a film by Christian Hoagland and Ruedi Gerber, short-fiction, b/w 18 min, Switzerland/USA 1991

MIDNIGHT BARBECUE takes place at a birthday party on a single fateful evening. Lenny, the birthday boy, is an insecure young man who has something to prove. After he’s already had too much to drink, his cynical drinking buddy Willy goads him into proving his marksmanship by trying to shoot a bottle off his wife’s head with a revolver. This black comedy is a farcical twist on the William Tell legend and on the true story of William Burroughs, who, likewise under the influence, tried to shoot a glass off his wife’s head, missed and shot her dead instead.

Best Director Award at NYU Tisch School of Arts 1991
"Qualitätsprämie" by Swiss Federal Office of Culture 1991

cast & crew
Lenny: John Bigham
Martha: Jan Jalenak
Willy: Michael Santoro

Directors and producers: Christian Hoagland and Ruedi Gerber
Director of photography: Adam Beckman
Editor: Pascal Akesson
Screenplay: Christian Hoagland
Music: Rory Mcfarlane and Mark Russell

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