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Documentarian Tomer Heymann & His Subject Jonathan Agassi ("Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life"): "I Don't Mind Being An Old Gay Man"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Release Date: 05/12/2022

Writer-Performer Will Nolan (Gay History for Straight People): “Waiting By the Phone for Beyonce To Call” show art Writer-Performer Will Nolan (Gay History for Straight People): “Waiting By the Phone for Beyonce To Call”

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by writer-performer Will Nolan to discuss his show Gay History for Straight People hosted by his drag alter ego Leona, a 72 year old Southern lesbian who works at the Piggly Wiggly and is obsessed with Kelly Clarkson. Dennis first met Will when Will was a producer on the syndicated LGBT radio show Twist, which Dennis co-hosted from 2006 to 2008. Will talks about how he got into performing after her turned 40, where the character of Leola comes from, the reactions he’s gotten from straight audiences to the show, Leola’s go-to casserole and buying Leola’s wardrobe...

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Photographer Gabriel Goldberg (Coming of Age): Photographer Gabriel Goldberg (Coming of Age): "I Heard You Had Ideas"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with photographer Gabriel Goldberg to talk about his Instagram account Hollywood Bruisers and the gallery show it spawned called "Coming of Age," which shows at the E Lesh gallery in Provincetown on August 11 through the 19th. Gabriel talks about the "seeds of gay desire" that inspired the show, where he finds his models, being bossy behind the camera and drawing inspiration from vintage Colt magazines, Farrah Fawcett and classic gay porn movie Spokes. He also talks about going back to school for photographer after he'd already found success in magazines as the...

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Author Alexander Cheves ( Author Alexander Cheves ("My Love Is A Beast: Confessions): "Heaven's a Dance Floor, Man"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with author and sex columnist Alexander Cheves to discuss his book My Love Is a Beast: Confessions, a collection of autobiographical essays about everything from his brutal coming out to going to bathhouses instead of dance clubs in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting to seeing the legendary Lady Chablis perform the first time he ever set foot in a gay club. Alex also talks about his unique writing process and how he has to speak something out loud before he can commit it to paper. Other topics include: nearly giving up writing as a career just before he got the...

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Author Blair Fell (The Sign for Home): Author Blair Fell (The Sign for Home): "I Dressed My G.I. Joes Like Anne Boleyn"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by author Blair Fell to discuss is terrific debut novel The Sign For Home, which is about the friendship that develops between a headstrong deaf blind Jehovah Witness college student and the stuck-in-his-life, middle-aged gay man who is hired to be his interpreter. Blair talks about the eight years it took to write the book, the bidding war that unfolded when it went out to publishers, crying while recording the audio version, the times he almost gave up and the writers group that saw him through. Blair also talks about his “Plan B” career; working as an...

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Model-Artist John Coulter (All Man: The International Male Story) Model-Artist John Coulter (All Man: The International Male Story) "It's The Only Time You'd Get To Model Mesh"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by model-actor-artist-costumer designer John Coulter to discuss his appearance in the new documentary All Man: The International Male Story, which documents the rise and demise of the West Hollywood-based clothing store and mail-order catalog. In the interview, John recalls his first exposure to the IM catalog as a budding gay teen, how the IM crews were almost all straight, the fun of modeling flamboyant pieces he would never wear in real life and getting recognized on the street by fans of the catalogs. He also recounts traveling to Cuba for a down-low IM shoot only...

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The Cast of Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist plays You Don't Know My Life! show art The Cast of Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist plays You Don't Know My Life!

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by the cast of the hit play Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist for a few rousing rounds of You Don't Know My Life! The lineup includes Tom Lenk, Jayne Entwistle, Mark Jude Sullivan and Byron Lane who is also the playwright. Inspired by the play’s storyline of Tilda Swinton moving in with a gay guy in Weho, Dennis poses these questions: Describe a memorable encounter you've had with a celebrity and Roommate story. Go. The answers involve everything from animal hoarding to tampon thievery to losing your virginity to a sexy weatherman to observing Chris...

