Can A Porn Company Distribute Independent Film?

James Franco has praised it. So has John Cameron Mitchell. But thanks to its controversial content, most people will only be able to watch ; I Want Your Love’ online – and that suits the film’s unconventional distributor just fine.

From the start, ‘I Want Your Love’ was a cinematic hybrid. Acclaimed indie director Travis Mathews’s feature about gay relationships was too explicit for most producers — but it wasn’t exactly porn either. This week, NakedSword, a company best known previously as a distributor of gay hardcore film, used its prowess to release “I Want Your Love” in a way that tries to bridge the gap.

“We got interested in this project because we believed in Travis, but we backed it because we believed we were the best company to help him reach that audience. We weren’t afraid of the content.

Tim Valenti, president of NakedSword

Started as an experimental collaboration, ‘I Want Your Love’ went on to become one of the most talked about gay films of the year, with a premiere at San Francisco’s Frameline Festival, sold out shows at Outfest in Los Angeles, and a screening at Lincoln Center in New York. With reviews in Variety and mentions in the New York Times, the theatrical audience wasn’t exactly a raincoat crowd.

Still, Valenti, a pioneer of online video distribution, knew from the beginning that a film that with any explicit sex, theatrical release was going to be limited. Just last week, exhibition of the movie was barred in Australia when the country’s film classification board banned it from screening at a gay and lesbian film festival.

Uproar was quick – and loud. James Franco, a co-director with Travis on the Sundance favorite ‘Interior. Leather Bar’. made a video in support of the film that soon went viral, helping the movie become NakedSword’s most popular debut ever.

There’s still a lot of unease about dealing with sexual content, even in the gay community, even in independent film distribution. But for us, that’s an advantage.

Tim Valenti

It’s also a strategic move. The adult industry has been crippled by piracy, and Valenti saw in ‘I Want Your Love’ a chance for his own company to evolve. Once primarily a distributor for studio-produced content, NakedSword has more recently moved aggressively into production — including live event coverage, a gay news blog and original series. Valenti’s media model looks less like a traditional porn studio and more like the path of an HBO or a Netflix.

“We know what gay men watch, we know how they watch and now we’re in the business of creating the content they watch”. In a piece for Huffington Post, Valenti argued that new distribution models such as his may lead to a golden age for gay filmmakers by giving them the tools to reach different audience segments at once.

When ‘I Want Your Love’ premiered this Monday on NakedSword.com, the release straddled two worlds – one adult, one independent. NakedSword has built a stand-alone film site that features digital downloads, rentals, and DVD sales as well as a worksafe presentation that highlights the film over the flesh. Even some gay press, he says, is still hesitant about linking to a porn site.

“This is movie about gay life and relationships”, said Valenti. “If we wanted to just sell sex, we could have made another porno. But where’s the challenge in that?”

Gucci by Gucci Sport

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Gucci by Gucci Sport showed up as an aromatic woody fragrance, and is the new version of 2008’s Gucci by Gucci. The new Gucci fragrance bursts to life with a light twist of fresh and fruity notes. Unlike its sporty name, Gucci by Gucci Sport has an elegant and classic smell with a powerful, long-lasting aura.

Gucci by Gucci Sport is a new, fresher and lighter fragrance to suit the demands of a spontaneous lifestyle. I don’t necessarily link it literally with sports. It’s more a sporty state of mind. Meaning, off-duty time and the attitude that comes from being relaxed and carefree.

Frida Giannini, Gucci creative director

Gucci by Gucci Sport for Men opens with citrusy fresh notes of eucalyptus, cardamom and grapefruit. Even though it may resemble Bvlgari’s Aqva Pour Homme or David Beckham’s Intense Instinct, Gucci by Gucci Sport is still unique in its composition and seduction.

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Perfume continues to impress with mandarin, cypress, juniper berries, cypress, ambrette seed, vetiver and patchouli notes. Sinfully rich and deeply luring, this fresh woody fragrance is simple irresistible.

When I have smelled this stunning fragrance for the first time, I really appreciated it much. It is a masculine and a manly-man fragrance that describes powerful strong men. I adore such perfumes, especially ‘real’ men wearing them.

 

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It is sealed in a crystal flacon filled with green juice and with an arresting style. Gucci by Gucci Sport is available in two sizes, 50 and 90 ml Eau de Toilette. Other products availble are a Showergel, Deoderant spray, After Shave and AfterShave Balm.

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