• Papi Chulo

    Directed by J​ohn Butler
    USA | 98 minutes | U.S. Premiere | Queer Cinema Today

Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño deliver revelatory performances in this darkly funny, beautifully empathetic dramedy about the unlikely friendship formed between an emotionally fragile Los Angeles weatherman and the Latino day laborer he pays to be his friend.


January 6, 2019 4:00 PM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Still reeling six months after the end of a relationship, TV weatherman Sean (Matt Bomer) is forced to take a leave from work after suffering an embarrassing, weepy on-air meltdown. Cooped up alone in his beautiful but sterile Hollywood home, Sean is desperate for companionship but comically inept at finding it. When he hires middle-aged, Latino migrant worker Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño) to paint his deck, it isn't long before Sean is treating him as a combination of best friend and therapist. Though Ernesto views Sean's manic desire for connection with trepidation and bemusement at first, he soon starts to understand the deep heartbreak motivating his employer's strange behavior. In spite of the language barrier, the odd pair form a unique bond. Though it never shies away from depicting the disparities in class and privilege that separate its protagonists, Papi Chulo is a stirring tribute to the universal feelings of grief, love, and friendship that unite us all.

film details

Country: USA
Year: 2018
Running Time: 98 minutes
Premiere Status: U.S. Premiere
Director: J​ohn Butler
Producers: Rebecca O'Flanagan, Rob Walpole
Principal Cast: Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño
Primary Company: Blue Fox Entertainment
Cinematographers: Cathal Watters
Editor: John O'Connor
Music: John McPhillips
Screenwriter: John Butler

guests in attendance

Director John Butler will be in attendance January 6.

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