Breaking Gay Male Stereotypes @ qFLIX Philadelphia

Somehow these four seemingly unrelated set of films, both features and documentaries share some important commonality. All of them share in the breaking of stereotypes of the gay male and the gay male lifestyle, from rebellious to anthropological to blue collar to low country guys.

The two features, Perfect Cowboy and Fourth Man Out, portray all too infrequently the more ordinary guy in working-class, small country town worlds, where many gay men always have and still continue to live, work, and play, while still expressing their sexual orientation but perhaps without the overt gay-ifying of their lives and loves. These type of men haven’t been shown on screen before and intentionally both emphasize and celebrate diversity of our community in new and different ways that perhaps the gay urbanite hasn’t given much credence or thought.

Certainly, these films suggest and project clearly and definitely a male bonding. Nowadays the buzz word is “bromance” of which Fourth Man Out might be categorized in some ways as having elements. On the other hand, Perfect Cowboy presents a less explicit type of man-on-man relationship and deliberately wants to be considered a “family film” according to the director. It’s about an atypical family and its style is a breaking away from fleshy, sexual fantasies. Even the title has its own sense of irony if not intentional wordplay.

These films offer viewers the opportunity to see the guy thing, the man’s world in various lights, each distinguishing themselves from one another while retaining, even loosely a connection.

Folsom Forever | 2014 | USA | 72 min | Documentary, History, Music | Director: Mike Skiff | English

Thursday, July 9 @ 9:30 PM @ the Prince Theater   EAST COAST PREMIERE

In 1984, a scrappy little neighborhood in San Francisco home to many low-income tenants as the heart of the gay male leather scene faced destruction from the bulldozers of redevelopment and the AIDS crisis. The Folsom Street Fair was started to call attention to gentrification and raise money for AIDS charities. What started out as small and neighborly, grew to be the largest kink/fetish event in the world, doing a lot of good along the way.

Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story | 2015 | USA | 71 min | Documentary, Biography, History | Director: Michael Stabile | English

Friday, July 10 @ 9:30 PM @ the Prince Theater         EAST COAST PREMIERE

SEED MONEY is the story of Chuck Holmes, a San Francisco pornographer turned activist- philanthropist. With Falcon Studios, he helped shape and create gay identity in the years after Stonewall, and later became a major contributor to gay advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT Victory Fund, only to find later in life that while his money was welcome in philanthropic circles, he sometimes wasn’t.

SHOWN WITH: Been Too Long at the Fair | 2015 | USA | 7 min | Documentary | Directors: Charles Lum, Todd Verow | English

The Fair Theater in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the oldest continually running gay porno theaters in NYC, managed to stay open while all the others closed. As a patron of the Fair, the narrator recalls the sexual encounters he had there over the last 35 years.

Perfect Cowboy | 2015 | USA | 110 min | Drama, Family | Director: Ken Roht | English

Friday, July 10 @ 5:00 PM @ the Caplan Theater     EAST COAST PREMIERE

Like Fourth Man Out, this film breaks down stereotypes of more mature gay men who aren’t actually cowboys (though they can ride horses) but live and work in a rural community where they’re two gay fathers to an ambitious and up-and-coming local country western singer Mark. When ex-con and former local celebrity guitar-swinging, trouble-making, beer-guzzling, Jimmy Poole returns from prison to reunite with his longtime lover Tyler, Mark is pushed out of the band and home. As Jimmy returns to his good old ways of performing and fighting, issues arise regarding betrayal, HIV, troubled marriages, broken homes, estranged families, and jeopardized love.

Fourth Man Out | 2015 | USA | 86 min | Comedy, Drama | Director: Andrew Nackman | English

Saturday, July 11 @ 7:15 PM @ the Prince Theater  CENTERPIECE FILM – EAST COAST PREMIERE

It’s a guy thing. Blue-collar friends in a small, working class town enjoy beer, hockey, bodily functions and chicks. Except for one, a 20-soemthing car mechanic, Adam. Adam is attracted to guys. The foursome in true male bonding not only accept his sexual orientation but decides to play matchmaker in their hilarious attempts at finding their gay buddy a boyfriend. Rude, funny, daring and unconventional in its portrayal of the type of gay men rarely presented in film. Its bawdiness not only breaks stereotypes but entertains in a genuinely comedic way. It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser film and features GLEE’s Chord Overstreet and The Office’s Kate Flannery.