The Adonis Factor

Sat, June 5, 2011, 6pm

Director Christopher Hines in attendance

Do looks matter? When it comes to the male physique in the gay community, the answer is a resounding YES. In this fascinating, thought-provoking documentary, filmmaker Christopher Hines turns his camera on guys of all shapes and sizes to explore how body image affects status among gay men.

Through intimate interviews with men across the United States, Hines uncovers the very common, often unsettling reality of how many gay men struggle to achieve and maintain a particular image in order to be accepted. One especially muscular guy admits that even though he knows it’s superficial, he “feels more respected and accepted” when people compliment his look. Hines explores how these issues trickle into other areas of our modern world by looking at everything from the gay porn industry to a naked yoga class in San Francisco that helps students feel more comfortable with their bodies.

The Adonis Factor deftly balances diverse viewpoints and voices to paint a picture of a complex world where beauty is too often considered skin deep.
—Brendan Peterson, courtesy of Frameline

Preceded by Crowned & Bound, a fun, front-row view of pecs and personality at the 2010 International Mr. Leather competition in Chicago.

Community Partners: Rose City Softball Association