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Los Angeles in the year 2005: 19-year-old lads move
through an apartment that has been equipped with webcams and looks like
some sort of futuristic internet doll’s house. Not-quite-so-young men
fulfil their sexual dreams as protagonists in bareback productions.
And, at private sex parties, almost every second guy has either taken
part in a porn film or wants to.
In 1997, I followed on camera the fortunes of a group of men who had
chosen to wok – either artistically or commercially – with their
bodies. This footage later become part of my 1998 documentary, SEX/LIFE IN L.A.. I’m still in touch
with some of the men in that film, these include: lone battler Kevin
Kramer, mature shooting star Cole Tucker, American boy-next-door Matt
Bradshaw and friends of the occasional model John Garwood, who died of
an overdose in 1998. Some of these men have successful careers behind
them, others have left the sex industry altogether.
Driven by a sense of adventure or by their narcissism, young men today
are still keen to put their own stamp on porn cinema. But the days of a
purely non-commercial fulfilment of one’s sexual desires has long gone,
and the interests of consumers, models and producers no longer
coincide. Gay life – like the entire industry – has become something of
a profession and is now thoroughly commercialized. Young models begin
their sexual careers in internet containers; they enter the business
fully aware of their self-exploitation and yet, at the same time, they
are somehow unconscious of how they are being exploited. Meanwhile,
bareback video producers scout the country in their motorhome on the
lookout for new protagonists.
But can there be winners in this game? Is there anything left of sex
itself? And is there a life after porn?
Filmposter by: seefood productions, Berlin