DAVID DRAKE'S WE PEDAL UPHILL
David Drake first rose to prominence in the NYC theater community with his self-penned THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME, which went on to become a film--even a Spanish version! Since then, In he mid/late 90's--brain cells gone--I had the pleasure of working with him in an insane film called PEORIA BABYLON which went straight to video and which isn't, unlike his role in PHLADELPHIA, even listed on his Wikipedia page of film credits! (It ain't on my bio neither!) I know never watched PEORIA because they didn't let me do my own make-up, but David and I grew extra close because he sensed that I was out of my element and did everything he could to comfort and assist me, including lacing my corset each day before shooting. And at lunch breaks. And dinner breaks. (At that time I was working that punishing custom Mr. Pearl heavily-boned corset that I could barely breathe in, much less eat!)
I don't see David as often as I'd like to, but sweet and handsome and talented as hell, but he's like NYC's many foreign films and art exhibitions: I don't always get to see him/them, but it comforts me greatly to know that they are there. This definitely seems like worth checking out. Here's David's press release for his new film:
Just a head's up that -- after two years in the making -- my movie WE PEDAL UPHILL is finally making its world premiere this month on Friday, March 20th at NY's Cinema Village (22 E. 12th Street).
Like a Robert Altman movie, WE PEDAL UPHILL is director/writer Roland Tec's ambitious and politically-driven patchwork of a film that tells 13 diverse stories from 13 of our diverse United States of America. Mine is Florida. I play a Disney World employee who picks up a traveling businessman in a bar who 's into meth. Back at the hotel things get sexy, awkward, personal. And painful. I was blessed to have Stephen Bienskie as my scene partner. A brilliant actor. In fact the entire movie is packed with great NY-based stage actors: Alvin Epstein, Jenny Bacon, Nat DeWolf, Kate Blumberg, Marylouise Burke... the list goes on.
I hope you'll mark your calendars to attend WE PEDAL UPHILL the opening weekend as the larger the attendance in NY, the better chance this fascinating and complex little indie will have at getting booked into other cities. Indeed I sincerely hope you'll join me and many of the cast members and creators at the film's gala opening night on March 20th!
See ya at the movies...
PS: For more info, check out my new website: DAVIDDRAKEPRODUCTIONS.
HERE'S THE TRAILER:
PS: David was a child actor like me. I was a child dancer too, once appearing with the National Ballet's production of CINDERELLA in the tiny role of crown-bearer. This photo isn't from that production, but look at this nelly fag below. It's me! That's why I always claim that I was never really in the closet! And never was too good at tucking, either! My mom just sent me this--I'm still wearing that same silhouette of long, pouffy-sleeved mini after all these years!