The Advocate's 18 Favorite Films at Outfest 2013
BY Daniel Reynolds Sunnivie Brydum and Diane Anderson-Minshall
July 11 2013 4:00 AM ET
The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On
Saturday, July 13, 9:30 p.m. at DGA2
Monday, July 15, 9:30 p.m. at DGA2
Drew Denny’s first feature film, The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On, debuted at the 2012 Seattle International Film Fest to a packed house — a trend that continued when the film screened at both the Mill Valley and AFI Film Festivals in 2012. The visually stunning, earnest film follows two best friends, played by Denny (as Alex) and Sarah Hagan (as Liv), as they road-trip across the country’s national parks to scatter ashes that actually belonged to Denny’s father. After caring for her formerly estranged father as he succumbed to pancreatic cancer, Denny says the film “was like an exorcism of grief — in front of my friends and a camera.” The title comes from a favorite saying of her late father’s: “Killing someone is the most fun I've ever had with my pants on.”
The film is a heartfelt, fearless leap into autobiographical storytelling by Denny, an out performance artist with an educational pedigree in filmmaking, who grew up in evangelical Texas. Denny now lives in New York, where she’s pursuing several forthcoming projects, including a sophomore feature about two female dancers who fall in love at first touch, another about sexual assault in the military, and a documentary focused on a transgender hairdresser who caters to transmasculine people and butch women "in need of tight fades and community."