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Friday, August 29 • 11:30pm - Saturday, August 30 • 1:00am
Interior. Leather Bar w/ short film Feast of Stephen by James Franco

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In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, "Cruising." Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage. Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and "off camera," as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. The film itself is constructed as a play with boundaries remaining queer in subject and form. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about an exploration of sexual and creative freedom, "Interior. Leather Bar." defies easy categorization. 

CAST:  Val Lauren, Christian Patrick
DIRECTORS:  James Edward Franco, Travis Mathews
PRODUCERS:  Keith Wlson, Iris Torres


James Franco

Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco, is Jewish, and his father, Doug Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent. Growing up with his two younger brothers... Read More →

Travis Mathews

Travis Mathews is an award-winning filmmaker whose movies focus on gay men and intimacy. Informed with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a background in documentary, Travis takes a thoughtful and naturalistic approach to filmmaking while maintaining a sense of humor about it... Read More →

Cast & Crew

Val Lauren

Val Lauren has been a long time member of the repertory theater company "Playhouse West", a west coast division of Sanford Meisner's "Neighborhood Playhouse" in N.Y.C. He starred in numerous plays including four originals written by and co-starring Scott Caan. Val then made the transition... Read More →

Friday August 29, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday August 30, 2014 1:00am PDT
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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