“The Benefits of Gusbandry” Binge Screening + Q&A with Filmmaker Alicia J. Rose.
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”. Inspired by real-life relationships with creator Alicia J. Rose’s “Gusbands” (a.k.a: gay best friends), The Benefits of Gusbandry brings to life 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, finding true love in a most unexpectedly platonic way.
The first three episodes of season 2 offer a new, politically charged 3 episode arc, where 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 from Portland, Oregon.
The first season of The Benefits of Gusbandry toured the festival circuit in 2015-2016 culminating in being selected as a finalist in the Austin Film Festivals “Digital Series Competition.” The series received wide acclaim from press outlets like The New York Times, A/V Club, Out, PASTE – even landing on the “Must List” of Entertainment Weekly.
Season One of The Benefits of Gusbandry showing in full + the Portland premiere of the first 3 Episodes of Season 2! In a politically charged NEW 3 episode arc, the world 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 that culminates in a trip to Planned Parenthood!
Director: Alicia J. Rose + cast/crew members in attendance
3 spankin' new episodes of The Benefits of Gusbandry will premiere at Seattle's fabulous Local Sightings Film Festival as part of the "Gems of the Web" series screening Friday September 29, 2017! Click link above for tickets. Portland screening tentatively 11/3 (more info soon). Online premiere 11/7!!