Interior. Leather Bar.

Interior. Leather Bar.

USA, 2012, 60 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, GLBT
Language: English

Plays in the Best of Cinema Q Film Festival - Repeats Tuesday, July 23 at 9:20pm
Digital presentation - 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.

Sponsored by: Biennial of the Americas

INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. trailer from Travis Mathews on Vimeo.

DIRECTOR: James Franco, Travis Mathews
Producer: JAMES FRANCO, IRIS TORRES, MICHAEL LANNAN
Editor: TRAVIS MATHEWS
Screenwriter: TRAVIS MATHEWS
Cinematographer: KEITH WILSON
Principal Cast: VAL LAUREN, JAMES FRANCO, TRAVIS MATHEWS, CHRISTIAN PATRICK, BRENDEN GREGORY

Official Film Website

The following short films will screen before this film...

  • In Their Room: London

    In Their Room: London

    USA , 2013 , 32 min.
    Director: Travis Mathews Screens with INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR on Friday, July 19 at 7:30pm and as part of the whole IN THEIR ROOM series on Saturday, July 20 at 2:15pm Digital presentation - After the San Francisco and Berlin episodes of his In Their Room series about gay men and their bedrooms, in the third in... more

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  • In Their Room: Berlin

    In Their Room: Berlin

    USA , 2011 , 61 min. Screens as part of the entire IN THEIR ROOM series on Saturday, July 20 at 2:15pm Digital presentation - Shot over the course of one day, Travis Mathews documents the sex lives of several gay men in Berlin, “some coupled, some single, some hooking up.” Through conversations with frien... more
  • In Their Room: London

    In Their Room: London

    USA , 2013 , 32 min. Screens with INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR on Friday, July 19 at 7:30pm and as part of the whole IN THEIR ROOM series on Saturday, July 20 at 2:15pm Digital presentation - After the San Francisco and Berlin episodes of his In Their Room series about gay men and their bedrooms, in the third in... more
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