13th July – 5th October
13th JULY | 8-11p
100 Boyfriends Mixtape (2016) [14m 9s – Written and Directed by Brontez Purnell]
Veteran Bay Area performer and artists, Brontez Purnell makes his directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical “video mix tape”, which was filmed on digital video, VHS and 8 MM film. Relying on his punk rock aesthetic to give the world a peek into his singularly unique perspective, 100 Boyfriends Mixtape takes the viewer on an unforgettable ride that’s as audacious and hardcore as it is experimental.
Taxi Zum Klo (1981) [1hr 38m – Written and Directed by Frank Ripploh]
Taxi Zum Klo also stars Frank Ripploh. The film is a dark comedy of manners that wryly explores the life of a Berlin school teacher and the contrasts between his public and private lives. Shot on location with many characters appearing as themselves, the film documents gay culture in West Berlin in the brief moment post gay liberation and before the onset of AIDS, around 1980. Ripploh has stated that much of the film was autobiographical.
27th JULY | 8-11p
Cuerpo (2018) [10m 4s – By Mar Citlali]
Cuerpo is a continuous collage of imagery showing the body in it’s most visceral modes of movement and gratification. The body dancing, sweating, and fucking is displayed via original and reappropriated footage constantly built, layered, and disintegrated.
Mysterious Skin (2005) [1h 47m – Directed and Written by Greg Araki with Novel by Scott Heim]
Mysterious Skin tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who are sexually abused by their baseball coach, and how it affects their lives in different ways into their young adulthood. One boy becomes a reckless, sexually adventurous male prostitute, while the other retreats into a reclusive fantasy of alien abduction.
Meet Mar Citlali and win a chance to own the movie poster above!
Come early, bring a picnic (we’ll have drinks), and see Gio Black Peter’s work.
17th AUGUST | 8-11p
You Will Never Be a Woman. You Must Live the Rest of Your Days Entirely as a Man and You Will Only Grow More Masculine with Every Passing Year. (2008) [8m 44s – Zackary Drucker, in collaboration with Van Barnes, Mariah Garnett and A.L. Steiner]
In You Will Never Be a Woman, two trans-identified women share moments of love, insult, and masochism, exchanging both kiki and kai kai languages. Their syncopated exchanges oscillate from hateful to loving, blurring the distinction between lover and enemy – a position that both women seem to share. The two characters prepare each other for a larger, more dangerous culture of intolerance and violence, occupying multiple roles and preparing on all fronts as they appropriate and enact the fetishistic language of sex ads, assault the spectator, antagonize (“read”) each other, and ultimately regain their agency.
Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991) [55m – Written and directed by Ilppo Pohjola, made in cooperation with Yle/TV2 and Tom of Finland Foundation]
Tom of Finland is one of the major icons of the gay world. His provocative erotic drawings have had an enormous influence on gay identity, attitude and self-understanding. This ground-breaking work combines interviews with Tom (prior to his death in 1991) and his leather men acolytes with hundreds of his original drawings and steamy fantasy scenes inspired by his work. The viewer is treated to hundreds of vividly rendered portraits of male models, ranging from “Drummer Daddies to fellow artists”. The film includes interviews with the artist’s models, associates and intimates, not to mention a dramatized journey into “Tom’s soul”.
New Digital remastered version. Durk Dehner will talk about the film.
Win a chance to own the movie poster above! Posters will be signed by Durk Dehner. [Additional copies for sale @ $10]
31st AUGUST | 8-11p
Excitability (2013) [32m – Written and Directed by Vanessa Roveto]
Excitability: To attain the lyrical existence that the poetics of experimental work demands, one must veer toward a traumatic and violent disequilibrium rooted in concrete irrationality.
Tickled (2016) [1h 32m – Directed by David Farrier, Dylan Reeve]
In Tickled, journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
Win a chance to own the super cool, double-sided movie poster above!
14th SEPTEMBER | 7-10p
My Most Handsome Monster (2014) [13m – Written and Directed by Madsen Minax]
My Most Handsome Monster combines performance video, text and narration, archival family footage, and landscape meditation to examine the dynamics of erotic power, and the collapse of intimacy, violence and transformation through the practice of consensual BDSM.
BloodSisters (1995) [1h 2m – Directed by Michelle Handelman]
From pushy bottoms to macho femmes, BloodSisters is an A-Z documentary guide that takes an in-depth look at the San Francisco Leatherdyke scene during the mid-nineties.
Win a chance to own the lobby poster above!
28th SEPTEMBER | 7-10p
Onward Lossless Follows (2017) [16m 52s – Directed by Michael Robinson]
Onward Lossless Follows takes a trip over desert landscapes to the great digital future unknown. Along the way, stock videos show women celebrating in front of their laptops, horses fly, and an unsettling meet-up burgeons into a relationship full of love and loss.
Sebastiane (1976) [1h 26m – Written and Directed by Paul Humfress, Derek Jarman]
Sebastiane portrays the events of the life of Saint Sebastian, including his iconic martyrdom by arrows. The film, which was aimed at a gay audience, was controversial for the homoeroticism portrayed between the soldiers and for being dialogued entirely in Latin.
Win a chance to own the poster above!
