Raw! Uncut! Video!

Director: Ryan A. White & Alex Clausen
2021 | USA | 79m
GENRE: AIDS/HIV | BDSM | Biography/History | Gay | Local Interest/Subjects | Sex Work | Sexuality | Sexually Explicit
SECTION: Closed Captioned | Documentary Features | Streaming

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Mummification, mud worship, enemas, smegma: Palm Drive Video’s porn ran the gamut of wild raunch. Created in response to the sweeping AIDS epidemic, it offered viewers a safe outlet to explore niche sexualities and provocative kinks. Raw! Uncut! Video! is a love letter to the outrageous and woofy videos of the homegrown studio that changed the landscape of smut.

Legendary leathermen Jack Fritscher (former editor of Drummer magazine, where he was among the first to publish the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe) and Mark Hemry started Palm Drive on a rural ranch in Sonoma in 1984, plucking blue-collar models from rodeos, fairgrounds, and bodybuilding contests. The resulting videos covered a vast array of kink scenarios and struck a chord for their raw camera style and palpable enthusiasm. Directors Ryan A. White and Alex Clausen dive deep into this gonzo sleaze with unfettered access to the rich archives of Fritscher and Hemry and interviews with renowned fetish experts. Raw! Uncut! Video! memorializes the significance of Palm Drive and its activism, championing sex-positivity and safe sex in an era when it was crucial.

— ELLIOTT BREEDEN

This film contains sexually explicit material.

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Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 10:00pm PDT Tue, Jun 22, followed by a Q&A.

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