April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

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April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and to spread the word, we’re sharing our Balls for free on YouTube

 

WATCH the unblurred, unbleeped, balls out version here.

In the first episode of Balls we get an introduction to testicles and what makes them weird, attractive and curious to different people.  We will also meet men who have had testicular cancer and faced the removal of one or both balls.

 

Balls is a one hour documentary that covers every angle and topic we could brainstorm to do with testicles.  From sex and sports to health concerns like sperm count, torsion and bringing attention to Testicular Cancer Awareness Month we’ve left no jock-strap unexplored. 

 

Over the next few weeks during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month we will be releasing a new short video from our Balls documentary every few days.  So watch along with us as we explore all things balls related in this special men’s health series.

 

Please share with your friends, post on your social and encourage your buddies to check their balls – or lend a helping hand – it could save a life!

 

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And because it’s Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this is a great opportunity for you to check your own balls!  Do it while watching our documentary, Balls.  

 

Honestly, we encourage you to pull them out, roll them around, check for any oddities or things you haven’t seen or felt before.  This is important and something you should be doing regularly.  If you do discover new firmness, a lump, or anything strange – book an appointment with your doctor or go to a walk-in clinic to get them checked by a professional right away.  When it comes to Testicular Cancer – early detection really can save your life.

 

Testicular Examination

Self-examination can save your life. Here’s how to give your balls a regular self-check for suspicious signs:

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month self exam diagram

 

 

1. Do your assessment right after a warm bath or shower, when the scrotum is relaxed.

 

2. Stand before a mirror. Survey for scrotal swelling.

 

3. Support your testicles with your palm. Note their size and weight. This will help you discern any future changes.

 

4. Examine each testicle separately. Place your second and third fingers under one testicle with your thumb on top. Gently roll the testicle between your thumb and fingers to feel for any irregularities. Repeat on the other testicle.

 

5. Find the epididymis, the soft, rope-like structure on the back of each testicle. By identifying the epididymis, you won’t mistake it for a lump.

 

See your doctor if you note any questionable signs, especially those lasting longer than two weeks.

 

Read the interview with Balls director, Nico Stagias, in our special April series for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

 

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Honey, I’m a male stripper. Straight talk about a taboo job in series ‘I’m a Stripper’

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Hearing the phrase, ‘I’m a male stripper’ may not seem like something you’d hear regularly.   But I live in Montreal, a city that is alive with sexual expression.

 

I like to make films about sexuality — how we as a society embrace or are repulsed by it, what some see as artistic expression and others view as pornography, and where the seeds for these often very visceral reactions begin.

 

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AMW or America’s Most Wanted is a male stripper troupe of all Black men who tour in the USA & Canada. 

 

A few years ago I started my hesitant transition from on camera (actor, TV host) to behind the camera (director, producer) and have discovered I love interviewing people and following their lives in documentary. My instincts told me to follow my curiosity and in the case of my miniseries I’m a Stripper — that’s hot dudes who have entered the profession of male stripper. 

 

Sometimes being dumb-ass dudes, sometimes being surprisingly emotional and always refreshingly honest.

 

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Jakub Stefano is a male stripper who makes his money webcam modeling in episode 5 of I’m a Stripper.

 

I’m a Stripper is entertainment but it also delves into a provocative new era of sexual liberation and expression. Living in a post feminist era we are now bombarded with the male form undressed for pleasure, for provocation, and as a catalyst in advertising and media.

 

So in a world that’s approaching a semblance of gender equality – what’s it like to be a male stripper?

 

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The male stripper costumes at an AMW show are unique but adored by their enthusiastic audiences of women. 

 

I wanted to explore the questions of:

 

1) Are we reaching equalization in the exploitation of the sexes?

 

2) How are young men being conditioned to perceive their own bodies, their constructs of masculinity, and the disintegration of labels around sexuality?

 

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Male stripper Gabriel Clark finds balance engaged to a woman but dating men.

 

‘Boys will be boys’ as the saying goes and we were invited onto a pleasure island while filming I’m a Stripper. As a young twenty-something living in Vancouver, I witnessed several handsome friends suddenly working in the adult industry — either as strippers or in video. I always wondered how much $ was enough for them to say yes to that world and the lifestyle that went with it.

 

To what extent will a young person push their body, their will, or their sexual preference in order to grab some quick cash?

 

The answer of course is not easy and the young (and sometimes not so young) men in the profession of male stripper we worked with presented their own set of motivations — everything from lust for dollars, an addiction to attention, or simply loving to dance!

 

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Brent Ray Fraser explains being ‘Artsexual’ in episode 5.

 

Directing this documentary was such an adventure because I was able to immerse myself outside my comfort zone, grow and be challenged by the experience. There were many times while interviewing when I had to keep my fist planted firmly under my jaw so it wouldn’t fall to the floor.

 

These guys are shocking, competitive, profane, yet endearing. Like moss — their charm will grow on you as it feeds from you so keep some dollar bills nearby.

 

 

 

I’m a Stripper miniseries is available on all your favorite platforms including…

 

  Waiting in the Wings on Google Play     Waiting in the Wings 2

 

 

 

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I’m a Porn Star: Gay for Pay documentary

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A large number of the men working in gay porn identify as straight. This documentary explores the fascinating world of guys who go Gay for Pay.

 

 

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When did straight actors start playing gay for pay?

Over the past century of western cinema, we’ve seen a steady increase in representation of LGBTQ characters, but there’s long been a taboo against playing these ‘gay4pay’ roles, for fear of being typecast. In the 1950s to 1970s, it could be a career killer to play gay, and few actors or studios were willing to take the risk.

