Friday, April 4, 1997

Hard As Hell

The Lost Gay Erotica of Fred Halsted

Castro Theater

Fred Halsted was the most notorious gay underground filmmaker of the 1970s. Tonight we present three extremely rare films, Sex Garage (1972), LA Plays Itself (1972), and the extraordinary Sex Tool (1975). Each film contains scenes that are censored out of their video releases. Halsted was one of very few artists working in gay erotic film. His films combine grungy poetic lyricism, brutal sadomasochistic imagery, and an uncompromising vision of masculinity, influencing filmmakers as diverse as Derek Jarman and Bruce LaBruce. (Programmed by Joel Shepard)