aGLIFF 2011 (Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival)
By Caitlyn Collins | September 15, 2011
Director: Caspar Andreas
Writers: Caspar Andreas (screenplay), Andy Zeffer (novel)
Starring: Matthew Ludwinski, Allison Lane, Caspar Andreas, Michael Medico
Going Down in La-La Land, directed by Caspar Andreas, follows the story of young, beautiful Adam (Matthew Ludwinski). Having finished acting school in New York City, Adam decides to move to Hollywood in order to pursue his dreams of making it big as an actor. He moves in with his best friend Candy (Allison Lane), herself an aspiring actress. Candy, however, lacks Adam’s motivation to even look for a job of any sort, let alone an acting gig, much to her husband’s annoyance. Candy’s primary concerns are her looks and having a rich man take care of her, and Hollywood gossip of course.
Candy convinces Adam to join her gym with his last few dollars as she regards it as the best place to network. She isn’t entirely wrong about this. After quitting his receptionist position at a talent agency due to his uptight asshole boss, Adam runs into Nick (Caspar Andreas), a member of his gym. Nick flirtatiously tells Adam he knows of a company looking to hire an office assistant. That company turns out to be Jet Set Men, a pornography company. Through now-boyfriend Nick’s assuring words and his bosses urging, Adam begins to enter the industry as well as the escort service on the side all to make a few bucks. This is how he meets John (Michael Medico), a beloved television star and closet homosexual. John treats Adam tenderly, in the way Nick does not. While Nick and Adam have a steamy relationship, Nick’s drug addiction causes it to fade quickly.
Soon, Adam must face his demons – his druggy ex, whether or not to become a porn star and a closeted new love – in order to find himself again. Based on the novel by Andy Zeffer, Going Down In La-La Land is both a comical and dark exploration of the desire for fame, love and what you’re willing to do in order to obtain them.