story line that demonstrates the importance of community and the choices we make.
According to recent studies, self-reported rates of methamphetamine use in Los Angeles by gay men have reached levels as high as 53%, and have not fallen below 11% in the past decade. Compared to non-users, users are more likely to report unprotected anal intercourse and/or substance use during sex, both of which have been associated with
increased HIV prevalence and/or transmission risk. As a result, HIV prevalence is significantly higher among gay men who report methamphetamine use.
“I think life for young gay men is often more complex than what we see on the surface,” says Saint-Denis. “Moments when we make choices, good and bad, are part of everyday life. We’ve set out to show those moments without any judgment on the feelings, but with a clear point of view on the dangers we face. Our community gives us the opportunity to get ourselves in deep trouble, yet can also save us from complete destruction. I think simply reminding ourselves to choose love in these moments is what can set us apart.”
Impulse Group’s Michael Eisman once again teamed up with John Saint-Denis, writer Ian Klein, producers Chris Rallo & S.A. Bachman, and cinematographer Mimi Fuenzalida, each known for using artful short films to bring stories to life.
The main characters are played by Christopher Pelletier and Peter Rothbard from “Open,” and newcomer to the series Courtney Grant. Cameo performance by Namir Nasir from both “Knowing” and “Open.” The music is a rendition of Cheap Trick’s “I want you to want me” performed and donated by Chase Holfelder, a young straight artist and LGBT advocate who is quickly becoming a YouTube sensation.
Saint-Denis, Klein, Feunzalida and Rallo are also known for their documentary shorts, STATUS and the short film series following the character of Paolo, played by Peter Calandra in Il Palazzo and The Paris Flat.