Interior. Leather Bar.
Director Travis Mathews scheduled to attend | May 18 & May 19
USA | 2013 | 60 minutes | James Franco, Travis Mathews
James Franco partners with gay film director Travis Mathews to recreate the sexually explicit scenes cut from the controversial 1980 film Cruising, an experiment that uses filmmaking to break down the barriers between straight and queer worlds.
May 18, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
|9:30 PM||Date has passed|
May 19, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
|3:30 PM||Date has passed|
Hollywood multi-hyphenate James Franco teams up with gay film director Travis Mathews to workshop a production that imagines the 40 minutes of sexually explicit footage, cut to avoid an X Rating, from William Friedkin's controversial 1980 film Cruising. However, Interior. Leather Bar. is not that footage. Nor is it a documentary. Nor a porno. It is an experiment in boundaries, one that uses the language of film and the workaday camaraderie of a film set to break down the barriers between the straight and queer worlds. Franco may be the magnet that brings together this production, but the star is Val Lauren, a self-professed Al Pacino fanatic and long time friend of Franco's, who reluctantly agrees to star in the new footage. Lauren worries that his comfort level will be overly challenged and, as a straight actor, appearing in an explicitly sexual gay film may upset his career. That, according to Franco, is the point, to challenge oneself to face uncomfortable situations and to make art that celebrates sex in all its forms, be it straight or gay, S&M bootlicking or sloppy oral sex.
James Franco has become multi-faceted in his endeavors as a student, artist, writer, director, and actor. He has earned accolades for his performances in James Dean, Milk, and 127 Hours and also starred in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Spider-Man trilogy. Additionally, Franco wrote and directed The Broken Tower and directed Sal and Saturday Night. Travis Mathews is an award-winning filmmaker whose movies focus on gay men and intimacy. In 2009, he started an ongoing documentary series called In Their Room about gay men and bedrooms. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) refers to Mathews as “refreshingly honest, a new voice giving queer cinema a much-needed injection of emotional intimacy.”
Sponsored in part by Babeland, Ingeniux
|Director:||James Franco, Travis Mathews|
|Principal Cast:||Val Lauren, James Franco, Travis Mathews, Christian Patrick, Brenden Gregory|
|Running Time:||60 minutes|
|Producer:||James Franco, Iris Torres, Michael Lannan, Vincent Jolivette|
|Cinematographers:||Keith Wilson, James Franco, Travis Mathews, Samantha Barrows, Seana Carroll|
|Filmography:||I Want Your Love (2012)|
|US Distributor:||The Film Collaborative|
|International Sales:||The Film Sales Company|