My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

Saving porn history

by Paul Bellini

A few years ago, a man named Jim Tushinski made a brilliant documentary about the legendary porn star Peter Berlin. Jim helped set up the phone interview between Berlin and myself, the longest of my career at just under two hours. I found Peter Berlin totally fascinating and just wanted him to keep talking.

Jim Tushinski is good at finding fascinating gay men and making documentaries about them. His latest is about Wakefield Poole. Wakefield was a Broadway dancer and choreographer who one day watched a gay porno at some grindhouse and thought, “I can do better than that.” So he made Boys In the Sand and started a movement. One of the most visually talented of all porn directors, he eventually quit the business to become a top chef in NYC before eventually retiring in Florida.

Tushinski’s film, I Always Said Yes, is terrific, a lively look at a remarkable man who made some very cool stuff. It has screened at festivals for the past two years, but it isn’t the sort of film that attracts distributors. So Jim has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help raise the $27,000 he needs to release the film on VOD platforms and on Blue Ray/DVD. He hopes to do it all before Wakefield turns 80 next year. The campaign closes July 27. Take a minute to check out this video and consider making a donation towards I Always Said Yes. It’s an important part of gay history and must not be ignored. Plus, it’s porn.

Tushinski’s plea can be found here - - and every dollar helps.