After Louie is an upcoming feature-length narrative film by lifelong activist and artist, Vincent Gagliostro who has been sited by New York Magazine as one of the six most influential players in the gay community during the 80s and 90s AIDS crisis.

The film, starring Alan Cumming, is currently crowdfunding through a Kickstarter, through June 2nd. After Louie explores the contradictions of modern gay life and history through Sam (ALAN CUMMING), a man desperate to understand how he and his community got to where they are today. Co-written by NYC writer and actor, Anthony Johnston, the project is currently immersed in a crowd-funding campaign with Kickstarter where it offers rewards including script consultations, film premiere tickets, artwork by Alan Cumming and more.

Also featured in the film are Justin Vivian Bond (Shortbus, Kiki and Herb: Live at the Knitting Factory), Zachary Booth (Damages), David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me), and NYC icon, Joey Arias.

Many important figure-heads in the NYC artistic community are speaking up for this film, including author and playwright, Larry Kramer who says “this movie needs to be made,” and Towleroad who poses the question, “is ‘After Louie’ the next great gay film?” Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Michael Cunningham said:

“Vincent Gagliostro is not only enourmously gifted, he’s also been a radical, fearless and compassionate voice for decades, speaking for countless people whose stories would otherwise go undeard.”

After Louie explores the contradictions of modern gay life and history through Sam (ALAN CUMMING), a man desperate to understand how he and his community got to where they are today.

As an AIDS activist and member of ACT UP in the 1980s and 90s, Sam witnessed the deaths of too many friends and lovers. Battle-wounded and struggling with survivor’s guilt, Sam now resents the complacency of his former comrades and derides what he sees as the younger generation’s indifference to the politics of sex, and of death.

An unexpected intimacy with a much younger man, Braeden (ZACHARY BOOTH), challenges Sam’s understanding of contemporary gay life. Through this unconventional romance, he is forced to deal with the trauma that so informs his past, their present, and an unknown future.

“My film After Louie is a portrait of what happened to us — the generation who endured the AIDS epidemic, a generation whose shared history continues to haunt us,” said Vincent Wm. Gagliostro. "In confronting the end of a traumatic era and provoking a conversation between generations, I dare us to dream of a new and vibrant future, again.

“After Louie will be a testament to the joys of the fully lived life and the inseparability of art and living.”

To find out more, or pledge to the Kickstarter campaign, click here.

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