Friday Morning Man: Paul W. Seibert!
When I bumped into Paul W. Seibert in Palm Springs last Friday night at an after-party for Cinema Diverse, I had no idea he would be in one of my favorite scenes of any movie this year.
The next night, his film Turtle Hill, Brooklyn, screened during the third night of this wonderful Gay & Lesbian film festival. In it, his character is celebrating his 30th birthday with a tight-knit group of liberal friends. Someone has brought a guy as a guest who happens to be a Log Cabin Republican. Paul’s character is having none of it and ends up giving the guy a piece of his mind in a withering takedown so thorough that I wouldn’t have been surprised if the guy changed party affiliations right there and then!
The words came very easily out of Paul’s mouth because he wrote the movie’s script with his real-life partner Ricardo Valdez who plays his boyfriend in the film.
The movie, which is so good, takes place on Paul’s character’s 30th birthday and was actually filmed at Paul and Ricardo’s Brooklyn home. Paul told me after the screening that the movie was inspired by the annual birthday parties he has with their group of friends.
In the movie, a mix of male, female, gay and straight friends have animated conversations about politics, gay rights, pot laws, long distance marriages, aging and ethnic discrimination. As the party progresses, the alcohol flows, and the piñata isn’t the only thing that gets punched. It is also revealed that both Will and boyfriend Mateo may have some secrets that threaten their relationship.
Below is the movie’s trailer and here is a LINK to its Facebook page so you can keep up with where the movie can be seen. I really hope it gets some distribution because everyone should get the chance to see it!