Experimental - Completed 2019

A video companion to the Artforum “Best of 2018” Instagram feed of the same name, Ask Any Buddy fragments from over 125 gay adult films to create a kaleidoscopic snapshot of urban gay life in the years following the Stonewall Riots—or at least how it looked in the movies.

& Awards

Contrast Film Festival 2019
BFI Flare 2020
CineKink 2020
BFI Flare 2021
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Experimental, Documentary, LGBT
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 78 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Evan PURCHELL
    • Producer(s)
    • Evan PURCHELL
    • Synopsis
    • Long before films like LOVE, SIMON and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME became common fare at the multiplex, the only places gay men could see their lives and lusts depicted on screen with any degree of honesty was at their local all-male adult cinema. From coming out stories to romances, melodramas to camp comedies, the hundreds of films churned out by the gay adult film industry throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s were a driving force behind the spread of gay culture and constitute a largely forgotten cinematic document of the era — films that were often shot in actual queer spaces, starred the people who frequented them, and then played back in movie theaters that doubled as safe communal spaces for members of the community.

      ASK ANY BUDDY is a feature-length video companion to the Artforum ‘Best of 2018’ Instagram feed of the same name. The piece uses fragments from 126 theatrical feature films spanning the years 1968-1986 to create a kaleidoscopic day in the life snapshot of urban gay culture in the era — or at least how it looked in the movies.

      From casual tearoom cruising to actual police raids, ASK ANY BUDDY uses rare footage shot at dozens of real bathhouses, bars, movie theaters, pride parades and legendary hotspots like New York’s West Side Piers to explore both the sex film genre’s unique blend of fantasy and reality and its role in documenting a subculture that was just starting to come into visibility in the years immediately following the Stonewall Riots.