Big Tuesday with James Franco, Travis Mathews, Christy Whilhelmi & Dustin Lance Black
This Tuesday, we welcome filmmaker and Academy Award nominee, James Franco and his co-director, Travis Mathews of the new film Interior. Leather bar. ahead of it’s July 20th screening at Los Angeles’s 2013 Outfest.
Also on Tuesday’s show, Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black will be calling in to share his thoughts on the recent Supreme Court rulings and Christy Wilhelmi from Gardenerd.com will be stopping by the studio to discuss summer gardening and her new book Gardening For Geeks. Joining as co-host will be Brendan Bradley.
Travis Mathews is an award-winning filmmaker whose movies focus on gay men and intimacy. Informed by a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a background in documentary, Travis takes a thoughtful and naturalistic approach to filmmaking while maintaining a sense of humor in his work. In 2009, Travis started an ongoing documentary series called IN THEIR ROOM about gay men and bedrooms. The first of several episodes was filmed in San Francisco, followed by Berlin (2010) and more recently, London (2012). Ira Sachs (KEEP THE LIGHTS ON) calls the series, “deeply intimate,” and credits Mathews with “a kind and empathetic eye as a filmmaker and a new voice needed to tell our stories.” John Cameron Mitchell (SHORT BUS) refers to Mathews as “refreshingly honest, a new voice giving queer cinema a much needed injection of emotional intimacy.”In 2010, TLA awarded Mathews’ narrative short, I WANT YOUR LOVE, “Best Short” honors. The feature version of the same name played dozens of festivals worldwide in 2012. Andrew Haigh (WEEKEND) calls I WANT YOUR LOVE, Mathews’ feature debut, “a bold film with rare insight into the uncensored lives of a generation of gay men.”
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.
Christy is founder of Gardenerd (gardenerd.com), the ultimate resource for garden nerds, where she publishes information-packed monthly newsletters, weekly blog posts, and podcasts. She also specializes in small-space, organic vegetable garden design and consulting. She holds regular organic gardening classes in California, and has co-taught organic gardening at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Christy has been a board member of Ocean View Farms Organic Community Garden in Mar Vista, California since 1999, and gardens almost entirely with heirloom vegetables.
Between 70-80 percent of her family’s produce comes from her garden of less than 200 square feet. Her writing has appeared in From Scratch Magazine, Edible Los Angeles & Edible Westside magazines, LowImpactLiving.com and the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market Wrap-Up for Patch.com. Christy has appeared on the Emmy nominatedHome and Family Show, KCAL 9 News, Rosie on the House radio and Good Food with Evan Kleiman.
Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, producer, director and social activist, having won the Academy Award® and two WGA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for MILK, the biopic of the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn. He is also a founding board members of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) which is leading the Federal Case against Prop 8 in CA with lawyers David Boise and Ted Olson.
Since winning the Oscar in 2009, Black has split his creative time in order to fight for LGBTQ equality at the Federal level. Beyond working with the American Foundation For Equal Rights (AFER), he is on the Board of the Trevor Project, a national LGBTQ youth suicide hotline. Black has also been on an international equal rights speaking tour, and was one of a handful of organizers of the LGBT March on Washington in October 2009 where he spoke to an audience of over 150,000 demonstrators in front of the Nation’s Capital.
Mr. Black has had three books published, has written for every major screenwriting magazine, contributes to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post, topped the list of OUT Magazine´s 40 under 40, and has repeatedly been named one of the 50 most powerful LGBT people in America today.