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AFI FEST 2009: Phone Sex Gets EASIER WITH PRACTICE

Brian Geraghty in Easier with Practice
Brian Geraghty in Easier with Practice

Kyle Patrick Alvarez's feature-film debut Easier with Practice, CineVegas Grand Jury Award winner and Best International Feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival, will screen at the AFI FEST 2009 on Wed., November 4, at 10 p.m.

Easier with Practice tells the story of a writer (Brian Geraghty of The Hurt Locker) who, in a desperate attempt to promote his still-unpublished novel, hits the road with his younger brother (Kel O'Neill) on a self-planned book tour. Things don't go very well at first, but when out of the blue a sexy female voice calls the writer at his ordinary motel room – to ask what he's wearing, no less – everything changes. The phoning couple eventually move from voice-induced masturbation to emotional intimacy, but complications arise when the writer decides he wants to match face to voice.

Also in the Easier with Practice cast: Marguerite Moreau, Jeanette Brox, Jenna Gavigan, Katie Aselton.

Brian Geraghty, Kel O'Neill in Easier with Practice

A former assistant to Warren Beatty, Alvarez, 26, decided on the topic for his first film after reading Davy Rothbart's article “What are you wearing?” in the August 2006 issue of GQ magazine.

Here's Kyle Patrick Alvarez as quoted in the film's press release:

“What ultimately inspired me was the possibility to make a film that dealt frankly and honestly with a man's complicated sexuality. When I say sexuality I mean something far more personal even than gender preference, rather comfortability with one's self. I think the male ego is a tricky thing and one that is normally dealt with superficially in modern media. In general, men are not portrayed as emotionally weak or uncertain, especially in regards to their sexuality. I thought this story would be an opportunity to have a lead male character who had a lot of fears of maturing, especially when thrown into situations that are sexually threatening to him …

“I was also excited about making a movie that featured its lead character in every frame of the film. I knew the film would require a sincerity and delicate pace; I had to allow the audience to commit wholly to Davy's experience, and not be able to see beyond that, in order for the conclusion to be satisfying in what is essentially a one-sided love story. …

“In the Web 2.0 era, technology has so quickly changed the way people interact. Even 6 years ago the thought of meeting someone on the Internet concerned people, nowadays it's common practice. While Davy's relationship with Nicole doesn't involve the Internet, I had those intense web-based relationships in mind when I started writing the script. … Ultimately, my intention was to make a film that challenged people's perceptions about intimacy and sexuality without ever being confrontational or didactic.”

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  1. adamant

    In my opinion, an even more striking debut than Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amores Perros .