Charlie David Spring 2017 update

Charlie David Spring 2017

With Spring in the air, I thought it would be a good time to reach out and say hello… again!  Here’s the Charlie David Spring 2017 update. 


Thanks for stopping by my site and for your interest in my books, TV shows and films.  As you may know, I’ve been taking a step back from in front of camera work and doing more directing and producing – which I love. 


It’s incredible when I’m working on a documentary to find how generous people are to welcome me into their lives and living rooms – even when we’re discussing some pretty heavy and often taboo subjects.  We’ve recently released I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay following straight men doing gay porn and Ballsa film about men’s testicular health, masculinity, and gender identity. I hope you’ll check them out.


Rodiney Santiago & Charlie David Spring 2017

Rodiney Santiago & Charlie David, Photography by Photo Studio Miami


On the scripted side I’ve been developing the screenplays for Shadowlands, which are from a book of short stories by the same name that are paranormal and homoerotic.  I’m currently putting together my cast and crew to film the first episode in summer 2017.  So excited!! 


My friend Rodiney Santiago (in photo above) actually inspired one of the scripts in the series, Pygmalion Revisited.  We were doing some photo shoots together and his chiselled physique made me think of a statue.  Though the updated shooting script isn’t the same story you’ll find in the Shadowlands book, I hope that like me you’ll find the new version even more compelling.


And we have a new comedy series titled Popporn that we’ve just released on Amazon, Vimeo and YouTube rentals.  Keep your eyes peeled for this one, it’s a lot of fun! 


I’m often asked what social media I’m on.  After some practice and play I’ve discovered I use the following the most, and I invite you to connect with me on these platforms:









I always create content with the LGBTQ and Ally audience in mind but we still try and distribute it as widely as possible on places like Vimeo, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play.


It’s super duper helpful when you rate and review my books and shows.  So please, don’t be shy – share your thoughts and tell your friends about the ones that got you thinking. 


My goal with each project is to create a conversation.  It’s not to tell you what to think, it’s to introduce a topic I find compelling and hope you’ll find something worthy of new thought and discourse as well.


Thanks for visiting and I hope you’ll spend some time exploring the shows in the Charlie David Spring 2017 update.  I appreciate you being part of my creative journey. 


All the best,


Charlie David



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Director Blake Mawson on his controversial Russian LGBT horror film, PYOTR495

Blake Mawson film Pyotr495

Blake Mawson is a talented filmmaker creating compelling new work in horror. 

His first film, Pyotr495, busts genre stereotypes and will stay with you long after the final credits. 

We’ve just started working with director Blake Mawson at Border2Border Entertainment and really hope this is the first of many films for him.  When I first watched Pyotr495 at the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival last year, it picked up another award – the RBC Best Emerging Canadian Artist Award.  


Awards are great of course and this latest accolade was simply adding to the collection for Pyotr495, which include the Best Horror Short at Flickers’ Rhode Island Film Festival.  It’s also been nominated for the Iris Prize, the world’s largest short film prize as well as the SITGES Brigadoon Paul Naschy Award. 


For me the film was a nightmare (in the best possible way!) on so many levels.  It really stayed with me and has had me contemplating all the privileges we enjoy in countries with LGBTQ rights and protections.  Especially now, at a time when being queer in places like Russia, Chechnya, Uganda and Jamaica (to name a few) is still life-threatening.
I sat down with Blake Mawson recently to discuss his film and invite you to watch it first to get the full impact and then join our conversation.


CHARLIE DAVID: You’ve created a film that’s scary on so many levels. It excels as a horror film but it’s also a social commentary on the horrors that LGBTQ people have faced throughout history and still in countries around the world including our own. Was there any specific event that inspired you to make this film?


BLAKE MAWSON: Yes. I’d written PYOTR495 in January of 2014 after Uganda’s “Kill The Gays” bill had just been passed a month earlier, the Sochi Olympics were underway, and the media was bombarded with images of targeted abductions and attacks against LGBTQ people. I wanted to respond with a scenario that I felt could have empowered someone in these seemingly hopeless scenarios, and take that anger and frustration I was feeling and have it manifest on screen in an explosive way. Obviously, the problem didn’t stop after the foreign press left either. We’re now seeing an alarming, growing number of targeted abductions and attacks against LGBTQ people today globally.


