"Mostly it was just me and my partner, Tom, along with Tanner and Matt. Totally run and gun, guerilla style.”
Amajority of the selections at this year’s NewFest, the annual LGBT film festival that took place last week, dealt with the underlying theme of physical attraction and sex. From documentaries to narrative features, explicit sex scenes and boundary-pushing explorations of formerly taboo topics dominated the offerings at the 25th installment of the festival.
Travis Mathews and James Franco screened Interior. Leather Bar., their fictionalized doc about remaking lost footage from the 1980 film Cruising. Kink, a documentary by Christina Voros, focused on Kink.com, a San Francisco-based website dedicated to the subculture of bondage and S&M. Even two of the most critically lauded offerings, Chris Mason Johnson’s Test and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, showed gay sex in an explicit and unapologetic light.
With so much screen time dedicated to gay’s getin’ it on, it’s not surprising that the films explored the topic of gay romance quite thoroughly as well. And the role that nightlife plays in gay relationships wove its way through many of this year’s selections—most prominently in Getting Go: The Go Doc Project, an experimental film by Cory Krueckeberg starring New York go-go dancer Matthew Camp.
“New York nightlife was one of the first sparks of inspiration for the story,” says Krueckeberg. “It seemed that even if we weren’t able to penetrate the world all that much, the hint of it would be interesting.”
In order to capture a glimpse of notoriously difficult-to-film gay New York nightlife...