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 FILM SCREENING, LECTURE / TOWN HALL HOTEL, LONDON, U.K
RYAN POWELL
Commissioned by Fringe! Film and Arts Fest
 

The development of the gay porn industry in the United States, following the loosening of censorship in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, enabled filmmakers to use pornography as a popular vehicle for experimenting with gay male representation at a time when more mainstream forms were off-limits. While these films were meant, first and foremost, to act as a turn-on for viewers, they also explored narrative possibilities, developed political rhetoric and experimented with film form. Looking at a compelling array of seldom-seen film clips and related ephemera, this lecture exploreD how sex, art and politics came together in theatrically-screened gay porn, from the rural fraternalism of Pat Rocco’s Kiss (1970) to Jean- Claude van Itallie’s agitprop exploration of corporate office-sex in American Cream (1971).

 

Ryan Powell is assistant professor of Cinema and Media Studies at The Media School, Indiana University, where he is also affiliated faculty with the departments of Gender Studies, American Studies, and The Culutral Studies Program. His research and teaching interests span film and video historiography; minor and microcinemas; audiovisual media in socio-sexual culture; queer theory, history and politics; cultural geography (with a focus on non and anti-metropolitan modalities); intersections between industrial and non-industrial cinema; spatiality and representation; and independent, underground and experimental cultural production and performance.

LIBERATION PORN : THE RADICAL POLITICS OF THE SEVENTIES GAY MALE SEX