Released in 2001 and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the life story of a transsexual East German punk rock singer. The film was won a huge number of awards, including the Outstanding Film – Limited Release at GLAAD Media Awards. Shot in Ontario, the film features actors John Cameron Mitchell and Michael Pitt.
John Cameron Mitchell began his career with a variety of on and off Broadway performances, as well as some guest roles in popular television series. In 1998, Mitchell wrote, directed, and starred in his award winning Broadway musical and film, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The project inspired Mitchell to pursue more writing opportunities, allowing him to pen and direct a number of successful film projects.
Released in 2006 and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, Shortbus is a film about a group of characters who attend an underground sex/art salon to overcome their troubles. The film was nominated for many awards, and won several, such as the Best New Fiction Film at the Zurich Film Festival. Shot in New York City, the film features actors Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, and PJ Deboy.