Getting off clients is easy. Getting off to a new start isn’t.
In the provocative new 34-minute short film Getting Off, Dane (Jonathan Rentler), a recent college graduate living in New York City, reflects on his time working as an escort to pay his way through school… all while he prepares to take his first real job in another city.
Before he leaves, Dane decides to pay his dearest client, Harris (Paul Walling), one last visit. Harris, a sweet middle aged man, has been paying Dane for sex and companionship during Dane’s time in school. As the reality of their last time together sets in, the two men recount their history together and discover that getting off to a new start – apart from one another and their “maybe not just strictly business” relationship – might be more difficult than either of them had ever imagined.
A New York University senior thesis project from writer/director Tommy Craven, Getting Off rises above its status as a student film. Edgy and sexually explicit, though never thoughtlessly so, the film explores an unusual relationship on the margins, but doesn’t cheat us on the humanity or deeply-felt emotions.