Category Archives: GLBT documentary

“LADY VALOR: THE KRISTIN BECK STORY”— An Amazing Story of a Transgender Woman

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“Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story”

An Amazing Story of a Transgender Woman

Amos Lassen

Christopher Beck is a former Navy Seal who embarks on a new mission but does so as Kristin Beck. After serving for twenty years as a Seal, Christopher decides that the time has come to live his life truthfully and to him that means as a transgender woman. This is the story of Kristin’s search for the ideals of America that she worked so hard for as a member of the elite forces. She also served as a member of the United States Special Warfare Development Group what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team Six.  In 2011, she retired with rank    from active duty and continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon. What people did not know was that Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. Then in 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly first on Linked In and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 soon thereafter. Needless to say, many were surprised. In this film we see exclusive interviews with Kristin’s family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. There is also footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. The documentary was filmed only a few months shortly after Kristin’s coming out and the whole business was still new and emotional for those who are close to her. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected and after spending her life in service to her country, Kristin learned that the biggest fight she had was not on the battlefield but at home.

 The film was developed from the profile that was originally run by Anderson Cooper. Quite simply it tells the remarkable story of the transformation of a macho gung-ho decorated 20-year Navy Seal from a man’s man to a woman.  The film questions some of the stereotypical ideas that many hold about those who are transgender. We see Kristin’s battle up close and personal—her struggle for acceptance with her family and her former military colleagues. While we have seen great progress made in the area of transgender people there are still those who will find this film to be shocking and there are those that will label it disgusting. These are the people who really need to see this film. I found this to a beautiful and honest film that has a great deal to say and it is recommended viewing for all.

“MOM AND DAD: I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU”— A New Documentary from Israel

“MOM AND DAD: I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU”

A New Documentary from Israel

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“Mom and Dad: I Have Something to Tell You” is a documentary film about the journey parents whose children tell them they are gay are forced to take. Their life changes in a second and a challenging and slow journey, for all the family, begins, taking them from denial to understanding, from anger to the need to be there for him or her, from shame to acceptance.

This sensitive and earnest documentary features and is narrated by Assi Azar, one of the rising TV stars in Israel, a screen writer and the host of the Israeli version of “Big Brother”. His personal story is unfolded, including the first heart to heart conversation between Assi and his parents since he came out when he was 24.

Director: Yair Qedar
Year: 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: Hebrew
Runtime: 45 min-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-jb_5-Yy6s#t=22

See more at: http://awiderbridge.org/mom-and-dad-i-have-something-to-tell-you-with-assi-azar/#sthash.AO1zKhqc.dpuf

“DO I SOUND GAY” to premier at Toronto Film Fest

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Do I Sound Gay? Toronto Film Festival Premiere

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 DO I SOUND GAY? is a hilarious, poignant docu-comedy about the stigma attached to the “gay voice” and director David’s own anxiety about “sounding gay.” An entertaining chorus of friends, family, strangers on the street and celebrities like David Sedaris (in his first film!), Dan Savage, Tim Gunn, George Takei and Margaret Cho coax David along in his quest for empowerment. In TIFF’s words, “Thorpe makes for a winning and sympathetic guide who doesn’t shy away from confronting taboos and vulnerabilities that often go unexpressed.” The premiere will take place at noon on Sunday, Sept. 7  at the Ryerson Theatre, followed by an onstage conversation with director David and pundit/activist/sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Tickets are on sale now.

