“If filmmaker Andrew Blubaugh ever decides to put down the camera, he might want to consider a career in tightrope-walking or mine-clearing. If his excellent debut feature is any indication, he has a knack for navigating treacherous terrain and emerging triumphant.”

—Steven Pate     Read full review

 

“The title suggests the themes: When does a boy become an adult? How should society determine the age of consent? In a fortunate bit of timing (for Blubaugh, at least), Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ personal scandal unfolded during production; Blubaugh skillfully weaves the Adams liaison into the storyline.”

—Stan Hall     Read full review

“The Adults in the Room, made for less than $100,000, is both a drama about Blubaugh’s affair as well as a documentary in which the director talks with various people about what he should think about the experience. (One of the participants is WW reporter Nigel Jaquiss.) That kind of metatextual experiment chafes against the formula of innocence-lost movies like An Education”

—Aaron Mesh     Read full article

“Portland, OR based filmmaker Andy Blubaugh first drew the attention of programmers and indie film audiences when his short film, “Hello, Thanks” was included in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Like his follow-up short, “Scaredycat,” which premiered at the following year’s Sundance, “Hello” is a documentary which employs a distinctive and highly personal style and tone – self-referential but not self-indulgent which he has called “speculative documentary construction” – which quickly grew to characterize Blubaugh’s work.”
—Basil Tsiokos

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Andy Blubaugh makes films quite unlike anyone else, but it was not always this way. Things changed when he was sent a camera belonging to his late mother. Blubaugh conceived an idea for a fictional short film based on this event but felt he was “hiding behind the narrative.”…The resulting film, The Burden, saw the emergence of Blubaugh’s distinctive documentary style, which blends interviews, reenactments and “symbolistic imagery.”

—Nick Dawson

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