Shut Up Little Man

Alternately hilarious and discomfiting.
A wildly entertaining ride with a surprising amount of heart.
-Todd Brown, Twitch Film
You can't look away.
-Christopher Bell, Indiewire


In 1987, Eddie and Mitch, two young punks from the Midwest, moved into a low-rent shithole of an apartment in the Lower Haightdistrict of San Francisco. Through paper-thin walls, they were informally introduced to their middle-aged alcoholic neighbors, Raymond Huffman, a raging homophobe, and Peter Haskett, a flamboyant gay man. Night after night, the boys were treated to and terrorized by a seemingly endless stream of vodka-fueled altercations between the two unlikely roommates. Oftentimes nonsensical and always vitriolic, the diatribes of Peter and Ray were an audio goldmine just begging to be recorded andpassed aroundon the underground tape market. Eddie and Mitch hung a microphone from their kitchen window to chronicle the bizarre and violent relationship between their borderline-insane neighbors. Not satisfied simply documenting these outlandish events, director Matthew Bate has concocted a darkly comedic exploration into the blurred boundaries among privacy,art, and exploitation.

Theatrical Release Date

Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 85 min.
Year: 2011


Matthew Bate



Left to Right: Alex Mothersbaugh and Bob Mothersbaugh
Pete (Patrick Frost)