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Seattle, WA -- Known in the industry as the 'Oscars of gay porn', the GayVN Awards are dedicated to recognizing outstanding movies and talented individuals within the gay adult entertainment industry. Its broad-based, nationwide panel of judges, predominantly gay press-affiliated, has been awarding trophies for 24 years, making the GayVNs the most respected and recognized awards in gay adult entertainment history. A few weeks ago the 2010 GayVN Award nominees were announced. This year I have been honored with three individual nominations (Performer of the Year, Best Duo Sex Scene and Best Top) and several of the features I've contributed to have been recognized.
Titan Media dominates the Best Fetish Release category with both Slick Dogs and Shock Treatment among the nominees. Slick Dogs is a dark yet colorful fetish production directed by Paul Wilde for Titan's main line. It features rubber gear designed by International Mr Rubber 2009, Stephane Donaldson, and scenes taken directly from a rubberman's wet dreams. Paul’s directorial style is clearly evident in this, his second solo directorial effort. Like Triage, Slick Dogs demonstrates both Paul's unique contribution and Titan's influence upon his work. He masterfully captures the essence of fetish in Slick Dogs as only an experienced player can and documents the sexual content with a distinctively Titan-esque signature. I was thrilled to be a part of Slick Dogs and congratulate Paul on the recognition.
Shock Treatment, the second feature in the Rough line I co-directed with Paul Wilde for Titan, is also nominated for Best Fetish Release. This nomination is particularly pleasing for me on a personal level. Shock Treatment is a quintessential example of what we have attempted to accomplish with the Rough line... document contemporary BDMS play in the men's community by capturing real scenes with real players. Shock Treatment contains some of the most electrifying examples of the types of scenes engaged in by the most experienced and heaviest players in the international fetish and Sm scene. It is a vivid portrayal of the passions and connections shared by those players who engage in the intense extremes on the edge of pain and pleasure. To have our efforts recognized by the industry is a professional honor for which I am personally grateful.
In the category of Best Duo Sex Scene, I am nominated along with Will Parker for our scene in Folsom Flesh. I haven’t seen any of the other scenes nominated in this category, so I can't make any comments of comparison. I can, however, share my belief that my scene with Will in Folsom Flesh is one of the most stunning depictions of hardcore fetish/Sm ever captured on screen. This is due primarily to the connection Will and I developed almost instantaneously and the level of play that connection fostered. Having worked with Will on several occasions, it comes as no surprise to me that he is nominated in the Best Newcomer category, and there is no doubt in my mind that the expertise of Titan's production and editing departments contributed exponentially to the scene itself. I'm happy to see those contributions recognized through a Best HD Release nomination for Folsom Flesh.
Of course, the highest honor for me from the GayVNs this year is being nominated for Performer of the Year along with Dean Flynn (a fellow Titan exclusive), Kyle King, Steve Cruz and Wilfried Knight. To be named among such notable performers is, indeed, humbling.
Since I may not have the opportunity to acknowledge and thank those people who contributed to the work that has led to these nominations on stage, I'd like to do so now. First and foremost, my personal appreciation goes out to those who shared their moments of intimacy whether through a scene with me personally or as a player in the Rough line... most notably, my boy Chris Yosef, our pup Element, Derek da Silva, Will Parker, Alessio Romero, Adam Knox, Billy Berlin and Tibor Wolfe. You have each delivered exceptional performances that truly capture the essence of this thing of ours. My thanks also go out to my friend and colleague, Paul Wilde. His technical knowledge and creative contributions have been instrumental to the production of the Rough line and I am grateful to be partnered with him. I am also indebted to the skill and dedication of the entire Titan team, from production crews through the editing and art departments. The talent of the individuals on these teams brought the production quality of Rough line to unprecedented levels for features of this type. My deepest appreciation goes to Brian Mills for his mentorship. I can’t thank Brian enough for his encouragement, guidance and friendship. Finally, I want to express my gratitude to Keith Webb and Bruce Cam for giving me this opportunity to contribute my talents to the industry and offer the Rough line to my fetish/Sm community. Without their support, my success in the industry and the Rough line itself would not be possible.
This year's GayVN Awards will be presented by NakedSword at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco CA on 24 Sep 2010 in conjunction with the annual Folsom Street Fair. I invite you to check out all of this year's GayVN Nominees and vote for your top choices in the 2010 Gayvn Award Fan Favorite categories.