Raw! Uncut! Video!

First show: September 28

Q&A with Directors Ryan A. White & Alex Clausen after the screening! 

Co-Presented by Frameline!

R!U!V! chronicles the rise and fall of homegrown gay porn studio Palm Drive Video, and explores how a devoted couple helped battle a devastating health crisis by promoting kinky sex.

Legendary leatherman Jack Fritscher met Mark Hemry in 1979 at Harvey Milk’s birthday party- and the two fell head over heels in love. When the AIDS epidemic swept through San Francisco, the couple left the city to begin a new venture: turning a rural ranch in Sonoma County into a safe-sex porn studio that offered viewers new sexual possibilities in an age of plague. Casting rugged non- professional models to explore their unique erotic fantasies onscreen, the studio explored a wide array of queer kinks- and helped champion sex-positivity in the porn industry.

Directed by Ryan A. White & Alex Clausen. 2021. 79 min.

Director Bios:

Ryan A. White is a documentary filmmaker whose award-winning films have screened around the world. He spent four years in Hanoi, Vietnam working as Film Advisor for the World Wildlife Fund’s Greater Mekong Program, then relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, where he produced and directed two documentary features, Camp Unity (2010) and Mondo Banana (2013). Other documentary credits include Cruising Elsewhere (2016), co-directing Dirt McComber: Last of the Mohicans (2018), producing The Organic Life (2013) and associate producing Pray Away (2020) and Out Run (2016). Ryan also lectures in the Department of Communication at California State University, East Bay and the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Alex Clausen is an interdisciplinary artist that lives and works in Forestville, California. Clausen earned a bachelors degree in Art and Physics from the University of California, Davis, and a graduate degree from the California College of the Arts. He was awarded a Graduate Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts for the 2006 – 2007 year. Clausen has exhibited both work at Rena Bransten Gallery, the San Jose Institute for Cotemporary Art, the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Kala Art Institute, the Exploratorium and is part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco collection.


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