Outrageous! - The Tribeca Film Festival Wrap-up 2009

Lower Manhattan's famed film festival welcomed campy, innovative, and thoughtful films alike.

BY Lawrence Ferber

May 10 2009 11:00 PM ET

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Musto joked that the Boys film was director William Friedkin's "dry run for The Exorcist ." Kressley mused that an all-women's version could take place at a womyn's music festival. And Luckinbill shared numerous anecdotes about the play's impact on its audience, as well as an unused scene shot for the film in which Hank and Larry cuddle in a bedroom.

Robey encouraged feedback and suggestions from the audience since the film is still a work-in-progress, and asked whether anyone knows of the whereabouts of Reuben Greene, the actor who played Bernard -- and third surviving member of the original cast -- as they would love to include him in the film. To complement Making the Boys , Tribeca presented a free screening of TheBoys in the Band.

Another queer icon from the past made a return to Manhattan in An Englishman in New York . A sequel to The Naked Civil Servant , Englishman sees actor John Hurt reprise his role as the 70-something U.K. expat dandy Quentin Crisp, whose rise to New York celebrity and popularity were bungled by a few ill-advised quips too many (like dismissively calling AIDS "a fad, nothing more"). It's a funny yet poignant work, boasting memorable turns by Jonathan Tucker as a tortured, lonely gay artist, Denis O'Hare as Crisp's friend and editor, Cynthia Nixon as New York City performance artist Penny Arcade, and Swoosie Kurtz as Crisp's agent, Connie Clausen.

The stars and director Richard Laxton were present at an amfAR champagne reception for the film. Tucker, who once graced the cover of The Advocate with Tilda Swinton in a dramatic pietà-style pose ("It was Tilda's idea to do the pietà shot," he recalled. "I thought it went well with the article."), gushed kudos about working with Hurt. "He's one of the most generous actors," he said. In the film, their characters learn lessons in friendship and humanity from each other, and life imitated art in this case as Tucker learned a few things from Hurt while working together, especially when it comes to being judgmental. "Both Quentin and John don't judge people."

At the party, Laxton and Hurt reminisced about their favorite Crisp-isms, including a line he once said at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting: "It doesn't matter how much you drink -- never be anonymous!" In addition to musing about the possibility of a musical spin-off ( Quentin: The Second Coming ) and sharing memories of the shoot, Hurt recounted his first gay role as "a young man who gets picked up in the underground" in the 1964 play Inadmissible Evidence .

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