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Filmmaker Alex Liu ( Filmmaker Alex Liu ("A Sexplanation"): “My Brain is on the Cover of The Journal of Sexual Medicine"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by Alex Liu, the co-director and star of the documentary A Sexplanation, in which he attempts to right the wrongs of his sorely inadequate American sex education by going on the road and talking with psychologists, sex researchers—and even a Jesuit priest. Alex talks about the shame and anger he felt for years around sex, hanging out with "sex nerds" at the Kinsey Institute and what it was like to masturbate on camera in an MRI machine for the film. Other topics include: Porn Hub search results, nudism, how the film brought him closer to his parents, which...

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YOU DON’T KNOW MY PRIDE! w/ the hosts from DNR Studios show art YOU DON’T KNOW MY PRIDE! w/ the hosts from DNR Studios

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

DNR STUDIOS hosts E Bradshaw, Jaimie Kelton, Romaine Patterson, Adam Sank, Joselyn Contin, & Jonathan Valdez join host Dennis Hensley to play a special Pride Edition of You Don't Know My Life! Listen and laugh as the hosts serve up surprising and occasionally scandalous answers to the following two questions: YOU’RE WRITING AN ARTICLE BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE CALLED “A PRIDE TO REMEMBER.” WHAT HAPPENS IN IT? and WHAT’S A PROVOCATIVE INSCRIPTION OR IMAGE YOU’VE WORN ON A T-SHIRT. The answers involve lesbian love, a stranger named Elvis, a Gaga-Grande downpour and lying down with...

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Filmmaker Peter McDowell ( Filmmaker Peter McDowell ("Jimmy In Saigon"): "I'm a Big Tracker-Downer"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with filmmaker Peter McDowell whose documentary Jimmy In Saigon is showing at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco on Sunday, June 19th at 1:15 PM at the historic Castro Theater and will be available to stream nationwide through Frameline.org from June 24th to 30th.  The Frameline program describes the film this way: "When his golden-haired, blue-eyed brother Jimmy mysteriously died in Vietnam in 1975, gay filmmaker Peter McDowell was just a kid, growing up within his family’s veil of silence. As an adult, armed with a video camera, Peter embarks on a...

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Musicians & Madonna Summer Creators Jason Arnold (AKA Shyboy) & Mark Nubar: Musicians & Madonna Summer Creators Jason Arnold (AKA Shyboy) & Mark Nubar: "Were They Like Friends Or Something?"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via soon by Mark Nubar & Jason Arnold (AKA Shyboy) the musicians and club promoters behind the upcoming mash-up dance party Madonna Summer, which is returning for Pride on June 11th at the 10 ½ nightclub in Downtown Los Angeles. Jason and Mark talk about their love of diva wordplay, why the music of Donna Summer and Madonna work so well together, how both singers were pioneers in their own way and what it feels like behind the deejay booth when the crowd is going nuts for what you’re doing. They also discuss their other diva mashup parties: Britney Houston, Gaga Lipa and...

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Dennis connects via Zoom with Toren Heymann and Jonathan Agassi, the Tel Aviv, Israel-based filmmaker and subject of the new documentary Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life. The film documents about the rags-to-riches-to rags odyssey of Israeli porn performer Jonathan Agassi who rose to prominence in  films like Men Of Israel, Trapped In The Game and Jonathan Agassi Goes Raw, all from director Michael Lucas. Jonathan talks about how he got into porn, the power that came with changing his name and the parts of the business that he loved the most, from having sex with beautiful men to buying lots of shoes. He also talks about his descent into drug use, the first time he tried crystal, how he'd disappear for weeks at a time, and his decision to to let Tomer film him using drugs on camera. He also recalls showing up to early Q & As of the documentary high on drugs and how watching the film and seeing himself use drugs on camera inspired him to get sober. Tomer talks about what drew him to Jonathan as a subject, the moments in the process where he knew he was making a much more serious and intense film than the porn romp he started making and the challenge of getting mainstream audiences to treat this as they would any other acclaimed, award-winning documentary. Other topics include: the deeo relationship Jonathan has with his mother that's at the heart of the film, the Pride Festival where Jonathan first realized the power of his sex appeal, why he loved attending the Hustlaball in Berlin, taking inspiration from Madonna's Sex book, Jonathan's current job working in a supermarket where he often gets recognized by fans of his porn and the warning from Oprah that went unheeded. www.heymannfilms.com