“DEREK JARMAN: LIFE AS ART”— Remembering Derek Jarman

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“DEREK JARMAN: LIFE AS ART”

Remembering Derek Jarman

Amos Lassen

Derek Jarman was one of the UK’s most talented, innovative and controversial independent filmmaker. He made several significant films such as Caravaggio and Wittgenstein. He was also a hugely talented painter, writer, and gardener, and following his HIV+ diagnosis became an ardent activist for gay rights. He only made the films he wanted to make, giving voice to his vision of the world as a gay man, a lover of high art and Super-8. We lost him in 1994. Derek Jarman: Life as Art explores the rich and colorful life and loves of Jarman. We see insightful interviews with some of his closest friends, family and colleagues including Tilda Swinton, Christopher Hobbs, James Mackay, Simon Fisher Turner, Nigel Terry, Tariq Ali, Peter Tatchell and Jill Balcon. By using beautiful slow-motion Super-8 shots of the contributors, we see the influence of Jarman’s stylistic look to the documentary. Clips and stills from his films and previously unseen footage of Jarman directing Wittgenstein allow us to feel the anarchy, color, imagery and poetry of the man and his work.

Here is what some critics have said about this film:

“…the first biopic of independent British filmmaker and writer, Derek Jarman … Originally trained in the arts and set design, Jarman experimented richly with the film medium, particularly super 8, and early on incorporated gay themes and homoeroticism into his films. Daring and controversial, Jarman’s work was well reviewed, and he was considered a genius by many.” 
-EMRO (Educational Media Reviews Online)

”British filmmaker Derek Jarman could certainly be cited as one of the most exciting and controversial independent filmmakers of the past two decades. Derek Jarman: Life as Art does a wonderful job of introducing us to this complex, brilliant artist. Viewers will find included in this engaging documentary, clips from Jarman’s most familiar films as well as informative interviews with many of his creative accomplices. Certain to provoke dialogue given Jarman’s consistent challenges to cinematic conventions, his portrayals of queer life historically and cinematically and the overt politicization of his subject matter. Will be of interest to classes in Queer studies, Cinema Studies and Cultural Studies.” 
-Cade Bursell, Filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Cinema, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

”In Derek Jarman: Life as Art, Tilda Swinton addresses Jarmanís move into Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, a move she understands as evoking what she calls his integrated schizophrenia – the ability to live in different ways. Swinton’s remarks are also an important description of Kimpton-Nyeís documentary, which never seeks to reduce Jarman’s life or art to a single, formative experience or way of living. In this sense, Derek Jarman: Life as Art is essential viewing for anyone interested in what a genuinely independent cinema looked like. Kimpton-Nye details not only the continual shifts in Jarman’s life, but also the shifts in his production, and the ways in which those shifts result from a continual sense of wonder and exploration that characterized Jarman as both an artist and a human being. 

Without ever saying so, this film makes clear that Jarman belongs alongside of more canonized figures of a genuinely independent cinema, alongside of Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol, and in opposition to that which has been sold to us in megaplexes around the world as ìindie. Jarman’s lyrical, political cinema comes forward in Kimpton-Nye’s film as the product of an artist incapable of settling into a hardened world-view, and was thus impossible to market in the mainstream of independent cinema where platitudes reign and ideas are important only insofar as they can be made into t-shirts, or emblazoned on the sides of coffee cups.”
-Brian Price, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

”Derek Jarman: Life as Art serves as an important reminder of the ways in which Jarman’s films have always transcended any easy categorization. Regardless of whether he was reworking the classic Renaissance plays of Marlowe and Shakespeare into homoerotic visions of desire and fear, or conjuring England’s apocalypse through a punk miasma, Jarman was a fiercely independent and unique filmmaker. Derek Jarman: Life as Art uses interviews with Jarman’s closest collaborators to provide a compelling biography that situates his multifaceted works into a singular artistic vision, and is essential viewing for anyone interested in experimental cinema, gay and lesbian cinema, and British film history.”
-Chris Robé, Assistant Professor of Film and Multimedia Studies, Florida Atlantic University

