Hattie goes cruising

A Film by Konstantin Bock

Synopsis

In an age of online cruising and sex apps, having sex in parks and public bathrooms seems like a thing of the past. But for Hank Major, a 70-year-old gay African-American gentleman from Philadelphia, picking up guys on the street or at old-school cruising grounds is still very much a way of life. In this charming, funny, and poignant short documentary, the perennially horny Major, whose friends have nicknamed him Hattie Louise, takes us back in time, through a turbulent life full of cruising. While rifling through his collection of dirty photos of horse-hung tricks, Hattie shares his vivid memories, insights, and practical advice for picking up guys, how to deal with difficult tricks and more. We also learn about the 35-year-long relationship between Hattie and his partner Allen, who never put the kibosh on Hattie’s cruising habits. The film is both a brilliant look at a part of gay culture that’s fast becoming extinct, and a portrait of a unique character who is as fascinating as he is endearing.

Director

  • Picture of Konstantin Bock  © Konstantin Bock

    Konstantin Bock

    Konstantin is a film and theater director, who is technically based in Berlin, but divides his time mainly between Germany, the US and Lebanon or wherever life takes him. He studied applied film, theatre and fine arts at the University of Hildesheim, and Jewish studies and the history and culture of the Middle East at the Freie Universität Berlin. As a video designer he has created work for stage productions in Oldenburg, Pforzheim, Berlin and Helsinki. With Canadian performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex, he has worked as a director, designer and creative associate in Toronto, London, Bern, Singapore, Glasgow, Philadelphia, Prague, Copenhagen, Essen, Portland, Gwangju, Hemsbach and Sydney. His film work includes commercials, music videos, short films and documentaries. His most recent documentary, HATTIE GOES CRUISING, continues to tour festivals internationally, after premiering at the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival. He has directed and edited commercials for s.Oliver, comma, Windsor., JOOP!, Hessnatur, Eterna and the German Finance Authority, with agencies in Munich, Hamburg and New York. Currently, Konstantin is editing Nadine Labaki's third feature film 'Capharnaum' in Beirut and developing a follow-up film with Hattie called 'Hattie on the rocks'.

Awards + Festivals

  • 28th OUT ON FILM ATLANTAS LGBT FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Atlanta, USA)October 1, 2015
  • 26th NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Orleans, USA)October 14, 2015
  • 27th NEW FEST, NEW YORK'S LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Yorck, USA)October 22, 2016
  • 24th ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. Louis, USA)November 5, 2015
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MERLINKA (Official Selection, Belgrade, Serbia)December 10, 2015
  • 22nd HOT DOCS CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)April 28, 2016
  • AMMARNÄS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ammarnäs, Sweden)July 7, 2016
  • 34th OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)July 7, 2016
  • 34th REELING: THE CHICAGO LGBTQ+ INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chicago, IL, USA)September 22, 2016
  • 31st MIX COPENHAGEN LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Copenhagen, Denmark)September 30, 2016
  • 17th QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MEZIPATRA (Int’l Competition, Prague, Brno, Czech Republic)November 3, 2016
  • 4th PORNY DAYS – FILM KUNST FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zurich, Switzerland)November 27, 2016
  • 18th MADURAI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 6, 2016
  • SWEET AS FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER’S EDITION (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)December 22, 2016
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • 2nd FISH&CHIPS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Turin, Italy)January 19, 2017
  • 5th LA FÊTE DU SLIP GENDER & SEXUALITY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lausanne, Switzerland)March 3, 2017
  • 19th MECAL PRO, INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)March 14, 2017
  • 30th BFI FLARE: LONDON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)March 16, 2017
  • 26th MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Australia)March 16, 2017
  • 13th LEEDS QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Leeds, UK)March 24, 2017
  • GLITCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Glasgow, Scotland)March 24, 2017
  • 30th QUEERGESTREIFT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Konstanz, Germany)March 24, 2017
  • 18th ANNUAL CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jackson, Mississippi, USA)April 6, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL DE CINE DE SAN LORENZO (Official Selection, Paraguay)April 14, 2017
  • 3rd UNDEPENDENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Edinburgh, Scotland)April 21, 2017
  • CHEAP CUTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)May 5, 2017
  • 21st MIX MÉXICO 2017 - SEXUAL DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mexico DF, Mexico)May 24, 2017
  • 1st PORTOVIEJO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ecuador)June 1, 2017
  • 2nd CIUDAD DE MÉXICO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, México City, México)June 25, 2017
  • 14th INDY FILM FEST 2017 (Documentary Shorts, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)July 13, 2017
  • STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longford, Ireland)August 18, 2017
  • THE SUPERBIA WEEKEND LGBT EVENT @ MANCHESTER PRIDE (Special Screening, UK)August 25, 2017
  • 4th VILNIUS LGBT* FESTIVAL "KREIVĖS" (Official Selection, Vilnius, Lithuania)September 14, 2017
  • 2nd CIUDAD DEL ESTE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay)September 19, 2017
  • CINEMA QUEER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Stockholm, Sweden)September 27, 2017
  • 22th TWIST: SEATTLE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, USA)October 12, 2017
  • IRIS PRIZE FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Cardiff, Wales)October 15, 2017
  • 10th CINE MOVILH - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE LÉSBICO, GAY, BISEXUAL Y TRANSEXUAL (Official Selection, Chile)October 16, 2017
  • 6th WINCHESTER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, U.K.)November 3, 2017
  • 1st SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Argentina)November 9, 2017
  • 17th INDIANAPOLIS LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Indiana, USA)November 10, 2017
  • NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • 9th FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE GLBT - SANTO DOMINGO OUTFEST 2017 (Official Selection, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana)November 26, 2017
  • 3th BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil)December 8, 2017
  • 3rd FINDECOIN - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Anzoátegui, Venezuela)February 23, 2018
  • 6th FRONT RANGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longmont, CO, USA)April 27, 2018
  • CONCEPCION INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Concepcíon, Chile)August 7, 2018
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM*
    5th FICLAPAZ - LA PAZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, La Paz, Bolivia)September 5, 2018
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM*
    3rd BERLIN LIBERI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)December 15, 2018

Crew

Director
Konstantin Bock
Screenplay
Konstantin Bock, Darren O'Donnell, Eva Verity, Lucy Gaizely
Producer
Konstantin Bock
Director of Photography
Konstantin Bock
Sound
Konstantin Bock
Editor
Konstantin Bock
Sound Design
Martin Glos & Christian Ziegler / ISOLA Music
Music
Martin Glos & Christian Ziegler / ISOLA Music

Details

Running Time
18 min.
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
2,35:1
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0) 176 - 62965299
markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Mammalian Diving Reflex
1087 Queen St. West, #410
Toronto, ON M6J 1H3, Canada

DIRECTOR

Konstantin Bock

Konstantin-Bock@gmx.de
www.konstantinbock.de