To coincide with the one-year anniversary re-release of I Want Your Love, dancer/musician/artist and cast member Brontez Purnell sat down with his friend, writer Kenyon Farrow, to discuss the film, what it’s like to see himself have sex on screen, how he inspired one of the characters on Looking, and his own film project in the works.
Kenyon: So Bronny, I just have to say, I was afraid to see I Want Your Love. Not because I didn’t want to see you naked or have sex (too late for that. LOL), but because I thought a film with real-live sex would just be glorified porn with a threadbare story wrapped around it. In fact, I was wrong (yes it happens once in a while). I actually really enjoyed it. What attracted you to doing this film?
Brontez: Well my boy Justin Kelly (who did the Danny video for my band The Younger Lovers) introduced me to Travis Mathews who was then doing his In Their Room series — where he like comes to different guys rooms and videos them being themselves — and Travis interviewed me for it. I immediately trusted and liked Travis and he told me about I Want Your Love and asked me to be a part of it — and after he told me what it was about I have to admit I totally jumped at the chance.
In many ways, you kind of have the career I thought I was going to have. I’m not jealous but it makes me wonder where I went wrong. LOL. Do you have plans on acting or making more films in the future?
Yes. I’m working on my first film tentatively titled 100 Boyfriends. 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 … STAY FUCKING TUNED …
Kenyon Farrow is a writer and activist. He’s the US and Global Policy Director for Treatment Action Group, and a columnist with RH Reality Check. The former Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice is also co-editor of Letters From Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out. His work has appeared in several anthologies and news outlets, including TheAtlantic.com, BET.com, Alternet, The Huffington Post, and Colorlines. Follow him on Twitter @kenyonfarrow.