2009 | 94 minutes | R | IMDb
Directed by Lynn Shelton
Cinematography by Benjamin Kasulke
Premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
It's been a decade since Ben (Duplass) and Andrew (Leonard) were the bad boys of their college campus. Ben has settled down and found a job, wife, and home. Andrew took the alternate route as a vagabond artist, skipping the globe from Chiapas to Cambodia. When Andrew shows up unannounced on Ben's doorstep, they easily fall back into their old dynamic of macho one-upmanship. Late into the night at a wild party, the two find themselves locked in a mutual dare: to enter an amateur porn contest together. But what kind of boundary-breaking, envelope pushing porn can two straight dudes make? After the booze and 'big talk' run out, only one idea remains - they will have sex together...on camera. It's not gay; it's beyond gay. It's not porn; it's art. But how exactly will it work? And more importantly, who will tell Anna (Delmore), Ben's wife? (Official)
(Cliff Notes from the DVD commentaries): Humpday was shot sequentially over 12 days in Seattle. Scenes had outlines but dialogue was totally improvised. They shot simultaneously with 2 cameras (DP Benjamin Kasulke with one and Director Lynn Shelton with the other) allowing them to edit seamlessly between shots while preserving the improvised interactions. Project arose because Lynn Shelton had met Mark Duplass on Seattle set of "True Adolescents", which Mark was starring in and Lynn was behind-the-scenes photographing.