Nearly unseeable since its festival run in 2000, Patrik-Ian Polk’s debut chronicles the everyday dramas of four single, Black gay men in West Hollywood in search of Mr. Right.
When a hunky new neighbor moves to the neighborhood, underlying tensions threaten to throw their tight-knit friendship into disarray. With its refreshingly real takes on sex, dating, friendship, breaking up, and making up — and show-stopping drag numbers to the immortal music of Sister Sledge — this funny, flirtatious, and heartfelt rom-com continues to surprise, while remaining far ahead of its time. Presenting Black queerness in ways that had yet to be seen in pop culture, Punks is a historic film finally making its return.
Screening from the filmmaker’s personal print.