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Colby Jansen makes non-porn debut with short film, ‘Matt’

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Patrick Wallace and Colby Jansen in “Matt” (Image courtesy of Getzel Moshiko Productions)

Adult entertainment star Colby Jansen has just made his non-porn acting debut.

The adult performer stars alongside actor Patrick Wallace in the 12-minute short “Matt.” It made the rounds at several LGBTQ film festivals over the past year before being posted online last week. It can also be viewed via streaming service Dekkoo.

The short film was created by writer/director Ori Ravid, who partially funded the project via a Kickstarter campaign. It focuses on a one-night hook up between a young twink and an older daddy, both of whom are called Matt.

The short explores the sometimes-awkward dynamic between sexual partners when one has a lot of experience and the other does not.

Ravid, who graduated from NYU with a degree in Film and Television Production, says he first had the idea for the movie a few years ago.

“I found out that someone I had a huge crush on was dating someone significantly older than him,” the filmmaker says, “so I arranged a sleepover with someone in my neighborhood who was significantly older than me out of, yes, jealousy, but also curiosity.

“I wanted to know what a 45-year-old could possibly get out of someone emotionally who was 25. Turns out that I was really just insecure with myself in a lot of ways and I’ve done a full 180-degree turn on that thinking since then, but that was the inception of the idea.

“I reached out to Colby because, as someone familiar with his work, I knew he could act and would be a ‘dream daddy’ to cast. I emailed him the script and he agreed to do it pretty much immediately.”

On the subject matter, he has said, “I wanted to portray a gay hook-up that feels realistic and also free of melodrama – something that I feel like is rarely done and if I had seen in my informative years could have made me feel better about myself sexually once I got older.

“I’ve had a lot of straight people tell me how relatable it is for them after watching it too, which isn’t something I was necessarily expecting but am super happy is the case.”

Patrick Wallace and Colby Jansen in “Matt” (Image courtesy of Getzel Moshiko Productions)

As for Jansen, he told the online outlet Queerty that the project was “really refreshing” after his adult entertainment work.

“I had an absolute blast with Ori, Patrick and the rest of the crew,” Jansen says. “It was challenging to really focus on acting and get my tone, inflection, facial expressions and timing down. And I believe it really has helped me in the acting part of my ‘other’ kind of acting.”

“I’m still working as an adult actor,” he reassures his fans. “I still have my OnlyFans and I’m making content with men and women now and I still work for major studios. As long as people keep booking me, I want to keep working!”

Actor Patrick Wallace plays Younger Matt.

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‘Blindness’ explores a terrifying new pandemic

Sidney Harman Hall production features immersive sound, light installation

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The audience takes the stage in ‘Blindness.’ (Photo by Helen Maybanks)

‘Blindness’
Through June 13
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St., N.W.
$44-54
Shakespearetheatre.org

Masks and social distancing, yes, but I never expected a return to live theater to include a stage without actors and an audience seated onstage. But that’s exactly how it went it down on a recent sunny Saturday morning in Washington.

We longed for something, and after a year of indisputably warranted darkness, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has obliged by reopening Sidney Harman Hall with Donmar Warehouse’s terrifyingly enthralling production of “Blindness,” an immersive sound and light installation anchored by Juliet Stevenson’s astonishing recorded vocal performance heard — jarringly, soothingly, eerily — through binaural headphones.

Adapted by Simon Stephens from Nobel Prize winner José Saramago’s same-titled dystopian novel, and staged by Walter Meierjohann (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”), the London born, 75-minute tale begins with narrator Stevens matter-of-factly relaying the details surrounding the outbreak of a pandemic that causes blindness. What starts off as an alarming, isolated incident, rapidly devolves into something all-encompassing and petrifying.

Uncannily, Saramago’s 1995 book, both looks back to plague stories and prophetically toward COVID-19.
In addition to narrator, Stevenson (an Olivier Award-winning stage actor also known for films like “Truly, Madly, Deeply”) plays the wife of an ophthalmologist whose office is where patient zero spreads the disease to various other patients – a little cross-eyed boy, an alluring young woman hiding a case of conjunctivitis behind dark sunglasses, a thief, an older gent sporting an eye patch, and sundry others.

The doctor’s wife, who is immune to the new sight-stealing disease, is doomed/blessed to become the lone eyewitness to violence, injustices, and death as the situation becomes progressively scary, primitive, and dangerous.

Rather than darkness, the afflicted are submerged into a world of milky whiteness. The pandemic – a new pathogen whose means of transmission is unknown – moves quickly throughout the city, then the nation, and beyond. Early in the outbreak, the health ministry is reluctant to get too involved, choosing instead to minimize the seriousness of what’s happening. Sounds familiar, I know.

Like the story, Jessica Hung Han Yun’s lighting design becomes increasingly menacing as things move along. Originally playfully colorful fluorescent tubes suspended high from the ceiling, they turn stark white and are lowered to audience members’ line of sight. Then they are darkened altogether, interrupted by occasional bright colorless flashes.

Through headphones, the audience hears rain storms, harsh announcements, barricades being dragged, screams, sobs, footsteps, and gunshots. At times, Stevenson whispers in your ear. Once, I mechanically answered “Yes, I’m here.”

Masked, seated often in total darkness, headphones, it’s immersive, sometimes claustrophobically so. (If it becomes too much, there’s a flash light attached to the leg of each metal chair. Turn it on and an usher will escort you off the stage.)

During the pandemic STC has developed health and safety measures that include masks, air filtration, social distancing, etc.

For “Blindness” only 40 patrons are allowed per viewing. No one is seated next to someone outside of their own party, and a limited number of single tickets are available for purchase by calling the box office. Headsets, seats, and flashlights are disinfected before every performance, and all bathrooms and lobby spaces will be cleaned prior to the next seating group enters the building.

Exiting the Harman, you might think how odd it is to have been on stage before the actors’ union has allowed them to perform indoors before a live audience.

Outdoors, the warm wind feels invigorating against your face as you walk down the street. Still, the nearby upscale Mexican restaurant’s windows remain boarded and the half dozen people around you are walking determinedly, all — except one — wearing a mask.

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Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs screens ‘Eat With Me’

David Au’s directorial debut presented

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In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, DC Public Library, and the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs host a screening of “Eat With Me” for May’s #DCQueerFlix on May 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

“Eat With Me,” David Au’s directorial debut, features the story of a mother and her gay son learning to reconnect while trying to keep their business afloat. The film offers a novel take on love, life, and food in the center of Los Angeles.

“Eat With Me” will be available on the Kanopy streaming service and is free for D.C. library patrons.

To register for this virtual event, visit the Eventbrite page.

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Virtual panel tackles Va. trans student policies

Equality Virginia event to dissect VDOE guidance

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inclusive curricula, Frederick County School Board, transgender students, gay news, Washington Blade

Equality Virginia hosts a virtual panel focused on dissecting the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) newly released guidance concerning the treatment of transgender and non-binary youth in schools. This event will be on May 12 at 6 p.m.

Perspectives from LGBTQ youth, parents, legal experts, and community leaders will be shared to shed light on VDOE’s new policies set to go into effect during the 2021-2022 school year.

Event registration is available here.

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