FilmThreat.com August 8, 2003 by Rory L. Aronsky
"****" Based in part on Anthony Burgess The Wanting Seed, Heterosapiens focuses on our Earth in a different light, where homosexuality is embraced and heterosexuality is outlawed, due (according to the source material) to extreme overpopulation. One of these outlaws is John A. Seed (Jeff Gilson), whom we see walking away from his office job, where he was fired for being straight. Now THERES a switch! Things get stranger when John goes to Simulingus, a place where sexual role playing experiences can be easily purchased. We learn about this from the get-go where he asks a woman (supposedly his lover) to marry him and she tells him that he knows the drill. As it so happens, shes part of Simulingus and can be bought for a certain period of time, but after that, thats it. Jon Springer is certainly a filmmaker who sees nothing as taboo and perhaps thats a good thing because his imagination is really something to behold. -
City Pages March 13th 2002 by Rob Nelson
With this 24-minute short about the burdens of being a white male breeder (in a queer future-world where straight men are deviants, that is), writer-director Jon Springer pulls off a politically provocative sci-fi switcheroo of near-Planet of the Apes proportions--and reconfirms his standing as out state's most audacious narrative filmmaker by far. And our most...uh, deviant as well: Springer's debut feature The Hymens Parable (2000) contrived to put the possessed, fanatical, bipolar sister of an aspiring priest through a sort of earthly purgatory; while his determinedly controversial follow-up Heaven 17 brought the pain to a pregnant young virgin at odds with a vampiric abortionist. Heterosapiens, albeit inspired by Anthony Burgess's The Wanting Seed (the dystopic Heaven had intimations of A Clockwork Orange), appears to make playful allegory of the director's own p.c. persecution (or perceived p.c. persecution, as you prefer). Cruelly fired from his office job for being straight(!), our virile hero, John A. Seed (Jeff Gilson), struggles to find the acceptable "scenario" at Simulingus, where sexual role-playing experiences may be purchased almost as easily as porno tapes--but not many of them, alas, are "spiritual." Shooting in black and white (and on a limited budget), Springer render another fastidiously sterile, totalitarian-looking universe, as if the stern mise-en scene was being recruited to play straight man--in a manner of speaking--to the comic material.
HHPUB April 2002 by J. Boushka
I had the opportunity to review the screenplay for this sci-fi comedy just before the September tragedy. On the surface, it reads like a spoof on discrimination by reversing homosexuality and heterosexuality and placing straights in the defensive position. But when viewed (in wonderful black and white) it comes across as a comical celebration of heterosexuality, as Masters and Johnson would rejoice in it. There are neat ideas in the script, such as a job firing after a conflict of interest over indulging in heterosexual simulations from a competitor, and some lines about ones role in the world. This film was originally to be called Interchange.Jeff Gilson comes across as a sincere and convincing protagonist, and a salesman for the idea that heterosexuality need not be confining or anachronistic.
IFP/Marc Merger Gala, March 16th 2002, Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights
Undercinema April 23rd, Dinkytowner Cafe in Minneapolis
2002 Flaming Film Festival, May 5th, Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis
Chicago Community Cinema 2002
Demented Sinema Fest, Toronto 2002