A Lower Power (2009)
Director: Robert O'Geen
Writers: Tim Bland
Duration: 98 min
Stars: Mathew Lotto, William McMichael, Terri J. Freedman,Rafe Morgan Kossak, Adrian Anchondo
The home of latter-day hippies Hank (DONALD JOSEPH) and Stormy (GIGI GUIZADO) is a nest that a young man named Thibodeaux (MATHEW LOTTO) can’t wait to leave. But what this young man thinks he wants collides with the hard reality of desire in the idiosyncratic, unrepentantly sexual comedy-drama A LOWER POWER — a gay coming-of-age story where the coming of age isn’t about being gay.
When neither the geeky, introverted sanity of his friend Steve (RAFE MORGAN KOSSAK) nor the advice of torturously heterosexual stud buddy Mas (ADRIAN ANCHONDO) provide an easy answer, Thibodeaux sets off on his own to college, where he hangs with bubbly Emmy (TERRI J. FREEDMAN) and seeks a sexless social life. But Thibodeaux’s chastity strategies meet their match in Todd (J. WILLIAM MCMICHAEL), a cocksure biker and Old English scholar who teaches Thibodeaux the power of passion.
Even as Todd unleashes Thibodeaux’s appetites and old friends come back into his life in surprising ways, Thibodeaux’srepressive reflexes connect sex to misfortune and humiliation, until his contorted logic drives away his friends and the mythic man of his dreams.
Propelled by a muscular original score by H.P. MENDOZA (Fruit Fly and Colma: The Musical), A LOWER POWER touches on questions of faith and the nature of luck as it tracks Thibodeaux’s tunnel vision to a (literally) climactic revelation that his urges aren’t nearly as dangerous as denying them.
A LOWER POWER is the debut feature-length film directed by ROBERT O’GEEN, from an original screenplay by TIM BLAND. DANA CORYproduced, with O’Geen and Bland as executive producers/producers and MATTHEW BRIDGES as associate producer. Shot in 1080i high-definition video by JAMES J. YI and edited by O’Geen, the film is a production of San Francisco-based Hidden Deadly.
- Director: Robert O'Geen
- Writers:Tim Bland
- Actors:ThibodeauxMathew LottoTodd (as J. William McMichael)William McMichaelEmmyTerri J. FreedmanSteveRafe Morgan KossakMasAdrian AnchondoHankDonald JosephStormyGigi GuizadoCortezAdrian EmmanuelGaryMatthew BridgesDonnaRamona Schwarz
Thibodeaux, a young gay San Franciscan, yearns to reject his parents' hedonistic ways. But when his emerging sexual desires repeatedly get the better of him, he conjures up twisted, self-repressive rationalizations that threaten to drive away his friends and the hunky, mythic man of his dreams.- Written by Bland, Tim
- Rating: (34 votes)