In 2002, Josh Austin and I were just finishing up our film Only In America, and already I was plotting our next move. We had such a terrific time making this film, I was dying to do the next one. What occurred to me was that we needed to shoot a film that would get us noticed in the film world. Neither of us were known in the industry, and we weren't particularly good storytellers at the time. We needed a breakout idea.
Historical Side Note:
In 1996, I was attempting to get sober, and I cast off to San Francisco in my van from New York City. When I arrived in San Francisco, I lived in my van for around a month. I got a job in a cabaret in the Castro called Josie's, a legendary gay theatre owned by Ron Lanza. One of my jobs at Josie's was to take care of the talent and set up the main room for shows. During my time at Josie's, I had the good fortune to be John Epperson's assistant, aka Lypsynka, the legendary drag performer and actor. We spent hours talking about our love lives, art, and bullshit as I helped John do Pilates for his warm-up routine before the shows. It was during this particular show, "Lypsynka Must Die", that I first encountered Rudy Ray Moore. John had cleverly used a few of Rudy's party records as samples he lip synced. I was shocked at the raw explicit nature of those clips, and it made a huge impression on me at age 22.
Fast forward 6 years.
The editors of Only In America happened to be working on Rudy Ray Moore's website. We talked about Rudy's career and his legacy one night, when an idea came to mind. I began to educate myself on all things Rudy Ray Moore and a few weeks later, in a fit of obsession, I managed to convince Josh that shooting a biopic on Rudy would be a perfect idea. The rest of the story is in my interview to the right. As can be seen, there is no boipic to speak of yet, buy this was one of the best experiences I was fortunate enough to have.