Sell By is a star-studded film about the lives (and loves) of career-driven pals in NYC that shows this weekend at Outfest. Adam (Scott Evans) and Marklin (Augustus Prew) have been together for five years.
Adam wants to make a name for himself in the visual art world, he’s settled for a “ghost painting” gig with established artist Ravella Brewer (Patricia Clarkson) who passes his work off as hers.
Meanwhile, Marklin has shot to internet fame as an Instagram influencer and has outpaced his boyfriend’s modest salary through sponsors and partnership deals.
But SPOILER ALERT, Marklin is dealing with a secret. (He’s been caring for a dying ex-partner.)
The film is writer-director Mike Doyle’s debut feature. He says
“There have been so many great films about coming out [and] battling adversity. I wanted to make a film that presupposed all of that and simply showed a gay couple in a relationship with one another.”
Doyle, who is gay, insisted on having out leads.
Both Scott Evans ― the brother of Captain America star Chris Evans ― and Augustus Prew have drawn from their authentic selves numerous times in their onscreen work.
“I gravitate toward films that don’t spoon-feed everything to the audience [and] feel like giant puzzles with a patchwork of different voices, conflicts and desires. I’ve written a film that has a lot of talking, but I’ve intentionally left enough holes so that the audience can fill in some of the blanks on their own.
My hope is that the audience feels like they are the eighth friend in this friend circle.”
Sell By screens the weekend at Outfest in LA on July 20 and 21.
(Photo Mike Doyle; via HuffPo)