Charlie takes an odyssey through grief during a fall weekend in New York City. His encounters are planned and chance: with a homeless man who sleeps by his building, with a friend who’s dying, with the couple who lives (and noisily loves) in the flat above him, with a bartender and a one-night-stand he follows home, and with a tattooed stranger whom he seeks out and befriends. Along the way, Charlie inhabits a city full of moments of violence and of stories and legends: a kidney thief, a microwaved poodle, a rat in a hot dog bun, a baby left on a car top, a tourist’s toothbrush, needles in public-phone change slots. Charlie lives and tells his own stories. What caused his melancholy?
Paige plays Cassandra, a hard-nosed businesswoman.
TRIVIA & FACTS
- Based on the play “Urban Folk Tales”.
- Played several festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, and a number of LGBT film festivals.
- It was named “One of the Year’s Best Films” in over 35 publications including the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
It has a total of 5 wins and 4 nominations, including:
- L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award, Outstanding American Narrative Feature (winner) – 2000
- Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Prize, Best Feature (winner) – 2000
- Provincetown International Film Festival Audience Award Best Feature (winner) – 2000
- San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Best First Feature (winner) – 2000
- Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award, Best Actor, Dan Futterman (winner) – 2000
- Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic (nominated) – 2000
- GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Film (Limited Release) (nominated) – 2001