”…this documentary gives hope to any aspiring filmmaker or artist. An uplifting celebration of Jarman’s life and work – even after Jarman’s body succumbed to HIV, Kimpton-Nye’s documentary illustrates how Jarman’s indomitable spirit seems to transcend death itself in his work. The complexity of Jarman’s life and his artistic practice makes his work relevant across a wide disciplinary spectrum, from Art History and Film, to Gay and Lesbian Studies. Kimpton-Nye’s documentary is a ‘must-have’ for any liberal arts institute; a great resource for educators.” 
-Aaron Kerner, Assistant Professor of Cinema, San Francisco State University

”…an informative and moving account of the life and work of one of the giants of the queer avant-garde. The film brilliantly succeeds in walking a fine line between featuring a large amount of information on its subject and creating a feeling of intimacy. The numerous interviews with Jarman’s friends and colleagues that usefully punctuate the film’s concise biography resonate intellectually as well as emotionally. Their frank and nuanced tone is celebratory without being hagiographical. Its one-hour format makes the film an ideal supplement for any syllabus featuring Jarman, no matter whether taught in avant-garde film curricula, queer studies, art history, or British and Commonwealth culture courses.”
-Roy Grundmann, Associate Professor of Film Studies, Boston University, Author of Andy Warhol’s Blow Job; Contributing Editor, Cineaste magazine.

”Director Andy-Kimtpon-Nyeís biopic on Derek Jarman is a layered and thoughtful examination of the complexity of the artist’s life and work. As a writer, theater designer, gardener, painter, gay and AIDS rights activist, and what some call the most important British filmmaker of the latter part of the twentieth century, Jarman left us with a unique vision that was always innovative and controversial. That controversy, however, sometimes took away from the true artistry and originality of his work. This film pays homage to Jarman by gathering fellow collaborators such as actors Tilda Swinton, Karl Johnson, and Nigel Terry, producer James Mackay, composer Simon Fisher Turner, and writer/filmmaker, Tariq Ali, along with his biographer, Tony Peake, and Jarman’s own sister, Gaye Temple, to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the provocative way Jarman used his own life as the backdrop for nearly every project he undertook, whether he was making a film about the Renaissance painter Caravaggio, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, or his own loss of vision from AIDS-related illness in Blue. The film is respectful of his out gay life and politics and avoids the clichéd and reductive treatment he often received in the British media. Because his life and work touch on so many subjects, the film is an excellent resource not only for anyone studying or teaching Jarman, but it should be a part of any library collection that contains his films and scripts, memoirs, gardening books, and catalogues of his paintings.”
-Dr. Scott Rayter, Lecturer, Dept. of English / Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto

“THE BEARS OF BEIRUT”— Helping Gays in the Middle East

THE BEARS OF BEIRUT is a documentary about two Lebanese gay men helping other LGBTs with the effects of Syria’s brutal war. See how you can support us below.

 

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THE BEARS OF BEIRUT is a new documentary about two Lebanese gay men doing their best to help other gay people streaming in from Syria’s brutal war.

Beirut-based Bertho and Hixam have recently established Proud Lebanon, a non-religious, non-political, non-partisan civil rights society, offering a community centre for those who need it. This organisation is struggling to provide help to the many gay, lesbian and trans people in need of medical care, psychological assistance, and transit to a gay-friendly country. With over 1 million Syrians arriving in Lebanon in the last two years, Bertho and Hicham are working against the odds to assist many new arrivals to Beirut in dire need. This film is their story – about community, about tolerance, and about what is next for Lebanon and the entire Middle East.

We can only make this film with your help. Here’s how you can get involved with our campaign.

 

 

Why are we making this film? The answer is far from simple, so here are some details below.

Firstly, the title. BEIRUT is the easy part, but are there BEARS that exist in that city? Perhaps at the local zoo. The kind of bears we are focussing on are of the gay subculture variety. A “bear”, as mentioned in our film above, is a type of gay man with a hairy body, facial hair, and are either stocky, muscular or both. This subculture within the gay community exists all over the world.

