Man of the Year


1h 25m 1995

Brief Synopsis

In 1992, Dirk Shafer was chosen Playgirl Magazine's "Man of the Year," the object of adoration for millions of women. The only catch was that Dirk was actually gay, and his appointment forced him to live a lie in order to promote the magazine. Blurring the boundary between truth and fiction with a m

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m

Synopsis

In 1992, Dirk Shafer was chosen Playgirl Magazine's "Man of the Year," the object of adoration for millions of women. The only catch was that Dirk was actually gay, and his appointment forced him to live a lie in order to promote the magazine. Blurring the boundary between truth and fiction with a mix of documentary footage and tongue-in-cheek reenactments, the movie follows Dirk through the ups and downs of his tenure. Dirk maintained his heterosexual charade with the help of his best friend, Vivian Paxton, who pretended to be his girlfriend. He worked the talk show circuit; staged autograph signings for his adoring fans; listened to women's fantasies as the host of a romance phone line; and spent Valentine's Day with the lucky winner of Playgirl's Win-a-Date contest. Meanwhile, Dirk's real-life lover, Mike, was growing increasingly frustrated in the role of the "roommate." And at the same time, a militant group became determined to "out" him on national television.

Crew

John Abeyta

Photography

Keith Addis

Special Thanks To

Arnold A Anderson

Sound Recordist

Peitor Angell

Original Music

Peitor Angell

Theme Music

Lionel J Ball

Boom Operator

David Beadle

Sound

Kevin Biggerstaff

Production Coordinator

Paulina Bowler

Production

Simon Bowler

Production Manager

Simon Bowler

Coproducer

Simon Bowler

Boom Operator

Howard Bragman

Special Thanks To

Eve Bregman

Music

Ashley Campion

Assistant

John Cassese

Special Thanks To

Dawn Christie

Special Thanks To

Tom Clark

Photography

Lauren Cohen

Camera Assistant

Syd Cole

Negative Cutting

Thom Collins

Other

David Cooley

Special Thanks To

Robert Cunningham

Photography

Yvonne Depatis-kupka

Makeup

Glen Diadone

Special Thanks To

Giovanni Disimone

Sound Recordist

John Farris

Camera Assistant

Angelo Fazio

Special Thanks To

Clayton Fowler

Grip

Ed Freeman

Production

Ed Freeman

Photography

Joe Fusco

Special Thanks To

Patsy Glass

Special Thanks To

Tom Glass

Special Thanks To

Laura Goldberg

Camera Assistant

Jane Gross

Special Thanks To

John Higginson

Special Thanks To

Rich Hughes

Camera Assistant

Cheyenne J'alvin

Makeup

David Kaiser

Camera Assistant

David Kaplan

Assistant

Matt Keener

Producer

Danny Kelly

Makeup

Gordon King

Special Thanks To

Randal Klieser

Special Thanks To

Greg Lane

Transportation Captain

Mi Yeoun Lee

Makeup

Jack Lindauer

Sound Recordist

Corey Mandell

Special Thanks To

Jeff Marcus

Associate Producer

Lisa Mayer

Makeup

Christian Moeyaert

Executive Producer

Samuel J Mongiello

Production

George Mooney

Makeup

Michael Mueller

Special Thanks To

Michael Mueller

Costume Designer

Michael Mueller

Production Designer

Mike L. Murphy

Production Assistant

Dick Nathan

Special Thanks To

John Nyomarkay

Assistant Art Director

John Paskiewcz

Camera Assistant

Vivian Paxton

Makeup

Vivian Paxton

Other

Vivian Paxton

Special Thanks To

Anthony Redman

Special Thanks To

David Robkin

Key Grip

James Cass Rogers

Special Thanks To

Matthew Rushton

Special Thanks To

Jeffery Sanker

Special Thanks To

David Schniderman

Special Thanks To

Anthony Sepulveda

Special Thanks To

Nancy Severinsen

Music Supervisor

Annabelle Shafer

Special Thanks To

David Shafer

Special Thanks To

Deidra Shafer

Other

Dirk Shafer

Other

Dirk Shafer

Screenplay

Barry S Silver

Editor

Ken Solomon

Editor

Barry Stich

Music

Brett Sylver

Special Thanks To

Brett Sylver

Script Supervisor

Clive Taylor

Sound

Melissa Thompson

Production Assistant

Stephen Timberlake

Other

Stephen Timberlake

Director Of Photography

Steve Tisch

Special Thanks To

Vincent Torres

Grip

Todd Tracey

Boom Operator

Eric Vetro

Music

Bonnie Vitti

Production Assistant

David Vogel

Special Thanks To

David Wanamaker

Special Thanks To

Sam Ware

Assistant

Nick Wechsler

Special Thanks To

Kevin Williams

Special Thanks To

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States February 1996

Released in United States January 1996

Released in United States July 1995

Released in United States July 1996

Released in United States June 13, 1995

Released in United States March 1, 1996

Released in United States March 1996

Released in United States on Video October 29, 1996

Released in United States September 1995

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (market) February 15-26, 1996.

Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) September 17-24, 1995.

Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival March 21 - April 4, 1996.

Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival in Palm Springs, California January 5-21, 1996.

Shown at OUTFEST '95: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Closing Night) July 6-16, 1995.

Shown at Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival July 11-21, 1996.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 8-17, 1996.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (First Cinema) September 7-16, 1995.

Feature directorial debut for male model Dirk Shafer. Shafer, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, was Playgirl's 1992 Man of the Year.

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival March 21 - April 4, 1996.)

Released in United States January 1996 (Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival in Palm Springs, California January 5-21, 1996.)

Released in United States February 1996 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (market) February 15-26, 1996.)

Released in United States March 1996 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 8-17, 1996.)

Released in United States March 1, 1996 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States June 13, 1995 (Shown as a "work-in-progress" at "First Look" film series in New York City (Tribeca Film Center) June 13, 1995.)

Released in United States July 1995 (Shown at OUTFEST '95: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Closing Night) July 6-16, 1995.)

Released in United States July 1996 (Shown at Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival July 11-21, 1996.)

Released in United States September 1995 (Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) September 17-24, 1995.)

Released in United States September 1995 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (First Cinema) September 7-16, 1995.)

Released in United States on Video October 29, 1996