100 Boyfriends Mixtape

Dancer, musician, artist, and publisher of the cult queer zine Fag School, Brontez Purnell makes his directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical "video mix tape" by produced Jack Shamama and NakedSword Film Works, the studio made "I Want Your Love" and "In Their Room: Berlin"

Relying on his punk rock aesthetic to give the world a peek into his singularly unique perspective, 100 Boyfriends Mixtape takes the viewer on an unforgettable ride that's as audacious as it is experimental.

  • Brontez Purnell
    Director
    I Want Your Love
  • Brontez Purnell
    Writer
    "The Crusing Diaries" "Johnny Would You Love Me If ... (My Dick Were Bigger)
  • Jack Shamama
    Producer
    "I Want Your Love", "Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story", "Smut Capital of America". "In Their Room, Berlin"
  • Brontez Purnell
    Key Cast
    "I Want Your Love"
  • Tim Valenti
    Executive Producer
    "In Their Room: Berlin", "I Want Your Love"
  • NakedSword Film Works
    Production Company
    "In Their Room: Berlin", "I Want Your Love", "Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story",
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    GLBT, Erotic, Experimental, Autobiographical, Sexually Explicit, Gay, Urban
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Brontez Purnell

Brontez Purnell has been publishing, performing, and curating in the Bay Area for over ten years. He is author of the cult zine "Fag School," frontman for his band "The Younger Lovers," and founder and choreographer of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company. Formerly a dancer with Gravy Train!!!, a queer electro indie band that gained national prominence in the mid-2000s, Purnell's other prominent artistic collaborations include his role in the critically acclaimed independent feature film, "I Want Your Love" (Dir. Travis Mathews, 2012), which premiered at the Frameline Film Festival, and played internationally.

A dancer for local artist-choreographers Amara Tabor-Smith, Keith Hennessy, Eric Kupers, and Nina Haft, South African artist-choreographer Athi-Patra Rugra, and American performance artist William Pope.L. Since founding his dance company in 2010, Purnell has presented his original dance and movement theatre works at prominent Bay Area cultural institutions that include the Berkeley Art Museum, CounterPULSE, the Garage, Kunst-Stoff Arts, the Lab, SOMArts, and CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. With cinematographer Gary Fembot Gregerson and lighting designer Jerry Lee, Purnell produced, choreographed, and set the sound score for "Free Jazz" (2012), a 8mm B&W dance film documenting "various dance parties, structured improvs, rituals and happenings" performed by the company between 2010 and 2012, and which has been shown internationally. He was a guest curator for the Berkeley Art Museum's L@TE program in 2012, awarded an invitation to the 2012 Radar Lab queer arts summer residency, honored by Out Magazine's 2012 Hot 100 List and 2013 Most Eligible Bachelors List, and most recently won the 2014 SF Bay Guardian's Goldie for Performance/Music.

He earned a B.F.A. in Theatre and Contemporary Dance at California State University, East Bay, just published his first novella,"Johnny Would You Love Me (if My Dick Were Bigger)," with Rudos and Rubes, and will publish a second novel, "Since I Laid My Burden Down…," with the Sister Spit imprint of City Lights Books.

He was recently granted the Creative Work Fund, The Kenneth Rainin, and the New York Cutting Edge Fund to begin work on his first documentary "Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock" about the life of late Black San Francisco experimental choreographer Ed Mock.

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Director Statement

Veteran Bay Area performer and artists, Brontez Purnell makes his directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical "video mix tape", which was filmed on digital video, VHS and 8 MM film.

Relying on his punk rock aesthetic to give the world a peek into his singularly unique perspective, "100 Boyfriends" takes the viewer on an unforgettable ride that's as audacious and hardcore as it is experimental.

** Brontez talks about the project in this short YouTube video here: **

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dry1P-qoPE