In 1987, Eddie and Mitch moved into a low-rent apartment in San Francisco where, through paper-thin walls, they were informally introduced to their middle-aged alcoholic neighbors, Raymond (a raging homophobe) and Peter (a flamboyant gay man). For 18 months, they hung a microphone from their kitchen window to chronicle the bizarre relationship between their borderline-insane neighbors, accidentally creating one of the world's first "viral" counter-culture sensations on the underground tape market. Revisiting these events through interviews and reenactments with the key players in the phenomenon's development, director Matthew Bate has concocted a darkly comic exploration into the blurred boundaries between art and exploitation.
- Matthew Bate
- Eddie Lee Sausage, Mitchell D, Raymond Huffman, Peter Haskett, Tony Newton, Daniel Clowes, Ivan Brunetti, Henry S. Rosenthal, Mike Mithchell, Gregg Gibbs, Mark Gunderson
Makes the "Shut Up" phenomenon feel as if it meant something, unlike the here-this-morning, gone-this-afternoon viral sensations of today.Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 09.15.2011
Alternately hilarious and discomfiting, and finally rather poignant.Dennis Harvey, Variety, 08.23.2011
Goes from funny to not funny in about the length of time it takes for the lawyers to get involved.Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 09.15.2011
The tapes are great. More than just a flophouse Punch and Judy show, the Raymond vs. Peter dustups elevate cruel bickering to a ritual through which we live life's pain.Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 09.13.2011