Synopsis

yeah no definitely is about a young man unable to express his same-sex passion, and the danger he poses on a night when his long-seething emotions finally explode. 

It's summertime, and Cam, a boundlessly energetic 20-year old, is passenger-side as his best friend Kiff sits behind the wheel of a Ford Aspire circa 1995.  A brittle wreck of a car, the Aspire is straining to hit 55 mph on the highway. 

Kiff is 21 – good-looking and effortlessly charismatic – but he’s either unaware of his attributes or unimpressed by them.  Cam’s barbs about his pitiful vehicle are laughed right off, with Kiff intent on getting them to an afternoon party at the house of a rich friend.  The two have a strong degree of physical intimacy and there's a simmering tension between them. 

At a party where everyone grows increasingly relaxed and amorous, Cam becomes intoxicated, isolated and angry.  He's unwilling to admit his attraction to Kiff, and unable to release the powerful feelings of grief he's been holding inside (just what he's grieving over we don't discover until the film's end).  Kiff knows that Cam is suffering, but he hopes that just having a good time together might make Cam forget his pain.  The two are accomplices in denial, and their willingness to hide from the truth may kill one of them before the night is through. 

The film is graced with two stellar performances.  By turns funny, fragile and frightening, Vincent Piazza's portrayal of Cam is truly an eye-opener, while Alan Barnes Netherton plays Kiff with the kind of full-blooded machismo and sly comic grace that mark him as a future leading man.

Director's statement

We hear the phrase "yeah no definitely" all the time.  "Do you want to go to the party later?" "Yeah no definitely."  "Do you like her blog?"  "Yeah no definitely."   

Like, well, "like," and "you know," the words "yeah no definitely" are used to equivocate and, often, to disguise feelings that others might consider negative or anti-social.  In America c. 2007, almost everyone speaks like a stammering teenager, afraid to say what they really feel.   

The film "yeah no definitely" is about Cam, a young man unable to express the emotions roiling within him, and its origins are intensely autobiographical.  When my mother succumbed to cancer after a long battle, I didn't cry.  Not even a little bit, for over a year.  During that time, everyone around me praised my strength and composure.  In reality, I was a mess because, as Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, "hopeless grief is passionless."  It is the absence of feeling that endangers a human, and humanity, more than anything else. 

Cam's sexual orientation and the reasons for his anger are left vague - we don't discover the source of his sorrow until the movie's last scene. My intention was to provoke the audience into asking questions without clear answers.

I wasn't interested in telling this story just for personal reasons, but when considering subjects for a film became convinced that self-deception was a theme particularly worth exploring now, when Americans seem perhaps more desperate than ever to avoid dealing with reality, and grasp at any diversion rather than look in the mirror. 

-- Dave Snyder