Interior. Leather Bar.

  • 60'
  • USA
  • 2013
Actor James Franco and director Travis Mathews star as themselves in a docufiction that is a reminder of a notorious case of censorship. In 1980, William Friedkin had to accept a cut of forty minutes to his film Cruising. In later video and DVD releases, these scenes of explicit homosexual action remained missing.
The purpose of Interior. Leather Bar. is not a perfect reconstruction, but rather to raise the issue of Hollywood’s homophobia and American attitudes towards sexual politics in general. This attempt at re-imagination questions the concept of normalcy and alerts us to unspoken taboos. The undercover actions of Al Pacino, who in Cruising is hunting a serial killer in New York's gay scene, become an appeal for self-investigation.
On another level, the film is also a fine-tuned documentary about the process of making a film and the dynamics of finding a comfortable position in another person’s story. Screened together with Tiger Morse.

Directors
James Franco, Travis Mathews
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
60'
Medium
HDcam
Language
English
Producer
Vince Jolivette
Production Company
RabbitBandini Productions
Sales
The Film Sales Company
Screenplay
Travis Mathews
Cinematography
Keith Wilson
Editor
Travis Mathews
Production Design
Liz Phillips
Sound Design
Chase Keehn
Music
Santiago Latorre
Cast
James Franco, Travis Mathews
Website
http://interiorleatherbar.com