music track – jack phillips presents ready for the weekend #207

film synopsis

Party Train, A middle age man, tries to get over a past lover by having a hedonistic weekend, that turns dark as the drugs kick in.

PNP teaser poster

Party Train is the story of Glenn, a middle aged male who is having a hard time getting over a past lover. He tries to numb the pain by having a party and play weekend with a few online hookups, after the last self impose pandemic lockdown. The reason he picks this weekend, is because it marks, the one year anniversary his lover’s death, Carl.
He been talking to Tim, a younger african american male, who shares his interest of photography and weed. Tim is trying to quit the scene after he lost a close friend, but he needs the money to survive. Tim is hoping for a chill night with Glenn but when Karlos, a pnp ( party and play ) hookup comes over, they clash.
As the night progresses and the drugs start to flow, we learn Glenn true nature. He is having one last hurrah before and he goes down a dark path where there’s no return.

links: Script | IMDB

director’s statement

I have seen the damaging effects on friends and acquaintances first hand. This is a new subgenre of gay men, who enjoy the company of others, only if they are users. Reading the news and hearing personal stories, you see the damage in terms of loss; of work, families and even lives. Today everyone uses hook-up apps to connect, date and have sex. The internet has made it easy for people to abuse and exploit, as others look for companionship. This subculture is thriving domestically and international. Most people, don’t know the horror stories and only see this as something to do on a weekend to escape our mundane lives.

As a filmmaker, I try to do work that not only challenges me, but shows something we haven’t seen before. I try to tell stories that reflect our society and are diverse in nature from social economic, racial and political lines. After reading several domestic and international news stories, I started connecting to the theme to losing someone. It might have been because around this time, I broke up with someone special and lost my dad to old age. The story then took some urgency. I wanted to touch on the theme of losing and letting go.