CHECK OUT- RICK CASTRO- SCREENING HUSTLER WHITE @ THE STUDS THEATER- JULY 12TH
Studs Theater 7734 Santa Monica Blvd
An incendiary romp directed by queercore festival darling Bruce La Bruce and fetish photographer Rick Castro, HUSTLER WHITE is an unlikely West Hollywood rehash of SUNSET BOULEVARD, only that strip (and tone) is lowered to Santa Monica, where the hustlers and johns butt heads with the seedy and degenerate local milieu. Starring Madonna’s sultry Justify My Love(r) Tony Ward, co-director La Bruce (in a nod to Kenneth Anger) the film features a coterie of Santa Monica Boulevard regulars and luminaries (like Vaginal Davis, Glen Meadmore, Ron Athey and Divinity Fudge). HUSTLER WHITE is a surprisingly romantic take on lust, exploitation and obsession, with a verité eye trained to the infamous streetwalker strip that once stretched through 1990s West Hollywood.
Screening at the historic Studs Theatre in West Hollywood, this location opened in 1940 as the Monica theater and became the Pussycat Theater in 1970, the flagship for a 50-location chain of adult theaters clustered around Southern California. Peter Alilunas, professor of media studies at University of Oregon has noted this location is “one of the most important spaces in North America [in the history of adult film] … It’s Smithsonian-level history when it comes to adult theaters.” Bruce La Bruce & Rick Castro, Hustler White, 16mm on HD video, 79 min, 1996 FOLLOWED BY CHAT/Q&A WITH CO- DIRECTOR/WRITER-RICK CASTRO & ACTORS- RON ATHEY & GLEN MEADMORE Curated by Coaxial $15