Andrew Blubaugh’s affair with an older man left long-lasting marks on his life and relationships. Now a filmmaker, Blubaugh tries to make sense of that relationship by juxtaposing art and real life — with fascinating results. A truly “meta” look at a tale of a teenaged boy and his older lover, The Adults In The Room is no ordinary narrative. Interspersed with a superbly-acted story that is based on his real-life relationship fifteen years ago, we also see a documentary about the filmmaker’s process of making the film.
As we watch the tale of a sexual relationship between a young Andy and a man twice his age unfold, the filmmaker uncovers feelings of unfinished business as he unearths deep insecurities and discovers past hurts long submerged. In this bravely unvarnished look at his past, Blubaugh brings his story to life through his actors while taking the audience through the creative process taking place when an artist mines his past for material. As the relationship unfolds, the film poses larger questions about a relationship that had a significant age difference and who is ultimately responsible for each person’s well-being.
Interviews with school counselors, conversations with Blubaugh’s friends and a discussion with sex columnist Dan Savage round out this fascinating genre-bending, introspective look at what goes into creating such an honest, personal and heartfelt film. –Frameline
Over the course of eight years and four award-winning short films, Andy Blubaugh has emerged as an insightful and innovative storyteller. Whether showcasing the unintentional hilarity of the dating world through personal ads, or exposing the injustice of mandatory minimum sentencing, Blubaugh has developed a unique style of filmmaking, connecting the events of his own life to a greater human experience. Blubaugh’s compelling perspectives led the editors of Filmmaker magazine to name him one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” that are reshaping the medium. His work has been screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide, including the Sundance, Margaret Meade, Edinburgh, and Seattle International Film Festivals, as well as queer film festivals in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Turin. His films have also been showcased on the PBS program P.O.V. and the LOGO Television Network’s The Short List. Blubaugh is a recipient of the prestigious Media Arts Fellowship established… read more