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I Always Said Yes2013

The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole

  • 3.9
The story of a sometimes-overlooked gay liberation and independent filmmaking pioneer is told in I ALWAYS SAID YES. In late 1971, Wakefield Poole, a respected Broadway dancer and choreographer, had the audacity to put his real name above the title of his first film, a low- budget, sexually explicit feature called BOYS IN THE SAND. And to make sure everyone knew about it, Poole advertised the film in the New York Times, creating a sensation. In an era when anyone making, promoting or appearing in what the US government considered "pornography" could be liable for prosecution and jail time, Poole was a remarkably open and honest gay filmmaker. He became internationally famous and his movies screened for years as examples that films could be artistic as well as explicit.

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A revelation in how far and how far short of a broader sense of liberation we have come... I was completely rapt as I watched this reflection of what it is to keep being swept away by the creative... no matter the defeats OR the victories. Thank you for making this film available to me.

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A revelation in how far and how far short of a broader sense of liberation we have come... I was completely rapt as I watched this reflection of what it is to keep being swept away by the creative... no matter the defeats OR the victories. Thank you for making this film available to me.

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An important history lesson.