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The Butch Factor -- A documentary on what masculinity means in queer culture.

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What does mean to be gay and be a man? There's no straight answer for sure. See more »
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A multicultural examination of modern gay male society and how masculinity is expected, defined, accepted, and expanded. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Quick, Fun Film Designed to Provoke... Share and Enjoy See more (4 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Christopher Hines ... Himself - Narrator
Jason Hefley ... Himself
H.T. Bennett ... Himself
Junior Buendia ... Himself
Doug Komlenic ... Himself
Frank Yanez ... Himself
Vincent Calvarese ... Himself - San Francisco Sheriff's Department Officer (as Lt. Vincent Calvarese)
Ellen Brin ... Herself - San Francisco Sheriff's Department Officer (as Capt. Ellen Brin)
Mike Gunn ... Himself - San Francisco Sheriff's Department Officer (as Sr. Deputy Mike Gunn)
Kevin Reed ... Himself
Marcus Nunn ... Himself
Dalph Johnson ... Himself
Bil Yoelin ... Himself
Jim Reed ... Himself
Dave Allen ... Himself
Eric Chinchilla ... Himself
Dan Cullinane ... Himself - Writer
Keith Harris ... Himself - Professor / Author
John Campbell ... Himself - Teacher / Author
Don Romesburg ... Himself - Archivist GLBT Historical Society
Peter Nardi ... Himself - Professior of Sociology
Gregory Cason ... Himself - Psychologist
Mark Snyder ... Himself
Wing Poon ... Himself
Trevor Hoppe ... Himself
Brent Calderwood ... Himself
J. Wesley Adams ... Himself (as Wes Adams)
David Aguilar ... Himself
Chris Ohnesorge ... Himself (as Chriso)
Colin Daly ... Himself (as Colin)
Larry Gross ... Himself - Professor, USC School of Communication
Jaimes Loughrey ... Himself
Matt Laird ... Himself
Steven Daigle ... Himself
Wes Wilkinson ... Himself
James Jenkins ... Himself
Steve Sublet ... Himself
Jackson Bowman ... Himself
Jack Malebranche ... Himself
Durk Dehner ... Himself - Tom of Finland Foundation
Bob Davis ... Himself
Dave Smith ... Himself
Ron Wear ... Himself
Kelly Stahr ... Himself
Robert Gordon ... Himself

Harry Lit ... Himself - Co-Founder, 'Lazy Bear'
Brian Garrison ... Himself
Cory Smith ... Himself
Bob Gaynor ... Himself
Rich McMurray ... Himself
Allen Eggman ... Himself - Co-Founder 'Lazy Bear'
Steve Harris ... Himself - A Bear's Life Magazine

Directed by
Christopher Hines 
 
Produced by
Christopher Hines .... executive producer
Christopher Hines .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laura Karpman 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Hines 
 
Film Editing by
Christopher Hines 
Andy Jones 
Bil Yoelin 
 
Sound Department
Andrew Bruno .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Hines .... camera
Max Ramming .... motion graphics technician
Bil Yoelin .... camera
 
Music Department
Ex-Boyfriends .... composer: additional music
Shannon Halwes .... music editor
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum .... music production
 
Other crew
Crawford Barton .... photographs courtesy of
Terry George .... photographs courtesy of
Simone Grudzen .... footage courtesy of: Video 'Situation'
Henri Leleu .... photographs courtesy of
Pawel Leszkowicz .... photographs courtesy of
Charles Russell .... photographs courtesy of
Marie Ueda .... photographs courtesy of
 

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Logo (2009) (USA) (all media) (in association with: Wolfe)
  • Wolfe Releasing (2009) (USA) (all media) (in association with: Logo)
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88 min | USA:76 min (DVD)
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Quick, Fun Film Designed to Provoke... Share and Enjoy, 26 September 2012
Author: Jak Frost from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I have a problem with people who leave overly negative reviews about documentaries. The simple reason being that people do not seem to know what a documentary is supposed to accomplish. Documentaries are not objective narratives, structurally. Documentaries are essays. They present a thesis statement, support that thesis with background research, present the supporting evidence and draw a conclusion from that thesis based on the evidence presented. The ultimate arbiter of the success of this argument is the viewing public. Objective narrative is still only the province of journalism and tax reviews. If you feel you did not see enough support of "the other side" you are watching the wrong film.

In a few words, "The Butch Factor" was excellent. I have shared this film with many people to see their reactions and this will really touch off a lot of discussion to hash out next time you are at the pub.

As to the film itself, I was at first a little put-off by the hyper-kinetic feel of the film, but it settles down quickly and looks at the recent "discovery" that gay men can be gay and masculine at the same time. Or more to the point, "The Butch Factor" wants to start people talking about what does it mean to be masculine as a gay man. What does that even mean in a larger context when the majority culture judge gay men, by definition, as less "manly" than any straight man just for being gay?

It is a fact that masculinity is prized in N.American culture over femininity in men. So I was initially concerned that the conclusion of the film would be that one is better than the other. That does not happen at all. In fact the TRUE meaning of the conclusion of "The Butch Factor" is the part that will start all the best pub arguments.

I was relieved by the amount of respect that was shown for feminine gay men by the other interviewees. Presenting as a masculine male allowed many of these men to avoid the pitfalls and outrages that happen to us growing up; for more feminine men, passing was impossible. Often the more "butch" men in the film say how the feminine men they have known are tougher, more resilient men for being who they are and that message was gratifying to hear. One interview subject, who presents as feminine brought up the fact that gay men's defensive use of caustic wit and flippancy is "often put on as a mask that protected them from being hurt growing up and too often we take that to our community and turn our ammunition on each other." It was a refreshingly honest answer and one that more people need to hear in the community.

Was this a flawless documentary? No, there were many points they could have fleshed out more that seemed to zip right by, but on the whole it was a quick, fun and thought-provoking documentary, one that I recommend and one that also wants me to seek out more of Chris Hines work.

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