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New Doc “All Male, All Nude: Johnsons” Teases You In, but Keeps You with Heart - OutShine LGBTQI Film Fest Premiere this Sunday, Sept. 15!

By: Steve V. Rodriguez

Dancer Alexander with Owner, Matt Colunga in “All Male, All Nude: Johnsons”

Dancer Alexander with Owner, Matt Colunga in “All Male, All Nude: Johnsons”

“All Male All Nude: Johnsons” had me with the title, but had me wonder who’s this Johnsons? Always a sucker for male nudity and a fan of male strip bars and go go boys, I knew the new documentary was going to visually stimulate, but when I realized it was directed by Gerald McCullouch I was all in!  Known by many for his role as Bobby Dawson on CSI and for standout roles in the “Bear City” film trilogy, award winning web series “Hustling” and directing and starring in the riveting play turned to film, “Daddy”, McCullouch takes advantage of the success of his first documentary, “All Male, All Nude” about a gay strip club in Atlanta with an equally engaging follow up, “All Male, All Nude: Johnsons”. ‘Johnsons’ is set in Wilton Manors, the city island of Broward County, Florida,  a hop, skip and a jump away from Fort Lauderdale. Manors has been called the second gayest city in America next to San Francisco due to its large percentage of population that identifies as LGBTQ.

Director, Gerald McCullouch

Director, Gerald McCullouch

Following the same successful format of his first doc, McCoullouch dives deeper into ‘Johnsons’ profiling a handful of dancers and their diverse and eclectic viewpoints on life as a dancer as well as their life outside of the bar, which many describe the bar as a dysfunctional family that welcomes and supports them. Fans of the first documentary, will recognize Matt Colunga, who managed, deejayed and scheduled the dancers at Swinging Richards in Atlanta, but now owns and runs Johnsons in Wilton Manors, a dream business in the making for several years. Colunga equally shines, if not outshines the engaging storylines of his dancers telling a story of a guy who turned his life as a dancer into a career and now as a business owner,  who seems to genuinely care for the welfare of his dancers and employees. If that weren’t enough, we see Matt with his longtime romantic/business partner,  who works with Matt and their daily dramas running a business as well as supporting Matt’s wish with his final bodybuilding competition. 

In a recent conversation McCoullouch told me it was his sister who lives in Atlanta who first brought him to Swinging Richards and he admits he had no idea a place like it existed. As it turned out it was one of the strippers,  named Steve who recognized McCullouch from CSI who eventually suggested that there was a story to be told within the bar and those who danced at the bar worth pursuing. After the success of “All Male All Nude”, and support of Breaking Glass Pictures, McCullough was approached by Colunga who planted the seed for the second film and his Go-Go Bar Johnsons in Wilton Manor. This time Colunga was at the helm and helped McCoulough facilitate and guide potential storylines to be told of his dancers, himself and a glimpse into the world of Johnsons. “I had my own judgments about strip clubs, but when I had the opportunity to get to know these dancers, where one of them had a music career and another one was a father,  I knew I wanted to celebrate these lifestyles and their unique engaging lives that existed all under this weird environment. It all develops into this family unit,” McCoullough told me. He admitted that the first film allowed him to develop a rapport with the dancers and most importantly with Matt who helped flesh out the world within Johnsons. 

What makes “All Male, All Nude: Johnsons” so engaging is that the film will initially seduce you with its subjects, satisfy our curiosity of behind the scenes life and ultimately enlighten and demystify perceptions of a male stripper’s life by replacing it with heart. Many viewers will appreciate Wilton Manors, the city as another character within the film and others will put the city on their wishlist for upcoming travel. McCullouch even pulls in former Manors’ mayor, Gary Resnick who speaks highly of the city and plays an integral part of the drama that unfolds in the film. Lastly a film is nothing without a good soundtrack and music and “Johnsons” does not disappoint with the driving sexy beats and vocals of Corey Tut. I loved the music so much I had to go download his music on iTunes at once! 

“All Male, All Nude: Johnsons” will have its premiere this Sunday, September 15 which will be a benefit and fundraiser for the Outshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival for Miami and Fort Lauderdale at the iconic Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale beginning with a Pre-Event at 5:00 PM; Film at 6:30pm and After Party at 8:30 PM.  100% of the proceeds will benefit the festival. Tickets can be purchased here: https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/OSFF/Online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=3BFFF536-0021-4A50-B4FF-D5CCEE53D31B

The film will also play on October 3rd at the Atlanta Film Festival, Out on Film.

“All Male, All Nude: Johnsons” will have a release date on all VOD platforms shortly after that. 

