The Long Haul is a documentary about the meaning of beauty in an industry that limits the definition of attraction. The film follows the visionaries behind Seattle’s Moulin Rouge-inspired cabaret club, Can Can, who depart the flooded burlesque market to re-imagine the limited male revue. The result is the Buckaroos — a theatrical cowboy western variety show featuring the “everyman”.
Beneath the cowboy hats and bedazzled thongs, The Long Haul explores themes of masculinity and sexuality through the vulnerabilities of each Buckaroo.
Historically, male directors have monopolized the conversation on female sexuality and though female directors have made films featuring strong female leads, I have yet to find a film with broad accessibility that appeals to the desires of both men and women alike. This gender-neutral dissection of the “everyman” taps into the vulnerabilities men face in an evolving cultural norm where physical dominance no longer defines what it means to be masculine. I may not be making the next great social issue drama, but there is far more universality than I think most people will expect.
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