Pursuit of Gay (Happyness)

2007, 5:08 min, b&w, sound

In this ironically ambivalent period piece, Linzy plays with double entendre and linguistic anachronism as a raunchy blues song by Bernice Edwards plays on the soundtrack. Linzy, decked out like a gangster's moll, makes a confession to his lover: "I am not gay. I've realized my gayness must come from within." The artist suggests that "gayness" and "gaiety" are two sides of the same coin.

Written, directed, and edited by Kalup Linzy. Damsel in distress: Kalup Linzy. Hero: Joshua Seidner. "Butcher Shop Blues" performed by Bernice Edwards. Special thanks: Ellen Altfest.


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