In Beirut, a liberal city in a very conservative region, there is a community of gay bears that live somewhat openly. Bertho, one of the subjects of our film, and a leading light in the local bear community, ran the only travel agency for LGBT people in the entire Arab world. As part of his tours, he organized a “Mr. Bear Arabia” beauty pageant, where the idea of what is considered beautiful was turned completely on its head.

 

Bertho’s business was deeply affected by the decline in tourism thanks to the ongoing war in Syria. The war has affected Lebanon in many ways, with the UN claiming that over 1 million Syrians have come over the border looking for a safe haven.

He and his friend Hixam (also part of the bear community in Beirut) have instead turned their talents to setting up Proud Lebanon, which has been working to assist both Beirut locals and LGBT Syrian refugees with resources that the groaning public services in Lebanon cannot. They are doing so with very little financial support, and a lot of good will. And, with things possiblygetting more complicated for gay people in Beirut, will they be able to continue without added pressure? Like many small countries, Lebanon struggles with conflicting religious interests and ever-changing politics which affect the daily lives of its residents.

 

The time to film this story is now, as ever-shifting current events are having an effect on all involved. We want to make the world aware of the plight of these brave people, and your contribution to our campaign will allow us to focus on this specific group who to date are virtually ignored by the world’s media.

We aim to focus THE BEARS OF BEIRUT on the following:

 

  • What Bertho, Hixam, and their colleagues are doing, selflessly, for many others who arrive to Proud Lebanon. Those they are helping are in need of psychological and medical help, the need to socialize, and for some, assistance to relocate to countries such as Sweden and Canada.
  • Those they have helped (or are helping) get transit to a more gay-friendly country: how have their lives changed by leaving Syria and arriving somewhere else far from home?
  • The small and friendly gay bear community in Beirut – how they are coping with the changes in Lebanon?

This fundraising event will go towards the first phase of our film – to make a short version of the full movie to demonstrate to others the huge potential of this project.

 

 

 

 

We have come to Indiegogo in search of capital for the first phase of our documentary for several reasons.

  1. Our biggest challenge: we are based in Sweden, where it is very difficult for filmmakers to receive funding for documentary films, even those that went on to win an Oscar.
  2. Unlike other crowdsourcing sites, Indiegogo guarantees your participation with your contribution. Every gift you make will go towards the film, even if we don’t reach our goal of $40,000.
  3. We are in need of footage in order to secure more funding. We intend to start filming in Beirut in November 2014 and will produce a short film that we can then pitch to more international documentary funders.
  4. You will feel absolutely amazing after contributing to a project that intends to change the way people view the lives of LGBT people in the Middle east.

Take a look at the column on the right for the perks we are offering for every contribution, no matter the size. We want to ensure that every contributornot only receives something, but will be part of the film’s ongoing grassroots community. Be part of our regular newsletter, get a credit in the film, receive a souvenir from Beirut, premiere the film at home or to a group, have us speak to your class or group about our film, or even come to dinner with us.

 

 

 

 

 

Your pledge towards our $40,000 goal will allow us to cover a number of costs for this phase of the film.

 

Remember, every pledge, no matter how big, will go directly to these costs:

EQUIPMENT.
Your pledge will go towards:
1. An Arri Alexa camera, the same camera recently used to shoot SKYFALL,THE AVENGERS and AMOUR.
2. Sound equipment.
3. Lighting equipment.

TRANSPORTATION. 
1. Flights from Sweden to Lebanon for two people.
2. A rental van for travel within Beirut.

PERMITS.
Required to film in Lebanon.

CREW.
1. From Sweden
Producer/Director: Rick Jacobs
Cinematographer: Gabriel Mkrttchian

2. From Lebanon
We are working with Beirut-based Olive Tree Productions to source a:
Sound Technician
Camera Assistant
Production Manager

ACCOMMODATION.
Apartment rental in Beirut, provided at a discount as a favour to us.

