Love is SO gay. At her debaucherous 40th birthday party, serial relationship-killer Jackie meets handsome and charming thirty-something River. Their ensuing adventures in self-medication, late-blooming, and questionable judgment lead them to discover a raucous new kind of “significant otherness”.
The first season of critically acclaimed web series The Benefits of Gusbandry found a fervent audience in its hometown of Portland and far beyond with its down to earth brand of wild feminist gay humor. Over a half dozen episodes Gusband and Swife Jackie and River found themselves stuck in the bathroom of an A-gay soiree stoned on edibles, in the glory holes of a sex shop, flashing back to their high school "gateway gay" experiences, and much more. In a new, politically charged 3-episode arc for season 2, the world of The Benefits of Gusbandry bursts open to reveal a deeper side of protagonists Jackie and River. Fueled by both current events and personal ones, writers Alicia J. Rose and Courtenay Hameister channel a compelling and hilarious storyline about sexual agency and politics in the era of “outrage fatigue”. Brooke Totman (Jackie) delivers a raw, no holds-barred performance and co-star Kurt Conroyd (River) posits enough charming comic relief as her Gusband River to keep the laughs coming in this freshly funny indie web series right out of Portland.
All 9 episodes of The Benefits of Gusbandry are available to stream via Amazon Prime, Seed & Spark Cinema, VHX and Vimeo On Demand.
From Creator Alicia J. Rose:
Inspired by real-life relationships with my own “Gusbands” (a.k.a: gay best friends), The Benefits of Gusbandry brings to life Jackie and River - two one-of-a-kind characters approaching 40 and follows them as they find something special in one another, navigating the modern world with a no-punches-pulled comedic purview, and finding true love in a most unexpectedly platonic way.
Ever since my first bout of High School heartbreak, I have had Gusbands - a sweet gay man bestie who lets me cry on his shoulder, wreak havoc, take vacations and hide in bed with. There is something magical about the relationship between a woman and a gay man, that any woman with an LTG (long term Gusband) will tell you is ESSENTIAL to her life and general happiness.
As common as Gusbands are in real-life, there is a pitiful amount of contemporary representation in the media. The Benefits of Gusbandry takes advantage of the DIY aspect of the digital series format to deliver a fresh and uncensored comedic take on this relationship through bite-size episodes perfect for binge-watching in traffic, on your phone or in bed while avoiding work.
The spark of inspiration for The Benefits of Gusbandry eluded me until I came under the spell of the Rebel Heart Filmmaking Workshop, a two day intensive led by badass writer/director Diane Bell. On a last minute whim, I enrolled, and by the end of the two days I left with the following things rattling through my brain: DON'T LEAVE PORTLAND, THE STORY IS INSIDE YOU, VULNERABILITY IS EVERYTHING. So, I decided to make something that plumbed a subject matter near and dear to my heart - the relationship between me and my Gusbands. Though I have been prone to serial Gusbandry since High School, its the relationship with my current Guz - Lago that really inspired the series. Our recent "Goneymoon" to Thailand, endless insane nights out on the town, all the amazing meals he cooks for me...maybe it was all those couples massages in Thailand that got me thinking… What started as an Instagram hashtag of pride used on the day we woke at dawn to bask in the sunrise at Angkor Wat - #TheBenefitsofGusbandry inspired the stories I now get to share with you in The Benefits of Gusbandry.