New Doc Examines Gay-4-Pay Porn Performers

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Actor/filmmaker Charlie David, best known for his work in gay independent cinema, takes on a fascinating, sometimes controversial subject in a new hour long documentary. In "I'm A Porn Star: Gay4Pay," David chats with guys who identify as straight, but are willing to have sex with men--including performing as bottoms — on camera for money.

The filmmaker also interviews gay identified performers, who say they have no problem working with straight guys--it's just a job, after all.

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"There is such intrigue and interest into what the real sexuality of these performers are," David tells SFGN as he explains what drew him to the project. "Our society still has this insane urge to label each other in every conceivable way. It's completely reductive and often destructive. With this documentary I knew the expectation of many viewers would be to reveal all these straight guys doing porn as closet cases. I'm more interested to provoke the audience to reflect on why this is happening and what are the ramifications of having straight producers, directors and performers creating fantasy material for gay men."

David admits that some of the models were hesitant to speak out of fear of raising their porn visibility—most haven't told their families about their careers.

"Certainly it was a smaller group of models who were willing to be interviewed for the film and it took a few months of actively searching to find subjects who trusted me and wanted to tell their story," he said. "Of course it's understandable. There is a huge stigma around this. To discuss publicly how they have sex with men for money but may have a wife or lead a hetero-normative life otherwise is unfortunately a courageous act. What they are doing is a big societal taboo."

David was able to find a diverse array of models who were willing to talk, like Curtis, a blue collar dude with a wife who supports his porn work. The recently married couple are starting a new business and saving up for a house, so Curtis' extra income is much needed. And though he says he'd never have sex with a man off camera, Curtis admits he's begun to enjoy his on-camera gay sex. The film shares a heartwarming Skype call between Curtis and his wife.

"In my opinion they are the type of people who have lost a lot of family and friends over this and so now they live completely openly with a 'if you don't like it FU' attitude," David explains. "It sounds harsh and in ways it is but what they have as a couple is actually quite beautiful. I think a lot of people would be immensely happier in their relationships if they could be as honest with each other as this couple."

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Gay porn star Brodie swears that he's in it strictly for the money, but fellow model Dennis West admits that his gay porn experiences have made him "hetero-flexible" in his private life.

Perhaps the sweetest story in "I'm a Porn Star: Gay4Pay" is one which involves two gay performers. Alex Mecum and Diego Sanz had enjoyed a wonderfully romantic one night stand a few years back. They each felt something for the other but lost touch. Imagine their delighted surprise when they meet each other again—on a gay porn set where they're scheduled to perform together.

According to Charlie David, the gay-4 pay models who insist they are indeed straight aren't lying to themselves—regardless of what they remain willing to do on film for money.

"I think the biggest challenge for our society to overcome is its obsession with reductive labeling," he said. "People may go through many types of sexual experimentation during different phases in their life. I think a more healthful way forward would be to respect that there's a broad spectrum of experience. Let's put away our labeling machine unless an individual expressively requests that we address or recognize them in a specific way."

"I'm a Porn Star: Gay4Pay" can now be viewed online at Amazon, Vimeo and Google Play. Vimeo Link: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/imapornstargay4pay/


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