Thursday, March 2, 2017

Movie Nights at The Gathering

By Jon P.

It's happened to all of us at Camp: there's a lecture on the films of Jeanette MacDonald at the same time as a group of guys are getting together for some fun "across the lake" while the Drag Races are just starting. I know you don't always believe us, but we work very hard as we schedule dozens of events. Sometimes (often!) simultaneous events can't be avoided. 

What you may not know is that during evening shows in the Auditorium, movies are shown nearby in the Left Dining Hall. If you're looking for some variety in your evening entertainment, stop on over. And bring a pad and some popcorn. 

I've tried some interesting themes over the last 7 or 8 years, but for the last three years have been showing newer releases to good success. Each movie usually has a theme relevant to gay men, and if there is nudity involved, all the better. Sometimes there are musicals, oftentimes a foreign-language entry or two, occasionally a hilarious gay romp. But most features are dramas or mysteries culled from the recently burgeoning gay film industry. 

I am previewing films all year, looking for titles that will interest as many guys as possible. Two years ago, I showed the amazing Stranger By the Lake, which inspired me to show the profound Tom At the Farm the next year. One night for the last several years has been devoted to the silly, on-line series Where the Bears Are

This year may include the Korean entry Spa Night. I really loved Closet Monster because I strongly identified with the lead (Connor Jessup from American Crime, Season 2.) I was skeptical about Gerontophilia, but ended up loving it; and I think you will too. 

I am always looking for suggestions. Email me here with ideas for specific movies or even themes. Imagine beyond you're own favorites and bring me titles that you think would interest the widest group of men who love movies.