The filmmaker Mike Stabile easily remembers his first encounter with Falcon, the venerable porn company specializing in the stylized perfection of fucking. "In college in the early '90s, I remember getting Spokes 2 from the backroom of the local video store," Stabile says. "Falcon movies were this vision of a life. You would see these guys who were blond and preppy and rich and living this amazing life in San Francisco."
Stabile continues, "When I moved to San Francisco in 1996 Falcon was a presence in town. It was like a gay Hollywood. You would see these guys on the street and in bars. There was something magical about it."
Stabile is working on a documentary, Seed Money, The Chuck Holmes Story, about Falcon founder Holmes, who died of AIDS-related illness in 2000. Stabile, who also produced and directed Smut Capital of America, is 60% done with the Holmes film but needs further financing to complete it. He set up a Kickstarter page for donations to this worthy project.
Not only was Holmes a porn pioneer, but his films ushered in a new status quo for male beauty. "In 1981, he produced a movie called Style," Stabile says. "Up until then it had been the lumberjack mustache look. But with Style he shaved the models faces and bodies and bleached their feet."
Wait. Bleached their feet? "He hated dirty feet," Stabile explains. "It is one of his pet peeves. Between takes, he would have people come out with baby wipes to clean the feet but in Style he actually bleached the feet. And they were dressed in designer clothes. It sold so well it changed the industry and it became the dominant look."
Donate to Seed Money and win some cool prizes like a Falcon T-shirt or copies of the film.