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“Seed Money” Chuck Holmes Built a Gay Porn Empire Taking Porn Out of Dirty Book Stores and Into the Living Room (Video)

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

UPDATE! We made the $25,000 goal!!!! Thank you everyone who’s shared, or liked, or donated to us. It’s been an amazing process and we’re humbled and grateful. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t still need your support. Kickstarter an Amazon take about 10% of what we raise, and we’ll probably be in the hole closer to 40K before this project is done. So please, if you still feel like backing the project, please do — we may have made our Kickstarter goal, but we’ve got miles to go before we sleep. (But now we can at least nap!)


Chuck Holmes built a gay porn empire, then used that fortune to help fund the gay rights movement — only to find that while his money was welcome, his association often wasn’t.

“An extremely vivid documentary” – Michael Musto, Village Voice


With Falcon Studios, porn mogul Chuck Holmes changed the way gay men looked. Though the 80s and 90s, the Falcon style he propagated — preppy, smooth, self-assured, blond — was ours.Chuck was gay porn’s Hugh Hefner, a sauve charmer, a unrivaled businessman, a man with a taste for the finest things, be they Bentleys, boats or blonds, a man who never took no for an answer.  But Chuck wanted to give back to the gay community that made him rich, only to find that while his money was welcome, his business was a liability.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

For three years, we’ve shot interviews — with Chuck’s lovers, stars, fans and rivals — but we’ve hit a financial wall. We need your help to us finance the final round of interviews, pay for footage rights and film transfers, legal fees and film editing so that we can take this to festivals and distributors next year. We’ve done this all without pay, but the expenses are too much for us to handle alone. We think this is an important part of gay history, and we need your help to complete it.

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