Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Wanted: 2,000 Men: Noam Gonick Talks about His Outrageous Film Hey, Happy! in Which a Wild Sex Quest and a Rolling Porn Wagon Lead to Love

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Wanted: 2,000 Men: Noam Gonick Talks about His Outrageous Film Hey, Happy! in Which a Wild Sex Quest and a Rolling Porn Wagon Lead to Love

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"One of the deleted scenes is the best barfing shot you'll ever see," filmmaker Noam Gonick says proudly. He's talking about his first feature, 2001's Hey, Happy! which is set to make its DVD debut in October on Strand Releasing Home Video. It's a gay romantic comedy about a young DJ named Sabu (Jeremie Yuen) who works at an open-air porn shop on wheels--and who's also working on his life's mission of having sex with 2,000 different men. Sabu believes that by doing so, he'll bring on an apocalyptic flood, and he has his eyes set on Happy (Craig Aftanis)--a UFO-obsessed virgin--as Mr. 2,000. There's more: Bad guy Spanky (Clayton Godson) and his girl gang of evil hairdressers want to thwart Sabu's sex quest by stealing Happy away and eviscerating him in a gory "wedding" that punches legalized gay marriage in the gut and laughs about it. Then Sabu gets pregnant. Sound fun?

It is, thanks to Gonick's defiantly strange approach to narrative. "I like to think of it as the continued adventures of The Little Rascals," he says. He also deals in visual non sequiturs, visionary Cinema-Scope cinematography, and an approach to directing actors that seems to involve encouraging them to mumble like stoners or scream like wild animals.

Film Threat, the online guide to all kinds of weird movies, accused Gonick of being high while writing the script and likened the film to "seeing photos of yourself at a party doing dumb things," charges to which the 30-year-old Canadian filmmaker and self-described "slut" will only respond, "Oh, don't think that it's not like that for me too. …

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