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Put the Camera on Me (2003)

Director: Darren Stein, Adam Shell
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Documentary, Gay & Lesbian, Film, GLBT, Documentary
Running Time: 65 min.

This title is currently out of print.

Narrative filmmaker Darren Stein teamed up with childhood friend Adam Shell to make the intimate documentary Put the Camera on Me. Using home-video footage, follow-up interviews, and reflective commentary, the film explores the psychological and humorous implications of a child's use of a video camera to express themselves. As a kid in the Southern California suburbs during the early '80s, Stein made more than 100 movies using neighborhood pals as his actors. The homemade amateur movies ranged from horror to war to musicals to erotic dramas, some of which suggested serious adult issues. Put the Camera on Me was screened at the 2003 San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Performance Artists by talltale July 17, 2005 - 4:21 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
PUT THE CAMERA ON ME is pretty much one-of-a-kind; at least, I have not seen anything similar. At first, this documentary appears to be a collection of silly, hard-to-decipher home movies featuring kids who look suspiciously like they're gonna-grow-up-gay. But the more you see, the more interesting it all becomes: the kids then, their adult selves now, and their parents in both time frames.

Co-director (and child "star" here) Darren Stein has also made the not terribly well-recevied "Jawbreakers," so those who enjoy this doc may want to take another look at that "Heathers-like" movie. He clearly had an awareness of things rarely understood by those so young, and his (and his friends) awareness of all this as adults makes the documentary of particular interest, I would imagine, to parents and their children who have already, are now, or will grow up gay. For us older folk, it will be eye-opening and perhaps jog our own memories of times past and "performances" given.

In any case, on the simple level of just watching these kids behave, create and have fun, the movie is often delightful.

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