Here’s a link to an interview with James Franco who co-directed the feature ‘Interior. Leather Bar’ that will premier at Sundance in a few days. I was a story consultant, working with Travis Matthews, the writer and co-director. Fingers crossed it gets a good response!
Just heard some really good news. Travis Matthews’ new feature screenplay, ‘Brontez and Rick’ is one of five scripts to be selected for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab 2012 in LA. I had the honor of consulting on the screenplay during the drafting process, and I can say that it richly deserved this accolade. Let’s hope that it will help take the development process forward, and that the movie will actually get made!
Here’s what Outfest says:
“Since 1997, over 2000 scripts have been submitted to the Outfest Screenwriting Program. What began as a screenwriting competition has expanded into a dynamic three-day, mentor-led workshop in Los Angeles for selected screenwriters. The authors of five screenplays will be invited to participate in an intensive laboratory during which they will work closely with Lab Mentors — established writers who will critique and encourage their work.
To be held in June 2012, with a follow up event during Outfest 2012, the lab will include sessions with other industry professionals, structured career development opportunities and participation in ongoing festival events. Past Lab Fellows have gone on to a variety of successes including production of the first Outfest Screenwriting Lab script! Click here to read more about it.”
Dear all, Travis Matthews has almost reached his funding goal for this worthwhile documentary project. If you can support him, you will be doing him, and Bay Area independent film, a big favor. Full disclosure: I fully endorse Travis’ work and have contributed to this project. I urge you to join me.
EDIT: Update – Travis made it! The project is fully funded and he’s off to London next week – thanks to any and all of you who helped out.
Exciting news from across the pond today, Travis Matthews‘ feature, I Want Your Love will open the very Fringe! festival in London on Thursday April 12th. I had the privilege to work on the project as a script consultant and I can tell you that the film will be a real splash. It’s honest, frank, sexy, well acted and a brave experiment in independent filmmaking. Matthews is rightly spoken of in the same breath as Andrew Haigh and John Cameron Mitchell as an important member of the newest new wave of gay filmmakers.
Here’s the blurb from Fringe!
THURSDAY 12th APRIL 9pm
Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE
Tickets: Hackney Picturehouse. £8
‘I Want Your Love’ is an unapologetically voyeuristic insight into the sexual and emotional interactions of a young man, Jesse, and his extended group of friends, as he struggles to take responsibility for himself after years of treading water in freewheeling San Francisco.
In his first feature length film, Travis Mathews builds on the experience of making his ground breaking ‘in Their Room’ series of shorts, which laid bare the intimate and erotic lives and obsessions of young gay men in Berlin and San Francisco.
Funded by porn company, Naked Sword, ‘I Want Your Love’ contains explicit sex scenes, but it’s so much more, it deals with the complexities of contemporary gay identity with candor and empathy. The sex is real but so are the actors’ emotions. Mathews effortlessly mixes the erotic with believability, no easy task. But its Mathews’s solid yet informal script and screenplay and sensitive direction that marks ‘I Want Your Love’ out as an important moment in queer cinema. Opening the door for a new wave of gay filmmaking, sharing small yet poignant personal stories.
Much like Andrew Haigh’s ’Weekend’ Mathews’s ‘I Want Your Love’ explores the possibilities for queer cinema to deal with the subtleties of gay life. His bold unapologetically realistic portrayals of gay sex are a refreshingly honest reflection of the contemporary gay experience. Coupled with beautiful but low key cinematography and a rocking soundtrack.
Out There magazine is all about bring you the best of global queer culture we are therefore very proud to present Travis Mathews. A ‘one-to-watch’ film maker that we feel represents a very welcome breath of fresh air, and will continue to grow and tell our stories with honesty and wit.
‘I Want Your Love is an intense, intimate film with a fantastic soundtrack and stunning visual beauty that will haunt you long after the final scene.’ -Scott Heim author of “Mysterious Skin”
‘Intimate, sexy and unflinchingly honest, I Want Your Love is a bold film with rare insight into the uncensored lives of a generation of gay men’ – Andrew Haigh, Director of Weekend