 

 


THE BEARS OF BEIRUT is also fortunate to have the support of GROWLr, one of the biggest apps for bears available online. GROWLr have offered us sponsorship-in-kind for this campaign to get the word out. A great start from the biggest supporter of the bear community worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The team behind this crowdsourcing campaign are Rick Jacobs and Gabriel Mkrttchian. Here is who we are.

 

RICK JACOBS – Producer/Director
Rick comes from the USA but has called Europe his hope for over 20 years. He currently resides in Malmö, Sweden.

 

Rick’s background is as a producer and director for theatre, television and film. He has spent the last three years writing and producing TAREQ TAYLOR’S NORDIC COOKERY, now broadcast in 117 countries on such networks as BBC Worldwide, RTL, Fox International Channels and UKTV.

He has directed stage musicals and opera in London and New York, including a London revival of the epic musical GOLDEN BOY, originally starring Sammy Davis, Jr., HIGH SOCIETY (UK tour), and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. Rick also directed the new musical CONNECT/DISCONNECT in NYC in 2009.

THE BEARS OF BEIRUT marks his debut as a documentary director. “As a gay man, stories about other LGBT people who struggle with life decisions they can’t control is something very close to my heart,” says Rick.

 

“PETER DE ROME: GRANDFATHER OF GAY PORN”— A New Documentary

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“Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn”

A New Documentary

Amos Lassen

Peter de Rome is an early gay pornographer—he began by making short films in the 1960s and he basically made them for his new use and satisfaction. He would also show them to his friends. One of his early films, “Hot Pants” one first place at the Amsterdam Wet Dream Festival and this brought him interest but it was really not until 1973 when producer Jack Deveau put some of his short films together and added a couple of other shorts that people came to know De Rome’s work. Then a year later, in 1974, De Rome made his first feature length film, “Adam and Yves” and this was later followed in 1976 by “The Destroying Angel”, De Rome’s attempt at gay horror.

We see here that De Rome began filming gay porn when homosexuality was outlawed in America. He chose to show the gay experience in sexually erotic and poetic vignettes at a time when only a few colors would dare to do the same. Because he dared, he opened yet another closet door in the gay community. De Rome himself was nothing special to look at. He was a little Englishman who wore glasses yet he was admired by some of the best in the world—Sir John Gielgud and Andy Warhol, to name just two. From his hobby of shooting gay men having sex, De Rome was one of those responsible for the advent of gay porn. Now all of us can learn about him in Ethan Reid’s new documentary,eH

 “Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn”.  Here we see and hear De Rome (who died last summer right before his 90th birthday) talk about himself and his career and I tell you that it is thrilling. He was a man of many stories and they are delightful.

We learn here that what makes sex so erotic is the visual and literary treatment of it. De Rome compares pornography to vulgarity when he says, “Pornography is to eroticism as vulgarity is to wit. Eroticism is to arousal as pornography is to performance. Sex has such an enormous affinity to fantasy and is largely comprised of it, that arousal before the act can be all-important, sometimes even more exciting than the act itself. I know I’ve been labeled the grandfather of porn. I’d rather preferred the granddaddy of porn but I had no say in that”.

Peter de Rome’s films are full of fun, beauty and titillation – and made in a time when homosexuality was illegal. He describes sex as a beautiful watercolor and he maintains that his films showed both the beauty and the eroticism of sex. He insisted that his sex scenes be titillating. I repeat once again that he made his films at a time when being gay was illegal yet he showed men having sex and loving each other. He was ahead of his time and I believe that if he were still alive, he would be still ahead of his time now.

The new documentary explores both De Rome’s work and his life and when we see him here at 90, it is hard to imagine this gentle cute old man making such wild and erotic films. His actors in some cases were sailors that he met on the street. And it is truly difficult to imagine this “distinguished, very English and well mannered almost beyond belief” whose “words are peppered with humor and naughtiness” directing gay porn films. He “speaks with a fluidity that can only come with being totally at ease with himself. He describes New York in the 1960s and 70s with the same misty-eyed nostalgia as others who were there, but it somehow sounds realer told by him”.

