#films4fags @ #tofARTfair | 6th October | LA

Saturday, 7 – 10p

Born to Raise Hell 1974 (85 mins)

The standard that all Gay SM films are judged by around the world. The SM is authentic: whipping, pissing, beating, shaving, fisting, dildos, clothes pins, bondage, groveling, verbal abuse, defiled asses. The men are very masculine, very real. Sidney Charles of Drummer magazine wrote, “What can you say about a movie that’s so hot it needs to be handled with asbestos gloves… The movie to see with someone you love to beat, or be beaten by.” Legendary filmmaker Fred Halsted said, “The best SM film I’ve ever seen”.

SPECIAL GUEST: Writer and Director, Roger Earl.

Win a poster signed by the director!

It is Not the Pornographer That is Perverse 2018 (69 mins)

An omnibus film comprised of four short films with interconnected themes and overlapping characters. “Diablo in Madrid” is inspired by the Pasolini short film “La Terra vista dalla Luna”. “Uber Menschen” finds a professor visiting Madrid and contemplating killing himself when an Uber driver talks him out of it. “Purple Army Fiction” is a reworking of certain ideas developed in LaBruce’s feature film The Raspberry Reich. “Fleapit” is an homage to films that depict people having sex in movie theatres, from Lamberto Bava’s Demons to Frank Perry’s Last Summer and beyond.

SPECIAL GUEST: Director, Bruce LaBruce.

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Get a Piece of Skin Off Bruce LaBruce

Bruce LaBruce and Tom of Finland Store form a happy (open) relationship

If you are not familiar with Bruce LaBruce’s work, he is sort of a bastard love child of Kenneth Anger and John Waters. Maybe a little scarier. His first claim to fame was the zine J.D.s in 1985. And that little chapbook essentially made the ’90s homocore scene possible. He also made a bunch of crazy-ass films meant to challenge everything you hold dear about God and country. What a relief to let go of all those old ideas.

Hustler Hiding (Madrid), 2009, Courtesy of the artist and ToFS

His fetishized views on sexuality and his tendency to include very hardcore sex scenes in his films and art work make his current offerings through the Tom of Finland Store a perfect match. Even 30-something years after the launch of J.D.s, Bruce LaBruce can still shock — in that way you like to be shocked.

Bruce LaBruce and Joakim Andreasson (ToFS creative director) have announced the online reiteration of Faggotry. Following retrospective gallery exhibitions and programs in London (Gallery 46), Madrid (La Fresh), Los Angeles (Lethal Amounts) and New York (MoMA), the online platform will be made up of over 100 photographs that LaBruce has produced over the past 25 years, and are now available as part of an exclusive offering via Tom of Finland Store.

The presentation includes photographs from film sets, candid shots of fellow artists, friends, and collaborators, photographs made for movie promotion and posters, excerpts of shoots for magazines, photography for gallery shows, and documentation of live performances.

Klaus von Brucker #2 (No Skin Off My Ass production still), 1990, Courtesy of the artist and ToFS

“To be honest, I just keep doing what I’ve always been doing. It’s the political spectrum that keeps shifting, although its goal posts always seem to shift more and more to the right side of the spectrum in terms of capitalism, corporatism, and neo-liberalism. My work has never been particularly accepted by the gay orthodoxy, and as assimilation advances, it’s even less popular!”
Bruce LaBruce on the Glory Hole blog

By Christopher Harrity



The Artist’s Round-Table: Legendary Figures On Generating Queer Counterculture

Writer and performance artist Ron Athey invites crucial queer figures of the 1970s and 1980s counterculture to TOM House in Los Angeles. 

the sublime moment that gave the movement meaning

Pictured: Ron Athey, Durk Dehner, Sheree Rose. Photography by Rhys Ernst.

I was born in 1961. I was fucking in the 70s! I was aware of the cultural movements that had made me possible, but I look backwards. I never contemplated attending a Pride celebration without thinking about its catalyst, the Stonewall Riots of 1969. And being raised in a primarily black area of Pomona, I am sufficiently aware of the Black Panther Party to be able to appreciate the antecedents for today’s Black Lives Matters (not to mention the style and gestures offered up in a recent Beyoncé video). There were separatist movements for women, gays, and people of color. This was the era of the commune and the safe space, a time when the cruising space became affirmative in a pre-AIDS reality. For this issue of Out, I brought together a group of figures who were not only present, but also key organizers of the seminal events spanning four decades, to recall their experiences.
-Ron Athey

The participants include: 

Toro Castaño, author and co-curator of a recent show at the ONE Institute about the early-’90s phenomenon, Club Fuck!

Durk Dehner, cofounder and president of Tom of Finland Foundation

Fayette Hauser, member of San Francisco’s legendary Cockettes, and most recently involved in the Hippie Modernism show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

Amelia Jones, professor in art and design at USC and author of many books, including Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts

Bruce LaBruce, Canadian filmmaker and artist whose films include Hustler White and L.A. Zombie

Glen Meadmore, artist and musician, who collaborated with Vaginal Davis in the thrash-metal concept project PME

Sheree Rose, performance artist and photographer who documented the BDSM scene of the 1980s


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