'Folsom Forever' directed by Mike Skiff and 'Narcissist' directed by Eric Casaccio at Out Twin Cities Film Festival hosted by Theatres at Mall of America
'Folsom Forever' and 'Narcissist' on a double bill.
Q&A with Mike Skiff, director of 'Folsom Forever', following the screening.
Folsom Forever (USA) RT: 72 min.
If you thought San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair was just about leather and kink, FOLSOM FOREVER will give you a whole lot more to think about. This new documentary by Mike Skiff bares the social, political, charitable and cultural underpinnings of the world's most notorious bacchanal.
In 1984, a scrappy little neighborhood in San Franciscohome to many low-income tenants and the heart of the gay male leather scenefaced 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. Incorporating interviews with organizers, scholars and politicians while utilizing archival footage (Harvey Milk! The Village People!) as well as of the 2012 festival, FOLSOM FOREVER tells the story of how this little street fair grew into the biggest outdoor kink and fetish event in the world, and managed to do a lot of good along the way.
At a time when the mainstream response to AIDS was to close bathhouses and sex clubsdescribed by Drummer magazine publisher Jack Fritscher as a "Puritan reaction to the pleasure houses"BDSM was marketed as the ultimate safer sex and the Folsom Street Fair became a place for people of all persuasions to express their proclivities in a public forum. The annual Fair now draws 400,000 people from all over the world, supports indie bands, provides a big boost to business and tourism, and last year awarded $330,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations.
For those just interested in the hot stuff, FOLSOM FOREVER provides plenty of full frontal nudity and a tantalizing array of kink. But learning about its history and contributions to the community will make you feel even better about getting off.
'Narcissist' (USA) RT: 18 min.
'Narcissist' directed by Eric Casaccio, is the story of a kind soul (Evan) who attracts a dark knight (Rob) into his life. It's almost as it's meant to be until Rob goes from a charming man to a manipulative individual who suddenly pulls the carpet out from under Evan, smashing his heart into a million pieces.
Evan's post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ends up taking him to a place of truth while Rob spirals into his own midlife crisis.
Sometimes one must experience darkness to find a true authentic light.
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