The documentary includes clips from his films, of which there are many, and they are quite explicit but they do add to the film. It is sad to say that De Rome died recently but in the film he seems very much alive as others look back at his work as they explain how his hardcore films became appreciated as works of art.

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De Rome was really discovered by a new generation after he had already retired from filmmaking. His movies were once considered dangerous as well as illegal and he risked arrest almost every time he picked up a camera. Yet he became the first erotic filmmaker to have his work preserved for posterity by the British Film Institute in his homeland’s national film archive.

In the film he tells his story and we see him in London, New York, Barcelona, Fire Island and Sandwich.  It took him a long time to be recognized and I am not sure that pornography is the correct word to describe his output. He had flair with a camera and he brought an artist’s sensibility to his work. He definitely had an eye for the surreal and the absurd. Just as he has created eroticism so has he created great beauty.

For most of his career, De Rome worked alone–writing, casting, shooting and editing those short films. He had his own vision and he pursued it  and now some of his films have become social documents of a time that was. We hear from former collaborators and some of those he has influenced such as Wakefield Poole, director of the breakthrough 1971 gay porn movie Boys in the Sand (He is receiving his own renewed interest with Jim Tushinski’s documentary on Wakefield).

De Rome states, “I am often accused that my films are made ‘purely for titillation.’ If by titillation we mean the pleasure of excitement that is exactly why they are made. I can think of no better reason”.

The film is simply shot but then it is difficult to deal with a talent as big as De Rome. He was a great filmmaker and an artist. I could go on and on but it is better if you see the film yourselves.

“I’M A PORN STAR”— Famous on the Net

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“I’m a Porn Star”

Famous on the Net

Amos Lassen

There are people in my neighborhood and in yours who are famous but if we do not visit Internet porn sites we would not know it. Today there are about 370 million pornographic websites on the Internet. Porn is a thirteen billion dollar business. There is a good chance that people you know are involved in it to some degree. (It would be interesting to heart what the original Puritans would have to say about this.

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This film is about guys who are porn stars and the term “porn stars” is an interesting one. By this I mean that there are people who work all their lives to be stars and it doesn’t happen. Yet someone who has sex on camera just one time is called a porn star. The four stars we meet here are Brent Everett, Colby Jansen, Rocco Reed and Johnny Rapid. They speak openly and honestly about their experiences in porn and how it feels to objects of lust for so many men. That must be the ultimate ego trip.
First we get a brief history of porn from actor-director-producer-author Charlie David. We get to see fascinating silent footage of some of the earliest homoerotic action staged on film, as well as the “men’s physique” magazines and reels of the 1940s and ’50s that provided “spank-bank material under the guise of appreciating “male athleticism”.” We see “the arthouse-appreciated flicks of the ’70s, the home video boom of the 1980s, the AIDS crisis and it’s effect on porn, the higher budgets of the ’90s and the keywords, special interests and star-focused sites of the internet age” All of this comes before the opening credits.

Colby Jansen is what is known as “semi-straight” (whatever that means). A former Marine and defense contractor, Jensen is working on his Masters of Business Administration and what he makes from porn pays his college tuition. He is marred to Gia Darling, a transsexual porn star.

Johnny Rapid is known as a “twink” and a power bottom. He has in the last year become an important stat and it is said that he is as cute as a “button”. (Now this is a term that I have never understood—I have seen thousands of buttons in my life and not once considered them to be cute).

Rocco Reed is a porn fence straddler acting in both gay and straight porn. He can tell a lot about these two worlds. When he is not on screen, he is a personal trainer who hopes to open his own gym when he retires from porn.

Lastly there is Brent Everett who has a great deal written about him and lately has made the transition from porn to gay-themed film (in which he keeps his clothes on).

