I absolutely loved Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story, (sexxxy) director Mike Stabile's A+ doc on the porn magnate that's making the film fest rounds.
Seed Money is at once a sympathetic but unblinking portrait of Falcon founder Holmes, an impeccably curated collection of some of the most indelible clips from the unbearably erotic movies that have become a shared visual language among gay men, and a ribald cockumentary on the commodification of M4M sex.
Chuck Holmes (top) and Mike Stabile (bottom)—which might be wishful thinking.
The film will make you marvel at the fact that clean feet and fresh-from-the-package tightie-whities could make a guy so rich, and leave such an impression on so many others just like him. Even though Jeff Stryker is on hand to reminisce, the film's money shot is its honest portrayal of a gay kid from the sticks whose drive to make something of himself and whose struggle with and eventual celebration of his sexuality wound up all but defining the history of gay porn.
Seed Money is that rare documentary that you could easily jack off to (hello, Bill Henson ... how you doin', Buster? ... 'sup, Kurt Marshall?) but that never stops engaging your brain. Though it touches only briefly on the potentially problematic nature of Holmes's taste becoming the gay community's default position on all things randy (you'll cringe when Chi Chi La Rue tells it like it was regarding what black models were and were not allowed to do on Falcon sets), that portion of the film is emblematic of its thoughtful, nuanced approach.
Think of it as yet another side of Aspen.
Make sure to catch this important film at Outfest and/or Frameline.