 

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Most examples we have were either studio films where the queer characters were villains or independent ventures by boundary-pushing filmmakers. In the 1980s, films with gay story lines were often indistinguishable from activism, and often reflected characters coming to terms with new HIV transmission and AIDS.

 

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In the 1990s and 2000s, a curious change began to take place. A-list Hollywood actors began to selectively play gay characters.  And it wasn’t about playing gay for pay.  Playing gay was associated with a new adjective – brave.

 

 

The TV series Melrose Place had a straight actor playing gay for pay in the early 1990’s – a rarity.

Doug Savant starred as Matt Fielding on a FOX series titled Melrose Place from 1992 to 1997.  I remember this story line very well as it was one of the first openly gay characters on mainstream television.

 

This depiction of a gay person  was scrutinized and censored by the network.  For example,  a kiss between Matt and guest star Ty Miller during the finale of season two was edited out at the last minute by FOX. 

 

Doug Savant left the series after five seasons and, a year later, his character was killed off-screen in a car crash.

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Watch the first 5 minutes of I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay free above!

 

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In the 1994 film, Interview with the Vampire, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt play a homosexual vampire couple although the word gay is never used in the film.  Any LGBTQ person who has read the book or watched the film knows these guys are more than just best buddies who spent several centuries together! 

 

The actors playing gay for pay were most often straight-identified men who were lauded with praise for tackling brave roles. That word, brave, has always struck a chord with me and most often, a dissonant one.

 

Why for a straight man who is an actor, who makes believe for a living, is it brave to take on a gay role? What is it about exploring the idea of love, intimacy and sexual excitement causes a wall of fear to be thrown up, a wall so high that only the most courageous would attempt to climb?

 

Suddenly, the tides were shifting. Everyone wanted a gay4pay role on their resume.  It was now a badge of honor for straight actors to go gay for pay, and many wanted to join the ranks of Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Brad Pitt, Eric McCormack, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

 

 

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The floodgates were open and it was exciting, but still confounding to chat with straight actors at auditions who would say things like, “Oh, yeah, I play a serial killer, so why not do a gay for pay role?”

 

Catch that?  Playing a gay role was associated with playing a serial killer.  Decades later and the queers are still being villainized in common conversation, often unintentionally.  I’m sure comments like this come with the best intentions, they’re just most often uninformed. 

 

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Today, it seems we’ve finally reached the point where it’s no longer breaking news when an actor tackles a gay for pay role, regardless of their personal stated or still often unstated sexuality.

 

 

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Intrigue has refocused online into the world of pornography. Curiously, there is a disproportionate percentage of men working in gay porn who identify as straight. Why would a straight man do gay4pay porn?

 

What motivates him to try this or make a career out of it?  Why is there such keen interest and debate into the sexuality and personal lives of these men?

 

And what does it say about us, the viewer, that so much of gay porn is dominated by images of straight men? Are there shades of internalized homophobia emerging?

 

Why might we be turned off if the man on screen looks, sounds or behaves in a way that is identifiably queer?

 

To try and answer some of these questions, we interviewed men from some of the most popular and prolific studios, which fetishize straight men.  Performers like Will Braun, Dennis West, and Justin Bryant Adams.  I also spoke with gay performers like Eddie Stone, Brent Everett, Alex Mecum, and Diego Sans about their experiences working with straight guys.

 

We also hit the streets of Toronto and San Diego to test the curiosity and opinions of the public. Welcome to the curious, surprising and always outspoken world of straight men who go gay for pay.

 

I invite you to watch I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay and join in the conversation.  I always love to hear your reactions so please be sure to rate, review and comment wherever you rent or purchase the documentary.

 

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Director’s Statement – I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay

 

Curiously there are a disproportionate percentage of men working in gay porn who identify as straight.  This is called working as a gay for pay or gay4pay performer.  But why would a straight man do gay porn?

 

I’m a filmmaker. My job is to provoke you to think and hopefully start a conversation after watching my work. In my opinion, it’s not my responsibility to tell you what your opinion should be.

 

Instead of emulating Sally Field (“You like me. You really like me!”) I’d rather the subjects of my films make you uncomfortable. Love them, hate them – doesn’t matter to me. Just consider them.

 

As wise old Rumi said, “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

 

I was asked by a TV network to make a documentary about straight men working in gay for pay porn. There are reams of digital 0 and 1s filling cyber space with people arguing, guessing, colluding, and fantasizing about what the real sexuality of these men are.

 

That doesn’t actually interest me and I’ll be blunt here and suggest it shouldn’t intrigue you either. That conversation is about putting a label on a person. It’s our responsibility as a society to stop reducing each other to labels and they are many – fat, slut, white, black, poor, privileged, straight, queer – you get the point.

 

I hope I can poke your curiosity beyond firing up your labeling machine and to an arena that considers broader questions like…

 

What does it say about us, the viewer that so much of gay porn is dominated by images of straight men? Are there shades of internalized homophobia emerging?

 

Why are so many young people considering porn as part of their career or financial paths?

 

What are the ramifications of straight producers, directors and performers making gay for pay porn?

 

Does this entertainment accurately reflect our bedrooms?  Does it need to?

 

Is it a mockery to have straight men doing gay for pay porn? Or is it an example of how far acceptance and visibility for LGBTQ people have come?

 

Is this the entertainment the gay porn audience wants or is it simply what’s being offered?

 

To answer these questions the documentary interviews men from some of the most popular and prolific studios that feature straight men. Gay performers also add their perspective about working with straight guys.

 

Please watch the documentary, consider these questions and then comment. Let’s start a conversation. Let the 0 and 1s fly!

 

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Find out more about Director Charlie David here.

Director Charlie David discusses his film Positive Youth.

 

 

Did you know that I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay is actually a sequel?  You can watch the first film, I’m a Porn Star here.

 

 

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