Interior. Leather Bar.
Interior. Leather Bar.
In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, “Cruising.” Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage.
Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set, actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and “off camera,” as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. The film itself is constructed as a play with boundaries remaining queer in subject and form. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about an exploration of sexual and creative freedom, “Interior. Leather Bar.” defies easy categorization.
In Their Room/London
In Their Room - London
After the San Francisco and Berlin episodes of his “In Their Room” series about gay men and their bedrooms, in the third installment Travis Mathews introduces a handful of gay men living in the UK capital. As they are getting ready for a casual hook-up, they open up about their expectations and share their innermost desires and thoughts on sex, romance and relationships.
Mathews' work benefits from his ability to strike a unique connection with his characters, who get comfortable with their physical as well as emotional nudity in front of the camera. With a tender insight and a striking eye for seemingly small but significant details, he sensitively compiles a mosaic of male sexuality, intimacy and vulnerability. (reposted from INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRAGUE)
In Their Room/Berlin
In Their Room - Berlin
The latest episode continues to voyeuristically document what goes on in the minds and bedrooms of urban gays. In Berlin, Mathews lingers on the tension and circular nature between intimacy and loneliness by documenting a handful of Berliners -some single, some coupled, some hooking up- over the course of one day.
In Their Room/Berlin is 60 minutes and set for release in early summer 2011.
In Their Room/SF
In Their Room
In Their Room is a video web series about gay men, bedrooms, sex and intimacy. The first 20 minute episode was made for Butt Magazine in 2009 and focused on 8 different men alone in their San Francisco bedrooms. In each episode you see them doing everything from the most banal to the most erotic with complimentary interviews about fantasies and vulnerabilities. Subsequent episodes focused on individual guys (Brontez, Matt, Will, Dino, Myles, Eric, Eli) alone in their rooms.
As of 2010, In Their Room is traveling to different cities to see and hear from gay men all over. The first of these episodes will be shot in Berlin.
The first episode was featured to great praise in Butt Magazine, won “best erotic film” at Good Vibration’s Indie Erotic Film competition, and is currently playing festivals.