If you're going to tease the gays, do it with Madonna. That's the strategy from Out on Film, which announced Thursday that a revealing film about the seven dancers in the pop star's controversial “Blond Ambition Tour” in 1990 will headline the annual festival.
“Strike a Pose” is the first of about 100 films that will fill the schedule of the 29th Annual Out on Film, which opens on Sept. 29. Organizers of the popular week-long festival unveiled the first selection on Thursday. Watch the trailer below.
“2016 is an exceptional year for LGBTQ films and ‘Strike a Pose’ is one of the standouts,” Jim Farmer, Out On Film’s festival director, said in a prepared statement.
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In 1990, seven young male dancers – six gay, one straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour, the Blond Ambition tour. On stage and in the iconic film “Truth or Dare,” they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. “Strike a Pose” is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
Wild, talented and barely twenty, the dancers set out on the trip of a lifetime. Their journey was captured in “Truth or Dare,” one of the highest-grossing documentaries ever. As a self-proclaimed mother to her six gay dancers plus straight Oliver, Madonna used the film to take a stand on gay rights, freedom of expression and the fight against AIDS. Madonna’s flamboyant dancers became icons of sexual freedom, inspiring people all over the world to be who they are. Six dancers appear in “Strike a Pose” – Kevin Stea, Carlton Wilborn, Luis Camacho, Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza, Salim Gauwloos and Oliver S Crumes III. (One of the original seven, Gabriel Trupin, died from complications due to AIDS in 1995 and is represented in the film by his mother, Sue Trupin).
“Strike a Pose” will resonate with Out on Film attendees, Farmer said.
“Many of us in the LGBTQ community saw ‘Truth or Dare’ growing up and were inspired by the out and proud dancers in the film. Twenty-five years later, they are just as vital and charismatic. I think their stories will resonate deeply with our audience,” Farmer said.