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From Pytr495


CHARLIE DAVID: I’ve watched it a few times and I still get chills. The main character Pyrotr is on a dating app and there’s this revelation when he shows up for his date that he’s been lured here. Pyotr is asked if his friends know where he is and he responds no. I think there must be so many of us who have been in similar situations on a date or hook up. It gives you pause right?


BLAKE MAWSON: I think there’s always a risk that you take when you go to meet someone online. Sex is very private for many people, particularly if you are still in the closet and nobody would really know where you’d gone missing to if it was through a random online encounter. Discretion definitely aids Pyotr’s assailants in this particular scenario, as it has in many of the actual attacks which have taken place.


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From Pytr495


CHARLIE DAVID: Why was it important for you to create this layered exploration of some of the monsters in society?


BLAKE MAWSON: I suppose with the way things are going in today’s society, nothing’s really more frightening to me than the human race itself. The classic Hollywood boogie-men of film can no longer hold a flame to some of the monsters we have coming into power around the world today. In North America, we’re now faced with having the civil liberties of many of our friends, peers and loved ones revoked. The impending dread of what comes as result of the recent election feels more visceral and present than any horror film I’ve ever seen – the horror of a fractured system for so many has become a reality around the world.


CHARLIE DAVID: As you began sharing the film Pyotr495 at film festivals around the world what kind of reactions were you getting from audiences? Were they aware of the gay propaganda law in Russia?


BLAKE MAWSON: When we made the film, I think we had been naive to assume that many people would already be aware of the attitude towards LGBTQ people in Russia and the violent anti-gay abductions and attacks which the film had been based upon. Surprisingly, that was not the case at all. Many people did not know, but it allowed me to travel to festivals around the globe and talk about LGBTQ rights with an audience who normally may not be presented with, or consider that type of subject matter at genre festival. It allowed us to create discussion and raise awareness in the process of showing the film.


CHARLIE DAVID: Why was it important for the film to not become tragic?


BLAKE MAWSON: I think the LGBTQ community is incredibly resilient and has overcome so much throughout history and is unstoppable in so many ways. I wanted this film to reflect that spirit in an extreme way, an absolute refusal to sit down and just take whatever is thrown at us, and instead stand up and say ‘Actually, if you come for us, then you better watch out. You’re in for a big surprise.’ I believe that if you try to bury or oppress something for long enough, it’s eventually going to surface in ways you never imagined…


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From Pytr495


CHARLIE DAVID: How do you think the experience of LGBT dating is different for a person in Russia versus a country with LGBT rights?


BLAKE MAWSON: Dating in most cosmopolitan cities in North America for an LGBTQ person is a pretty privileged situation. In most cases, we don’t even need to think twice about how we present ourselves publicly or who knows about our sexuality, but there are still so many places in the world where it’s heavily frowned upon and/or dangerous to live openly or express affection in any kind of public way, and that includes conservative pockets of North America too. That type of fear exists for people outside of the Western bubble, and there’ll always be work to towards acceptance on a global scale.


CHARLIE DAVID: The film has been so well received at festivals around the world and picked up several awards along the way. Why is it important for the film to be seen and talked about now?


BLAKE MAWSON: With what we’ve seen is happening in Chechnya with the anti-gay purge and concentration camps for gay men, these human rights abuses by Chechen authorities where journalists covering the story are receiving death threats and being forced to flee the country – this is obviously a very clear sign that things are not getting any better and are in fact worsening in many parts of the globe. While I’m not claiming that our short film is solving any of world problems, I do think it is important that we use our voice as artists and as people in any way possible to draw attention to these injustices and continue to raise awareness.


