I Always Said Yes
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.