Glossy magazines, porn awards, washboard stomachs and muscular pinups.
Hollywood faithfully provides the public with a seemingly inexhaustible
flood of male erotica. But there does come a time when the spotlights
are turned off and the male models go about their own private lives
within the city of palms on the pacific coast. Thepotentialities are
enormous: innumerable clubs, sexhotlines and the sheer magnitude of
partners to choose from. Nine young men in Los Angeles. Photomodels,
porn actors, callboys, male hustlers, photographers and performance
artists. They all have one thing in common: they earn their living with
Matt Bradshaw, award winner and one of the most nominated porn actors
in the Gay Porno Video Awards, Kevin Kramer -,,the beautiful
Californian boy" and already a legend in the domain of male erotica is
planning his transformation from porn star to legitimate actor. Super
model Tony Ward, in collaboration with renowned photographers Herb
Ritts and Bruce Webber, has been crowned the ,,Body of L.A.Ò and roused
the personal interest of popstar Madonna. Cole Tucker, a successful
businessman, has realized a long-cherished dream - to have a career as
a porn star. Rick Castro, photographer and chronicler of the life of
male hustlers on Santa Monica Boulevard, is searching for the ultimate
male pinup. Artist Ron Athey reminisces about his stirring performance
pieces dealing with the suppressed traumas of an ever-fleeting
consume-oriented gay subculture.
The body is both the object of desire and subject of art to each of the
men presented here and they all give and take of their bodies freely.
Not for the sake of power but to achieve a life-style full of
excitement and diversity which can only be seen to enhance the
limitations setup in run-of-the-mill America. For some - like the
former porn actor John - it doesn't work out and ends up in tragedy.
For Tony Ward it leads to his breakup with the pop icon Madonna and
results in his banishment from paradise.
You've never seen stories of human accomplishments and failures
presented so intimately as they are here. SEX/LIFE IN LA reveals the
other side of celebrity and offers us a behind-the-scenes outlook into
a creative part of society that is often hidden from and has remained
undiscovered by a major portion of the pubIic. The film entertainingly
outlines and stirs up fascinating images of Los Angeles. lt depicts in
an extraordinarily intrinsic and erotic manner, the strategy of
survival of its protagonists in the epicenter of gay-male imagery.