5th OCTOBER | 7-10p
Sticks and Stones (2014) [15m 57s – Written and Directed by Silas Howard]
Sticks and Stones is an intimate documentary about a song, a street, and a diva. Bambi Lake, a notorious San Francisco transgender performer and entertainer, takes us on a stroll down Polk Street, sharing anecdotes and the history behind her song “Golden Age of Hustlers”, which was written about her time as a street hustler in the mid-’70s. She landed on Polk Street after a stint with the Cockettes and prior to regular gigs at renowned ’80s/’90spunk venue, the Mabuhey Gardens.
Hustler White (1986) [1h 19m – Written and Directed by Rick Castro, Bruce LaBruce]
In a plot reminiscent of Sunset Boulevard, Hustler White transposes the action from the silver screen’s old movie backlots to contemporary male prostitution and the porn industry. The film, which like all of LaBruce’s work is sexually explicit, includes a controversial amputee sex scene. Codirector Rick Castro cast real male hustlers and his former models, including Tony Ward, as amateur actors.
Win a chance to own the flyer above! Very rare Japanese promotional item with stills by Rick Castro and signed by him.
Times above are when doors open.
Films begin ½ hour after that.
FREE for ToFF Members
$12 for non-members. [You can join when you arrive!]
Light refreshments offered.
INTERIORS SAY WHO ONE IS.
WHEN I THINK OF INTERIORS THE IDEA OF RELICS IN A PERSONAL SPACE COMES TO MIND. TOM HOUSE IN ECHO PARK, CALIFORNIA REFLECTS THIS IDEA.
TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION WAS FOUNDED BY DURK DEHNER AND TOM OF FINLAND (BORN TOUKO LAAKSONEN) IN 1984, THEN JOINED BY HIS PARTNER S.R. SHARP IN THE EARLY ’90S. TOM HOUSE IS A EROTIC OASIS IN A WORLD THAT’S BECOMING INCREASINGLY DRY.
TOM’S WORLD IS ALL ENCOMPASSING, AS ACCEPTANCE BECOMES GREATER FOR LEATHERMEN AND KINK. YES, TOM WAS FROM FINLAND AND RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE, BUT THE MAGIC OF TOM HOUSE COULD ONLY EXIST IN LA.
Text and images by Rick Castro. Castro is a photographer/filmmaker/writer/blogger. He has lived in Los Angeles his entire life.
Rick Castro shows us the interior of Tom of Finland’s LA home (now Tom of Finland House), and in that way, shows us insights into the character of Tom when he lived in LA in his later life. The interior is recognisable as an early 20th century familial home, with all of its spaces organised in a formal and traditional way. However, the décor is a celebration of Tom’s love for leather, fetish and gay iconography. A fine art portrait of a gimp on the wall, with a remote control visible in the corner. A large Tom of Finland piece on the staircase, above tidy carpeting with hair dryer in the bathroom behind. Teapots and harnesses. This home, is a superb reflection of the man and it contains the physical manifestation of his memories and experiences.
“If no one’s trying to censor you, then you’re probably not doing anything that important.” —Hector Silva
I explore themes of cultural identity, because as Latinos, we are often erased from the social portrait. and then when you add being queer to that, we can really disappear. But I also think that the “positive image” strategy can be a trap, and as an artist, I feel responsible for showing art that is not only beautiful but truthful.
I want my work to be accessible, always giving the viewer a way into the image. I feel that ‘high art’ often excludes people, and I am strongly against that. I think art should invite people in and engage them in a conversation, aesthetic, political, philosophical, erotic, whatever.
When I make art, my intended audience is not only the person that attends museums and galleries. I feel very strongly that art belongs in the streets. Putting art in the streets has been part of Latino culture for a long time, and we see it all the time, from murals to graffiti. I consider myself part of that tradition. I think art belongs in the street, and on the street is a lot of art.
Hector Silva is a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles who has been producing work for more than 20 years. He is very community-oriented and was recently selected as one of Adelante‘s 20 individuals, who are among the most influential within the Latino Gay and Lesbian community, for his position as a role-model, innovative thinker, and leader in social change. Being raised in Jalisco, Mexico and now living in Los Angeles, Silva draws from the rich Latino/Chicano culture that has always surrounded him and incorporates it into his artwork. He pulls from the exposure he has had to public art, such as murals and graffiti, and appreciates the fact that it allows any person to interact with and admire it. Silva accredits religious iconography, Frida Kahlo, M.C. Escher, Tom of Finland, and Chicano prison art as his primary influences. Exploring themes of cultural identity, Silva feels a responsibility to portray not only beauty, but truth in his artwork. Today, Silva’s work is collected internationally, receiving acclaim in the US and abroad.
in 2018, Silva was inducted into Tom of Finland Foundation’s Artist Hall of Fame.
A large number of works by Hector Silva are currently on view in the TOM House Drawing Room. For tour information please call 213.250.1685
Tom of Finland Foundation is one of the largest repositories of erotic art in the world. In an effort to share what we have in our collections, we showcase different artists.
BOUND aims to create experiences that place emphasis on sonic encounters and visual stimuli, with the exploration of pleasure and pain.
Bound’s mission has been to occupy spaces and generate unique experiences for femme-identified, GNC and trans people that are “freer” from the discordant gaze of society.
Buck is the founder of Buck Angel Entertainment, a media production company. A transsexual man, he received the 2007 AVN Award as Transsexual Performer of the Year; he now works as an advocate, educator, lecturer, and writer.
Fetish attire desired