ABOUT THE FILM
The 1980 film Cruising (starring Al Pacino as an undercover cop investigating a murder in the NYC gay leather bar scene) was plagued with controversy, and its director was forced by the MPAA to cut 40 minutes of sexually explicit material. Those 40 minutes have never been screened publicly. Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews set out to reimagine what might have transpired in those lost scenes in this intriguing film about the making of a film.
The cameras roll as Franco and Mathews assemble a mix of gay and straight men, including the likeable Val Lauren in the lead role. What emerges is a portrait of the fascinating dynamics that drive the filmmakers’ need to challenge normalcy, the interplay of celebrity and experimentation, and the dilemma faced by actors struggling to reconcile who they are with the idea of performing in a sexually explicit, gay, S&M film. The result is a provocative exploration of the importance of the radical and transgressive in society and the value of engaging with things that scare us.
Directors Travis Mathews, James Franco
Writer Travis Mathews
Producers James Franco, Iris Torres, Michael Lannan
Executive Producer Rabbit Bandini Productions
Editor Travis Mathews
Cinematographer Keith Wilson
Cast Val Lauren, James Franco, Travis Mathews, Christian Patrick, Brenden Gregory
The World, except for North America
HDCAM, Blu-Ray, DVD
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