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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
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