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Ryan A. White & Alex Clausen | USA | 2021 | 79 min | ENGLISH

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Raw! Uncut! Video! chronicles the rise and fall of homegrown gay porn studio Palm Drive Video, and explores how a devoted couple helped battle a devastating health crisis by promoting kinky sex.

Legendary leatherman Jack Fritscher met Mark Hemry in 1979 at Harvey Milk’s birthday party – and the two fell head over heels in love. When the AIDS epidemic swept through San Francisco, the couple left the city to begin a new venture: turning a rural ranch in Sonoma County into a safe-sex porn studio that offered viewers new sexual possibilities in an age of plague. Casting rugged non-professional models to explore their unique erotic fantasies onscreen, the studio explored a wild array of queer kinks – and helped champion sex-positivity in the porn industry. Most importantly, Jack and Mark’s work offered gay men education, representation, and fantasy during a time when both state and society completely failed queer communities. Palm Drive Video was more than a porn studio; it was a public health service and a cultural champion for queer kink, invested not just in filling holes, but also filling an emotional and sexual void in their community.