Lucky Bastard

Synopsis: Rusty is a successful, respected and attractive restoration architect. He's also gay. With his lover Daniel away on a business trip, and his business partner Garrett making a couple professional missteps, Rusty finds himself taking in Denny, a meth-addicted, HIV-positive transient who soon starts leading Rusty around. Is this love, lust, or a new restoration project for Rusty? Rusty himself isn't certain.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Everett Lewis
Production: Breaking Glass Pictures
87 min

[somber piano music]

[birds chirping]

[somber piano music]



I'm leaving.

Okay, I'll drive you to the


No, no, no, I called a cab.

I thought you said you

wanted me to drive you...

No, I changed my mind.

But didn't you say....



I want you to think about

what I said last night.

You know what I want.

[phone ringing]

Thanks, thanks, I'll be right


I can't think right now.


Hey, you know I love you.

You're going to have to think

about that sometime.

Sometime is coming up.

Happy birthday.

Oh man, hey wait.

Thanks for remembering.


I like the new chair.

Yeah, it's good.

It's much more visual than

the last one.

Think so?


Not very

comfortable though.

Yeah, visually it didn't work with

the cushions.

Looks great, sucks to sit on.

I'm representing the firm

for the Athens job,

Charlie told me that I might have to meet

with Bob at the architectural site,

they need expertise on the

architectural structural system

so I might be a little

longer than usual.

If I go to Sydney I'll give

you a call okay?

Let you know when

I'm coming back.


We'll talk when I

get back, okay?

But Rusty I'm really, really

tired of living in a hotel.

It's the Tropical!

Janice Joplin died here;

it's like the hottest hotel in Hollywood.

Yes, but I want something

more permanent.

Say hi to Bob for me.


This one is May 1936.

Well that's good,

but not good enough.

Has to be 1935

and July please.

I've got it, June 1935.


June's good, I

could approve June.

It's a month before

the house was finished.

Let's see.

Color is good!

Design is good,

texture is good...

uh, oh, what's this?


Do you see it?

Look, there's a crack.



Keep looking.

You can't even see it!

Garret it has to

be perfect, okay,

you can't put your name on

something unless it's absolutely

perfect, we just have to

keep looking that's all.

Rusty I need a minute.

Sorry, still looking.

Rusty, we'll find a sink okay,

can we have a minute please?

How are we supposed to

find a sink if we're talking?

This is serious.

I got a call from the

Howell's last night.


They're not upset

about the house I hope.

The house is perfect, they can

not be upset about the house.

They love your work.


And that's the thing, they

want you to design a house

for their daughter.

Did they find another

Frank Lloyd Wright to restore?

No, they want you to design this

one from the ground up and I

told them it's the chance

you've been waiting for.

They're nightmare

clients, nightmare clients.

I thought I was going to have a

nervous breakdown in the last

house I did for them.

You think you're going to have

a nervous breakdown on every

project we do.

What about the noitra, I mean

I've spent three years of my

life on this project.

You said I should put my

whole life into this project.

Rusty listen to me, I think that

we need to get you moving past

the (inaudible)

restorations, okay,

I mean people are starting to

think that that's all you do.

I got a call from a Russian

magazine last week

about your last restoration.

Magazine, Russia?

Yeah, Russia and I think

they want to do an interview.

Russian magazine?

Rusty I don't think

it's a good idea,

I think it will only perpetuate

the whole restoration thing and

not showcase your

design work.

Should I do an

interview in the magazine?

Rusty the point is even people

in Siberia only think that you

do restorations, okay.

I mean you need to break

out, make some other kind of

statement, move

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Everett Lewis

Everett Lewis is an American independent filmmaker whose directorial credits include: The Natural History of Parking Lots (Sundance 1990), An Ambush of Ghosts (Sundance 1992), Skin & Bone (Toronto 1994), Luster (Outfest 2000), FAQs (Philadelphia 2002), Lucky Bastard (Outfest 2008), The Pretty Boys (2011), Somefarwhere (2011, premiered at the Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Cheries Cherie), and Territory (2016). Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California. He has served on the faculty or as a guest lecturer of a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Chapman College and Long Beach City College. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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