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The four guys share so much with us—their thoughts, their experiences, their hopes and what they like sexually. We learn about the cost of fame, how they get involved in porn and they tells us about the politics of the industry and what they like to do the best. They have worked with famous stars and have stories; how they stay fir, muscular and handsome, how they maintain erections for long periods. We learn what they get paid and how they have to behave to remain in good stead with government and they tell us how being a porn star has affected their lives and off-screen relationships.

This is a fun film that is fascinatingly interesting. We go behind the scenes (or behind the behinds) and see so much more than the average porn viewer.

WARNING: This documentary is meant for adults and contains scenes of graphic sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

“STUDLEBRITY”— Looks Make the Man

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“Studlebrity”

Looks Make the Man

Amos Lassen

I must admit that when I first heard about this film I had on idea what it was about or what the title means. Now I know and I felt awfully not catching it earlier. A Studlebrity is a guy who is famous for his looks. Studlebrities are online celebrities getting their seconds of fame based only upon their outward appearances. Let’s face it, we live in a world that is dominated by celebrity status and it seems that everyone can be a celebrity for whatever reason.

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“Today there seems to be a new “social celebrity” every time we go online. We are inundated with guys famous for… well… we don’t really know”. Some of these “celebrities” have 10,000 followers on Twitter and when they post a carefully-posed half-naked shot on Instagram, they gain armies of followers that make them feel special when in actually the special they have is just what is visible. We all have heard the stories of how a handsome face and sculpted physique have helped pave the way to a charmed life (there may be more but that is all we about online). This film documentary is from Charlie David who goes a bit deeper into this new instant celebrity business.

Those of you who use social media and its websites know about the random pictures of the same guy coming across your computer screens. Many times you have no idea as to who they are but you realize that they are passed around for you to admire them. In the film we meet such half-undressed characters such as Mark & Ethan, Topher DiMaggio, Pablo Hernandez and Murray Swanby. We don’t know why these guys are famous and we really do not care. Each guy thinks that he is pretty and he knows that he is. More than that he wants to share every moment of his pretty life with you. Indeed he is a real person but he also becomes an illusion.

The film is a combination of archival video and photos from guys in conjunction with new original interview and photo-shoot style footage and this gives us “a layered look at this unique male mayhem.” We get a close look at boys who before becoming famous online just for being incredibly attractive were just regular guys. Here the guys open up about all their secret dreams and aspirations and talk about what they think of being watched.

“IT GOT BETTER”— A New Documentary

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“It Got Better”

A New Documentary

Amos Lassen

I just received word on this new documentary that sounds fascinating. It comes from the producers of ”Web Therapy” and the It Gets Better Project and is

new series that shares LGBT celebrities’ personal stories of struggle and success. It features Jane Lynch, Jason Collins, Laverne Cox, George Takei, Tegan and Sara and Tim Gunn. How have things gotten better? What change still needs to occur? What obstacles lie ahead for the LGBT Community? 

“Age Of Consent”— A London Gay Leather Bar

“Age Of Consent”

 A London Gay Leather Bar

age-of-consent-poster-slideThe documentary Age Of Consent premiered back in March at London’s BFI Flare Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and now it’s set to make its NYC debut on Saturday July 26th At NewFest! That seems like a good reason to take a look at the trailer for this no-holds barred look in the gay leather bar scene.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘This documentary by festival favourites Lum and Verow tells the story of The Hoist (open since 1996 and now one of London’s only surviving leather bars) and in doing so tells the story of gay sex from decriminalization to Grindr, taking in police entrapment, the Spanner case, safer sex and Section 28. Age of Consent is informative and eye-opening – did you know more gay men were arrested and convicted of gross indecency in 1989 than in 1966? – while being playful, funny and downright filthy.

‘Described by the barman as a ‘sneaky, sexy, dirty wee hole’, The Hoist and its patrons could be seen as representing the antithesis of the recent trend in mainstream gay politics towards assimilation. But, with encroaching gentrification and more people using the internet to hook up, what does the future hold?’

 

 

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