DIRECTOR ARTHUR J. BRESSAN |
Born in New York City, Bressan moved to San Francisco, joined a commune, and began making Super8 and 16mm sex films. His first, Boys , only about 20 minutes in length, was made in 1970 about a kid who cruises johns, but is unhappy with this empty life. This is when he met Richard Locke, who was impressed with his film, and opened a small theatre in order to show it. Years later they worked together on several films. As fas as I've been able to discern, he only made the following 5 gay male porn films, but also worked making documentaries for PBS, as well as 3 non-porn, gay-themed films (listed below).
He also directed 3 well-received "legitmate" films:
- Gay USA (1978)
In reaction to the Anita Bryant/Dade County controversy, Bressan's idea was to collect footage from as many Gay Pride demonstrations and celebrations in June of 1977 from around the country as possible, with the idea of showing gay folks how important is was to come out. . Difficult to find, unfortunately (I've seen only one place, $250.00 for a VHS copy!).
Gay USA review
- Abuse (1982)
a film student making a documentary about child abuse meets, and falls in love with, a 14 year old who has been abused by his parents. Commerically available, haven't seen it yet, but it got great reviews.
- Buddies (1985)
25-year-old New Yorker becomes a volunteer "buddy" for a 32-year-old man dying of AIDS - the story begins with their initial resistance to one another, and traces their growing friendship. Excellent film. Saw this when it came out.
last update: 12/08/2013