The city’s annual gay film festival—Q-Fest— today begins its 11-day marathon of feature films, documentaries, and shorts from the world of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender cinema.
As a film festival devoted to a demographic defined by its sexuality, Q-Fest has always had some programming about adult sex films. For the first time in its 17 years, it will give an adult film star the red-carpet treatment, with a special VIP event honoring French actor Francois Sagat.
Sagat is the subject of a new 40-minute documentary film called “Sagat,” which is screening during the festival on July 16.
The festival is produced by TLA Entertainment, which also has a very lucrative business selling gay videos online.
“His films have always sold extremely well for us,” said managing director Erik Schut. “So when the opportunity for this came up—it’s a world premiere. It’s only been screened once on French TV. And it did not have the full adult clips shown. The version that we’re running shows … the full monty, shall we say?”
The event—restricted to adults only—will be hosted by Michael Musto of the Village Voice and Mickey Boardman of PAPER Magazine. An exclusive dinner with Sagat doubles as a festival fundraiser.