I think if I can use genre-type film to put an audience in the shoes of the people who are experiencing this type of terror and hatred, make them uncomfortable and have them realize that this is actually not so make-believe in the end, that this type of horror is real – then we can begin to open people’s eyes and reach an audience in unexpected ways.


CHARLIE DAVID: It’s easy to become complacent in Canada or the USA or England or Australia when it comes to LGBTQ equality. How would you encourage others to look beyond our own borders to help in the struggle for freedom still being fought in so many places around the world?


BLAKE MAWSON: I would say to use your voice in whatever way you can. Continue to put pressure on your lawmakers and representatives to address these human rights issues directly with the leaders of countries who do not have human rights protections for LGBTQ people, email your Russian Embassy and let them know that you won’t sit quietly while this type of injustice is going on. Join in on local demonstrations and donate to organizations like the Russian LGBT Network and their emergency support program where they are helping to evacuate and provide support for vulnerable, at-risk LGBTQ people from Chechnya currently.


Get in touch with Blake Mawson through his social below. 

Blake Mawson by Eddie O'Keefe

Photo of Blake Mawson by Eddie O’Keefe.

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For more context on the current state of where it’s still unsafe to be LGBTQ, check out the documentary film, Beyond Gay the Politics of Pride


It gives an excellent overview of LGBTQ rights around the world and places where the struggle is still very real.


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Do you have a millionaire mindset?

millionaire mindset - Charlie David

What is a millionaire mindset and how do you become a millionaire?  Same way you eat an elephant, one small bite at a time. If this is one of your goals (It was one of mine since I was a teenager – attaining a millionaire mindset, not the elephant eating!) then it’s time to stop wishing and start making it YOUR reality. Consider this your invitation.

In about 15 minutes you can start investing – smart, super low fee, and put it on autopilot. If you’d prefer a secure financial future to eating cat food out of tins or living in a van down by the river… here’s a simple way to start.
You can begin investing in YOU now starting with just $25/month and watch your money grow. And how about this sweet little bonus, use this link and get your first 10k managed for free – no matter if it takes you a day or years to invest that amount. 

Part of having a millionaire mindset is recognizing a deal.  You need to be a bargain hunter in all aspects of your life.  Buy low, sell high isn’t just for the stock market – it’s for jeans, groceries, 2 for 1 movie tickets, cars, houses – you get the picture. 

So if you’re currently investing in mutual funds with your bank – they are probably charging you 2-3% on your money. Yikes. Those fees eat away at your potential portfolio growth. 
Financial analysts used to say that 6-8% earnings on an investment portfolio was good and would protect you for the future.  Over the past few years things have changed – a lot.
Analysts now state we will be happy to see 4-5% earnings.  So if we’re paying 2-3% in fees that actually leaves us making… 1-2%.  Hmmmm not so great. 
I’m gonna stop talking now and just encourage you – take 15 minutes and get your finances on track. Your future you will be super thankful. Your future you may even take you out for dinner! And it won’t be cat food. Unless that’s your thing. Then you can have all the cat food you want!
millionaire mindset - Charlie David & elephant

Don’t worry, we will not eat each other.  We enjoy our hang time too much.  We have agreed referencing each other for the purpose of illustrating a financial idea like adopting a millionaire mindset is totally cool though.  

Having a millionaire mindset is actually a lot of work – at least at the beginning.  Your road to become a millionaire will involve a lot of planning and a lot of patience.  Unless you win the lottery.  It takes time, effort and diligence – day after day until one day – you arrive.  Then you maintain, keep practicing, keep learning and keep investing. 
Putting at least some of your investing on autopilot with super low fees is a great way to start.  Think of it as a commitment to the well being of future you. 
It’s the first bite out of a big dream.  Are you hungry enough to start? 
** This is not a paid endorsement – I’m not cool enough to be a social influencer or whatever those Instagram models are called.**
This is me concerned for my friends and their future. There’s lots of great ways to invest.  Wealthsimple is just one of the investment vehicles that I use and have had good experiences with so far.  As always – do your research, find a place to save that makes sense for you. Whatever route you go – start now.**

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