We first learned about adult film star and transsexual advocate Buck Angel while exploring the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas during the opening gala for Cinekink: Vegas 2010. The more we learned about him and his positive message, the more we liked him. His efforts to promote self-acceptance and gender fluidity make us hopeful that we might see less hate and more understanding in the world within our lifetime.
In keeping with his message of pride and love, Buck made a video this week for Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign, a movement focused on encouraging LGBTQ teens to live for a better day rather than succumbing to suicide.
Here’s the first part of our PEEP SHOW interview with Buck Angel. Think you can handle more?
King is a Fink: You’re working on a documentary. How did you like working on a doc compared to porn, when can we see it, and have you made any other non-porn films?
Buck Angel: Documentary work isn’t easy – shooting a porn is way easier! With that said, I am so excited about this project. For one, it really lets me show the diversity within the transmen community, how so many of us are alike with our sexuality, the changes that occur, and so forth. I find it so fascinating.
I’ve pretty much finished shooting all the footage. Now I’m looking for an editor and shopping it around. I already have some network interest and hope to turn this into a series. Soon I’ll be editing a trailer to get a little more exposure for the project. This is my first non-porn film, so I do feel a bit nervous.
KFink: In the non-porn film world, there’s a lot of discussion about what’s “indie” and what’s “mainstream,” and some reject the notion of “indie” entirely. In porn, what sets an “indie” porn maker apart from a “mainstream” one? Does it have to do with working in or outside of the LA studio system, or does it have more to do with content?
Buck: That’s a really good question. I’m really not sure how to answer that. For me I always say that my porn is mainstream porn in that it has a bigger audience than just some of the smaller studios that don’t have worldwide distribution or as much media attention as I do. But does that really mean that they aren’t mainstream? I don’t know. My goal was to take my porn mainstream in the sense that I wanted it to get the exposure it has now and that, to me, was mainstream. Also, many people think that if you don’t have a big budget, then you’re indie. Well, I produce all my own projects with a very small budget. Take that as you will.
KFink: We see a lot of collaboration on the micro-indie film level. How do you find the people you work with, and where does the impetus for a particular project come from?
Buck: I don’t work with other studios, because I like to keep control of my product. I learned the hard way in the beginning and got ripped off. Early on, it was super hard to find anyone to shoot films with me, so I had to use friends and lovers. Now, as my films have grown, most of my collaborators approach me. Or if I like really someone I approach them. I’ve been very lucky to be able be more picky with my stars in recent projects.
The impetus for my films is really what I’m hot for and what my fans are hot for. Really, I just make sex scenes. I don’t really put to much other stuff (except for “Buckback Mountain”), because I think people really just want to see sex and not a bunch of filler. One of the things that drives me is to show real sex. I think that is so much hotter than lots of stuff you see being produced. Finding guys that are hot for me really shows on camera.
KFink: Thanks so much for answering our questions, Buck.
Buck: Thank you so much for the interview. I hope it helps some new film makers!
We’re so touched that Buck shared his time and message with us, and we wish him all the luck in the world. Not that he needs it. Learn more about Buck here. You get to choose your own adventure, by the way. Check out his DVDs, his adult site, OR his educational efforts. Or all three.
Hmm, choose-your-own adventure porn. We may have hit on our million dollar idea…
Next week on PEEP SHOW: The lovely Tristan Taormino, whose “Rough Sex” was much discussed at Cinekink: Vegas…
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