Turtle Hill, Brooklyn.
A Will Pork Prods. and Believe Limited production. Produced by Brian W. Seibert, Ricardo Valdez, Holly Lynn Ellis, Ryan Gielen. Executive producers, Seibert, Valdez, Gielen.
Directed by Ryan Gielen. Screenplay, Brian W. Seibert, Ricardo Valdez. Reviewed at NewFest, New York, July 24, 2011. Running time: 74 MIN.
With: Brian W. Seibert, Ricardo Valdez, Deirdre MacNamara, Ariel Bonilla, Rachel Valdati, Michael Edmund, Maryll Botula, Jeanne Slater, Joie Bauer, Holly Lynn Ellis, Josh Marcantel, Nate Dendy, Krista Kujat.
A bunch of assorted friends--male and female, gay and straight, American and Hispanic--drop by a Brooklyn house to wish its owner a happy 30th birthday in Ryan Gielen's engaging, well-scripted, dynamically shot no-budgeter "Turtle Hill, Brooklyn." Like Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cummings "The Anniversary Party," but less psychologically layered, pic is structured around the joys and tensions of its central couple: birthday boy Will (writer-producer Brian W. Seibert) and his live-in Latino lover Mateo (writer-producer Ricardo Valdez). Audience award winner at NewFest could score within and beyond gay-targeted venues with further lest exposure.