We had the good fortune of connecting with A.C. Lamberty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi A.C., what do you want people to remember about you?
I want to leave behind a legacy of truly subversive work. For me, one of the few positives to come out of COVID and lockdown has been witnessing how the film industry tries to adapt to this new world, and realizing that box office numbers and awards shows maybe don’t mean everything. As I find myself less and less constrained by notions of commercial success and the awards machine, and more compelled by filmmakers who embrace the controversial, I now feel that I want my life’s work to focus on subversion, complicating our neo-liberal notions of representation and tackling intra-community LGBTQ issues. To be able to have enough money to make what I want to make would be amazing, yes, but to create work that will shock and cause conversation for years to come is the bigger goal.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a writer/director. Most of my work focuses on LGBTQ stories and super stylized, “heightened reality” visuals. My style has become my signature — especially the fact that I can ball on a budget and still make something bold! I started directing my own short films in high school and, after graduating from Boston University’s film program in 2018, I’ve continued to write and direct, finding success on the festival circuit. In particular, my short film A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO HANKY CODE, a parody of 1950s-era sex ed films, has shown at prestigious queer festivals NewFest and Rozefilm Dagen, and my short script MISS TEEN DAIRY MINNESOTA placed in Hollyshorts and the Shore Scripts film fund in 2020. The last year in particular has been quite difficult, as it has been for like, everyone in entertainment; seeing my planned projects fall apart because of COVID, trying to keep motivated and establish a creative practice, et cetera, has been really fucking tough. But my unwavering belief in the power of storytelling and what I feel called to share with my audience has kept me going. And thank god COVID numbers are finally on the decline in Los Angeles.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve lived in Frogtown for five years, so I gotta keep it local for a day. Take a walk along the river and hit up Spoke or Salazar, go to Weirdo Night at Zebulon. Akbar is my absolute favorite bar in the entire world, and the double whammy of pregaming at Tiki Ti and then heading to Akbar to dance until 3 AM is the best night you could have, in my opinion. I’m a sucker for some of the classic Hollywood/WeHo spots, too — love a movie at the Cineramadome, dinner and drinks at Dan Tana’s, an random rock show at The Troubadour, and the Show Girls drag show on Monday nights at Micky’s. And for a beach day, I have a super secret Malibu beach I love to go to where there’s plenty of free parking, but I will not divulge its location.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom, naturally; we have extremely different views on life, religion, sexuality, you name it, but she is unwavering in her support and her love. I feel free to be myself with her in my life.
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