“Lazy Eye”: two middle aged gay men reunite in CA 15 years after their pre-9/11 relationship in NYC


Name: Lazy Eye
Director, writer:  Tim Kirkman  (art direction: Frances Lynn-Hernandez)
Released:  2016
Format:  2.39:1
When and how viewed:  Screener from distributor; available 2016/11/15 with Director’s Cut; Theatrical release is 11/11/2016
Length 88
Rating NA
Companies: Breaking Glass Pictures (distr.), T42 (production); at Outfest, Out Here Now KCMO, qPflix (Philadelphia), CinemaQ (Denver); world premier was at Provincetown 2016/6/17
Link: official

Lazy Eye” (2016), directed and written by Tim Kirkman,  and produced by Todd Shotz (“Timber Falls”), starts out with its protagonist, Dean (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) hidden by an ophthalmologist’s machine.  Soon the doctor explains his amblyopia.  Dean sees this as a threat to his career as a successful Hollywood graphic designer.

Then, at home Los Angeles, alone because his husband is out in the field working, he gets an email from a long lost “ghost” boyfriend from New York fifteen years earlier, Alex (Aaron Costa Ganis).  Alex drives out alone to a second home in a spectacular desert area near Joshua Tree in the Mojave.  Soon Alex shows up, and they spend the weekend together, catching up, and sometimes fighting.

The analyze one of their favorite films from the past, “Harold and Maude” (1971, Hal Ashby), which I remember seeing in a dollar house near Baily’s Crossroads then. They they get into why Alex went dark on the Internet, without much explanation.

Actually, that might have happened to me around 2005 or so had I become a regular teacher (I took a stab at this whole conflict of interest problem on my legacy blog back around 2000, here  or here )   In fact, I have another friend now who prefers to remain dark, so I just wait.

Dean had moved to California just before 9/11, but after they broke up.  But Alex had also been concerned that Alex could have been in one of the WTC towers on 9/11.


The film has some flashbacks of how the met in New York, and at one time Alex thought he would “support” Dean working on Wall Street so Dean could focus on becoming an artist. I’ve been challenged as to whether I would be game for that (one particular time at the Ninth Street Center in the 70s).

They also have a conversation, about the idea that the only way to prove you’re a grown-up is to have and raise kids, and be ready to “step up” for someone else’s needs.  I use the word “Step Up” in my own DADT-III book epilogue.  Of course, some people feel they step up to meet a pet’s needs.

The idea of meeting someone after moderate aging is interesting.  Both men would be about 40 now, starting middle age, and just barely show it.  But the wonders of the past may have settled into reality.

The tone of the film reminds me of Louis Malle’s “My Dinner with Andre” (1981).  The tone of the film, with the reaching into the mysteries of the past, reminds one a bit of the work of Jorge Ameer.

(Posted: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at 10:45 PM EDT)