Documentary filmmaker Ben Mullinkosson provides a no holds barred look at the skate culture and underground party communities of Chengdu—the capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan province.
Double Sexy introduces the audience to three of Chengdu’s countercultural residents who represent the beating heart of China’s capital of cool. Their disparate lives coalesce in this film that becomes a sympathetic spectator to their drunken antics, coarse conversation and clandestine pleasures.
“It’s not until I started living in Chengdu and speaking Chinese that I realized the government is not an accurate reflection of the people of China,” says Mullinkosson who lives and works between Chengdu and LA. “The world is quick to dismiss any empathetic bridges that connects them to the individuals that comprise the largest country population on Earth.
“The characters each have big dreams and are growing up in a place changing faster than almost any other city in the world,” Mullinkosson continues. “They are free—free in the sense that they go out, get wild, fall in love, explore their sexuality, make mistakes, and learn from the process. Each person is figuring out answers to life’s questions.
“As a doc filmmaker I’m attracted to stories that help us understand each other and the world around us. I moved to Chengdu because I wanted to get a different perspective on the world and, after being here for a number of years, I’ve fallen in love with the complexities of the Chengdu underground party scene.”