Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Berlin Journal #3
The next day I went to the Panorama lunch. I was seated next to a British guy named Wash West, and the name didn't register with me until he mentioned that he had previously made The Fluffer. "Wait a minute, you're the Wash West who made all those prom films?" I'd never seen any of his films, porn or otherwise, but I've read enough about him to know that he was a legend in the industry for making stylized gay porn that had great lighting, camera work and even a decent storyline. This is a self-made man with no formal film school training, who taught himself how to make films by making adult films! I was all the more surprised that he was not at all what I expected of a porn director. By that I mean the man sitting next to me was not in the least sleazy or even jaded. Wash radiated positive energy; he was cheerful, and nice in the best sense of the word.
Staying true to my resolution to see films by directors I'd personally met and liked, I went to see Pedro, whose director was at the same lunch (Wash West was the producer). Another great choice. I loved the lead actor, he was so cute! My friends at m-appeal, however, disliked Pedro for being too much like TV.