Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story

Bay Area Premiere

Expected to attend: Director Michael Stabile, Special Guests TBA

It’s an only-in-San-Francisco story: closeted Indiana boy heads for the gay mecca, comes out in the fabulous 1970s, builds an adult-entertainment empire that redefines pretty-boy masculinity, befriends David Geffen and Bill Clinton, helps found the Human Rights Campaign, donates millions to community causes, succumbs to AIDS, and is honored as the namesake of the SF LGBT Center—all while indulging his obsession with hairless bubble butts in visionary porn epics. This bio, by turns salacious, poignant, and inspiring, belongs to infamous provocateur and philanthropist Chuck Holmes, the subject of the (a)rousing documentary Seed Money. As the founder of Falcon Studios, which made stars of a bevy of bronzed, blond Adonises, Holmes created hardcore extravaganzas like The Other Side of Aspen for the VHS-and-cocaine era.

Holmes parlayed his success into fundraising and activism. Though LGBT groups were happy to have his hard-earned moolah, they sometimes shunned their benefactor because of his background in the jizz biz. Today, Holmes is rightfully recognized as a hero both for liberating a generation’s libido and for supporting its members through their darkest days. Director Michael Stabile (Smut Capital of America, Frameline35) celebrates Holmes via interviews with porn icons Chi Chi LaRue and Jeff Stryker, Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, politicos Mark Leno and Carole Midgen, and Holmes’s longtime partner, Hot House honcho Steven Scarborough.

— Steven Jenkins

This film contains sexually explicit material.

PRECEDED BY:
Health Class
DIR Brad McDermott 2014 Canada 9 min

Trevor looks back on his public education to find it coming up short against the realities of his adult sexuality; so he confronts his sex ed teacher. The short’s genius comes from its explicit, re-imagined animated sex ed materials.



AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D323


Co-presented by:
Center for Sex and Culture
St. James Infirmary

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