Fruit Fly (2009)





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A woman searching for her parents goes on an unexpected journey of self-discovery in this comedy drama with music from filmmaker H.P. Mendoza. Bethesda (L.A. Renigen) never knew her mother when she was growing up; she was adopted by a family on the East Coast as a baby and has grown up wanting to know the truth about her birth parents. After a visit to the Philippines in search of her cultural identity, Bethesda has come to San Francisco, where she was born, in search of her mother. Bethesda, who is a performance artist, rents a room in a loft complex in San Francisco's Castro district, where she strikes up a fast friendship with a number of fellow artists living there. While Bethesda finds support and understanding from her new friends, she resents being regarded as a "fag hag," since the lion's share of her new pals are gay. However, as Bethesda is immersed in San Francisco's gay community and art scene, she begins to develop a greater understanding of herself and her identity, which has a powerful impact on her work. Also starring Mike Curtis, E.S. Park, and Theresa Navarro, Fruit Fly includes a handful of musical numbers featuring original songs by writer and director Mendoza; the film won the Audience Award at the 2009 San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival.
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Gay & Lesbian
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L.A. Renigen
as Bethesda
Mike Curtis
as Windham
E.S. Park
as Karen
Christian Cagigal
as Gaz Howard
Don Wood
as Tracy
Michelle Talgarow
as Geraldine
Christina Augello
as Dirty Judy
Casey Ley
as Mike
Sam Roemer
as Greg
Sohr Picart
as Auntie Josephine
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A musical on a threadbare budget, the film gamely reaches for the stars, but is hamstrung by its constraints, not all of which derive from a lack of funds.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Fruit Fly

Amazing musical, very catchy tunes that have you singing from the start. Awesome graphics on the city skyline. One of the best I have seen.

Siri Mouthapong
Siri Mouthapong

There's an infectious energy to this quirky musical that almost balances out its slew of gay stereotypes. But Mendoza's sophomore attempt is not as good as his first -- 'Colma.'

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Some fun songs, and I totally appreciate and am inspired by the ultra low budget bare-strings approach, but the film makers' previous effort, COLMA, is overall much better!

James Townsend
James Townsend

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