INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. is a provocative project by actor-director James Franco.
"A sly conceptual coup d’art and a deeply sincere exploration of masculinity and its discontents, with a little hot sex thrown in." (New York Times Critics' Pick)
The doc-fiction hybrid takes the notorious gay milieu-set thriller “Cruising” as a point of departure. Franco’s film caused an uproar at the Sundance and Berlinale festivals. To avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film. Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage. Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set, actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film.