From Screaming Queens to Love of Showgirls: San Francisco's LGBT Film Fest Has Many Noteworthy Documentaries

By Kevin M.  Thomas, @ReelKev

“Camp Chaos” Matthew Camp

“Camp Chaos” Matthew Camp


Frameline, San Francisco's long running LGBT film festival through June 30, has many noteworthy documentaries that should be checked out.
While it would be impossible to see all of the movies at Frameline (but I do try), here's a sample of some of the top documentaries.

"For They Know Not What They Do" is one of the best crafted documentaries I have ever seen and it succinctly covers a lot of ground with its stories of religion and being gay. The movie weaves together several tales of coming out to a religious family and shares the highs and some of the lows that will ripe your heart out. A lot of documentaries have great stories to tell and we forgive them for inferior production qualities. But this movie hits the mark on every level - from point of view to cinematography. This should be a contender for Best Documentary at the Oscars. It's that good.

"Queering the Script" is quite thought provoking. On the one side, it shows how fandom can support and help make a TV show a success and all-the-while showing how bonding over a show can lead to long term friendship and love. On the other hand, it enlightens us that while LGBT people were the characters de jour one year, adding many diverse characters to mainstream TV. But then, suddenly in one year they killed off most of the lesbians, creating a backlash among the lesbian community, causing heated discussions in the TV community and all sparked by a hashtag campaign - #buryyourgays.  Very informative and definitely worth a screening.

“You Don’t Know Nomi”

“You Don’t Know Nomi”

"You Don't Nomi" is as fun and creative as the film's title. This is behind-the-scenes story of "Showgirls," the cult classic film that is in about every gay man's repertoire of movies to screen. It shows the film's underwhelming premiere, in which it flopped and, after multiple critics panned it, it  won many Razzie Awards for the worst film. Then, as the years pass, it's no longer taken so seriously and, thanks to support from its fans, mostly the gay community, a cult classic is born. Interviewees include local drag icon Peaches Christ who embraced the movie from the beginning and screened it annually for nearly 20 years and Bay Area resident April Kidwell, who starred in the Off-Broadway and traveling production of the musical of "Showgirls."  After screening, we will all know Nomi.


"Making Montgomery Clift" had more information then I thought I'd learn, considering I am friends with one of his relatives. But Robert Clift shares moments of Montgomery's life, thanks to old recordings, photographs and notes Robert's father (Montgomery's brother) had kept and maintained for years.

"Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street" is a surprise to me - and surprises make for good movies. I was never a fan of the "Nightmare" movie so I didn't see any of the sequels. Well, I never knew of all of the gay subtext in Part 2 including shower scenes and S&M! This certainly makes me want to check this out. But behind the scenes, star Mark Patton's career was very much hurt by the film as gay characters (and actors) weren't the stars of big budget films in the mid-1980s. Check out the film as Patton does what he can to overcome the stigma that followed.

"Gay Chorus Deep South" is much more uplifting then I thought it would be. The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus go to the Bible belt, to where many of the members of the chorus are from before they moved to the Bay Area. Performing at churches and reuniting with Baptist relatives, one would think there would be more drama and hate. But the movie shows that sometimes, a little enlightening is all one needs to accept and respect.

“Mr. Leather”

“Mr. Leather”

"Mr. Leather" is one of the many examples of how the leather community is just that: a community. This movie showcases Brazil's very first Mr. Leather competition and how, although a competition, there's a sense of family among the contenders and how they support each other.

"Fabulous" is fabulous! Lasseindra Ninja leaves her home in French Guiana as a man and comes back as a woman. Besides a positive attitude about herself, she comes back complete with skills as a vogue dancer and ready to support and education a troupe of young people who are looking for a place to be accepted and to thrive. Some of their tales are heart wrenching but they learn to leave them behind on the dance floor.

“Thanks to Hank”

“Thanks to Hank”

"Thanks to Hank" is a local SF movie exploring the life and work of Hank Wilson. Wilson is one of the pioneers for LGBT activism and he fought for our rights with a smile and a cool head. While many of us take for granted the progress we've made, this movie pays tribute to a man that stood up for us and did it for equality.

"Camp Chaos" is listed as an episodic entry but it's worth mentioning here. It takes the actor from "Getting Go: the Go Doc Project" (from Frameline37) and follows him as he talks and meets up with other men through gay sex apps. Camp recreates many of his sexual encounters he had...vividly and explicitly. This movies is hot and sexual and some might deem a well photographed porn movie.

"Sid & Judy" is a movie that many gay men would love to see. Me too. But no screening of the story of the Judy Garland and Sid Luft marriage.

To get tickets and check out screening times, go to www.frameline.org.

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