The Dead Boys’ Club

1992 | AIDS/HIV / Coming Out / Health/Medicine / Relationships | 25m | USA
Directors: Mark Christopher

The Dead Boys’ Club is the story of a young man in a world haunted by the absence of an entire generation of men that have gone before him. It’s a generation that he should have known but, because of AIDS, is one that he can only imagine in this seminal 1992 short film by Mark Christopher ( 54, 54: Director’s Cut ).

Awkward and shy, Toby is visiting his New York cousin Packard, who gives him a pair of shoes previously owned by his recently deceased lover. When Toby dons the shoes, he is transported to the pre-AIDS 1970s world of promiscuity, hot guys, and glitter balls. The Dead Boys’ Club is an evocative, sexy, and humorous exploration of a young man’s coming out, and an homage to the generation that paved the way—some with their lives—before him.

Reviews and Awards

First Prize, New Line Cinema’s Short Film Award

Bronze Award, Best Short, Houston International Film Festival

Best Short, San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Seattle Golden Space Needle Award, Seattle Film Festival

“Desire fills the engaging heart of Mark Christopher’s The Dead Boys’ Club … it tracks the coming into queer identity of a young man adrift in the age of AIDS.”— Manohla Dargis, Village Voice

“ … a wonderfully imaginative comedy distinguished by fine performances and a deft directorial touch.” — New York Press