Indie Focus Thursday premiered with an in-depth conversation with Jesse Metzger, the star of the landmark gay film, “I Want Your Love”. Part of what made “I Want Your Love” so remarkable was it gave rise to the breaking out of another off-the-radar performer into the forefront of gay independent cinema, Brontez Purnell.
Brontez Purnell is the star and director of “100 Boyfriends Mixtape” which was the premier film as NakedSword Film Works (NSFW), the bold, new, independent film arm of NakedSword, debuted in February. Described as an, “unforgettable ride that’s as audacious as it is experimental,” Brontez Purnell’s uses “100 Boyfriends Mixtape” to give an explicit tour of sexual misadventures.
Not that Brontez Purnell would ever be considered shy, but as he said his friend, writer Kenyon Farrow, being in “I Want Your Love” galvanized his artistic vision of how porn meets art to tell a story that would not be complete without both elements:
“Seeing my weiner go in a butthole at the premiere at the Castro Theater almost made me shit myself I was like, “Woah, well THAT happened…” and I have to say all in all it was a positive experience for me. Yeah, I think they approached the sex in the movie in a VERY intellectual way which I totally thought was new, awesome, and very very needed.”
Brontez also share with Kenyon Farrow that while you may not see him on the screen, you did indeed see him in HBO’s “Looking”
“The character “Frank” on looking was loosely based off of me (I remember getting the email of the script when I was trying out for Looking and it was like, “Frank; 31, African-American, came from down south (I’m from Alabama), in a band, lives in bohemian West Oakland … ” I ALMOST FUCKING DIED). But then I read the script and it seemed to me that Frank was to be the peripheral Black boyfriend, you know? And also the problem with me is once I’m on film there’s nothing peripheral about me.”
A combination of these experiences and Brontez’s wild ride through life all culminated with spectacular results in “100 Boyfriends Mixtape”:
“It’s essentially a choreo-movie (not dealing in straight narrative but like with pictures, voice over, text, poetry, performance pieces, etc.) Because of my proximity to “I Want Your Love” and “Looking” I knew I couldn’t get away with having a movie with just a bunch of fags talking about wanting to find love so I’m opting to do something more experimental.”