In the early 1990s, Gene Barnes / Portia Manson unveiled Hippie Dick! onto the world. Hippie Dick! was a Xeroxed porn zine that sought to radicalize the tired label “hippie” by mythologizing it within the faerie scene. With literary contributions and occult collages, Hippie Dick! echoed the DIY publishing craze and communal sensibility at Evergreen State College in Olympia, where Barnes was a student. There, he produced various short works of film and video, inspired by his loins, by Kenneth Anger and by his recent HIV positive test results. After graduating, Barnes moved to San Francisco where he built a micro-publishing empire, alternating between print issues of Hippie Dick! and producing made-to-order hardcore hippie porn. Barnes died in 1995, “another boy genius who’s fucking gone,” sang Kathleen Hanna of Gene’s passing on Bikini Kill’s Reject All American LP.
Dirty Looks will reproduce Hippie Dick! volume 1 for the first 100 attendees of the event and Kelly Marie Martin (aka Keroscene), publisher of thorn and executor of Barnes’ estate, will give a multi-media presentation on the zine and its legacy in advance of the screening.
Mercury Rising, super8 on digital video, 20min., 1990
Like Nothing Else (promo for Herd of Turtles), super8 on digital video, 3:40min., 1990
AIDS 101, video, 23:23min., 1989
Thank Gay I’m God, super8 on digital video, 5:30min., 1989/90
Hippie Dick! The Movie selections with by a DJ set by Mike ETC
$12 (includes Hippie Dick! vol. 1 edition)
Marcel Alcalá, Heather Benjamin, Butch Dick, Emma Kohlmann, Mike Kuchar, Brendan Lynch, Ryan McGinley, Alexis Ross, Jess Scott, No Sesso, and John Waters
Liz Lee and Cali Thornhill DeWitt
On November 7, 1991, Tom of Finland left us for the great orgy in the sky. He requested that there be no funeral upon his death, but rather a celebration. For 28 years now there has been an annual Bacchanalian affair, counter to mourning: TOM’s Bar. This year, “DaddyWood”. An interplay on the mythic paradise of “Hollywood”, the bounty of daddy’s sure to attend, and hard cock. What better way to celebrate Tom’s legacy, and his Foundation’s work as an erotic art foundation that carves space for perverts and queers alike, than to include an art show this year, and inside of a gym, no less?
Tom’s work has often dealt in the homosocial, and what better site for the intermingling of the hyper masculine and homosocial, than a gym. Thematically Tom’s work dealt in both. Gyms were are also fervent breeding grounds for the un-breeders to indulge in the ecstasy of cruising—steam rooms, and locker rooms (often represented in Tom’s work) provided a thick, cloaking blanket of anonymity and induced sweating which created a sensuous sheen illuminating the bulging muscles of pleasure seekers.
All of the work included in this show, Hard Sweat, is more or less figurative and either overtly includes or connotes the presence of genitals, and/or arousal in any form. Any work representing or causing arousal was our focus. As Tom famously said, “If I don’t have an erection while I’m doing a drawing, I know it’s no good.”
13th JULY | 8-11p
100 Boyfriends Mixtape (2016) [14m 9s – 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 – Breaking Glass Pictures]
Taxi Zum Klo was written by, directed by, and starring 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 – 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 – Strand Releasing]
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.
17th AUGUST | 8-10p
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 – Kino Lorber]
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”.
31st AUGUST | 8-10p
Excitability (2013) [32m – 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 – Magnolia Pictures]
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.
14th SEPTEMBER | 7-10p
My Most Handsome Monster (2014) [13m – 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 – 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.
28th SEPTEMBER | 7-10p
Onward Lossless Follows (2017) [16m 52s – 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 – Kino Lorber]
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.
5th OCTOBER | 7-10p
Sticks and Stones: Bambi Like (2014) [15m 57s – 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 – Strand Releasing]
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.
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.
The yearly bash at the Faultline is a beloved L.A. tradition to honor Tom of Finland and kick off the summer season with bears, boys, bare butts, and beer.
Perfect June weather — sunny and warm enough that there was the smell of man in the air — greeted the day for the annual fundraiser for the Tom of Finland Foundation, TOM’s Bar: DaddyWood
This year the event had more than expected and a more open and inclusive crowd. Seems like the Foundation is moving along with the times. Note the happy addition of more trans folk, women folk, and scary lesbian rocker folk than ever before. It’s all good.
In addition to the usual parking lot and main bar party; there was Miguel Angel Reyes intructing drawing classes; tattoos by Adam Vu Noir, Tamara Santibanez, Heather Bailey and Nathan S.; an art show curated by Liz Lee and Cali Dewitt; and contests: Best A$$, Best TOM Character, and Vogue/Ballroom categories!
There was ear-splitting music for the young folk and locals in the neighborhood: Le1F, Brooke Candy, Sky Ferreira (DJ set), Plack Blague, DJ Speedboat, SSion (DJ set), DJ Danny Lethal, DJ No Sesso, and Hardcore Tina.
Did you miss the event? Tom of Finland Foundation still welcomes your support in helping them collect and preserve erotic art while fighting the rise of censorship in America. See how you can be a part of the TOM family and help out.
Thanks to the talented Lorenzo Gomez for getting right in on the action for these great photos.