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Mar 27, 2013
REVIEW: Interior. Leather Bar. at London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
“Interior. Leather Bar. does offer something that is rarely handed to the audience; a frank and no bullshit look at ourselves.”
FRONT ROW REVIEWS

Feb 26, 2013
REVIEW: Berlinale’s Best Films
DAZED DIGITAL

Feb 12, 2013
REVIEW: ‘Interior. Leather Bar’ Is A Surprisingly Successful James Franco Experiment On Male Sexuality & Filmic Process
“We have been critical of Franco before, and probably will be again for the times his experiments cross the line from personal exploration into pretentious exercise. But with “Interior. Leather Bar.” that line is walked cleverly (are Mathews and Lauren perhaps a good influence as collaborators?), and Franco has finally delivered a side project that does at least some justice to his eclectic artistic ambitions.”
INDIEWIRE

Feb 11, 2013
INTERVIEW: Travis Mathews at Berlin’s International Film Festival (in German)
INTERVIEW MAGAZINE, GERMANY

Feb 8, 2013
REVIEW: Sundance Review: James Franco’s Interior. Leather Bar.
“Interior. Leather Bar. achieves exactly what it set out to do: make you think, and think hard.”
OUT OF ORDER MAGAZINE

Feb 5, 2013
INTERVIEW: Polari Magazine Talks to Travis Mathews – Part 6: In Conclusion
“I only have so much control over what this rolls into, but there is an emerging confidence that this is my jam. My goals are pretty modest; I just want to be able to keep making movies.”
POLARI MAGAZINE

Feb 4, 2013
REVIEW: Screen Daily on Interior. Leather Bar.
“A fascinating and intriguing film that never takes any simple options and works well in terms of raising provocative issues.”
SCREEN DAILY

Feb 1, 2013
VIDEO: Conversation with Travis Mathews at Sundance 2013
OUTFEST LA

Jan 30, 2013
VIDEO: Variety Interviews Franco and Mathews at Sundance
VARIETY

Jan 29, 2013
INTERVIEW: Polari Magazine Talks to Travis Mathews – Part 5
“There are very few characters or people in my movies (fiction and non-fiction) who aren’t playing some version of themselves. It says something to the tension I feel between story and straight up documentary I guess – I don’t feel fully comfortable in either.”
POLARI MAGAZINE

Jan 28, 2013
VIDEO: James Franco with Directors Travis Mathews & Christina Voros
DP/30

Jan 26, 2013
INTERVIEW: Polari Magazine Talks to Travis Mathews – Part 4
“It’s basically like being in a pinball machine. I knew that this film was going to be polarizing, but grasping that as you’re making it or editing in isolation is a whole different thing from experiencing the press and the individual responses that have been wildly hot or cold. At the moment I’m high on the New York Times piece that praised Interior. Leather Bar first among the others from the festival (which in and of itself is crazy).”
POLARI MAGAZINE

Jan 25, 2013
VIDEO: James Franco & Travis Mathews on Interior. Leather Bar.
VANITY FAIR

Jan 24, 2013
REVIEW/ARTICLE: Independent Voices Drown Out the Buzz: Highlights of the Sundance Film Festival
“One of the sharpest, best surprises of the festival”
THE NEW YORK TIMES

Jan 24, 2013
VIDEO: Sundance Interview with James Franco & Travis Mathews
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Jan 24, 2013
ARTICLE: Interior. Leather Bar. – James Franco and Travis Mathews Make Their Risque Debut at Sundance 2013
SPLASH MAGAZINE

Jan 23, 2013
INTERVIEW: Travis Mathews on Interior. Leather Bar, James Franco, and Cruising
“A lot of what I gravitate toward is gay male intimacy. And there’s a lot of ways to look at that, many different angles and ways to explore that.”
NERVE MAGAZINE

Jan 23, 2013
INTERVIEW: Polari Magazine Talks to Travis Mathews – Part 3
“It’s basically like being in a pinball machine. I knew that this film was going to be polarizing, but grasping that as you’re making it or editing in isolation is a whole different thing from experiencing the press and the individual responses that have been wildly hot or cold. At the moment I’m high on the New York Times piece that praised Interior. Leather Bar first among the others from the festival (which in and of itself is crazy).”
POLARI MAGAZINE

Jan 23, 2013
ARTICLE: Wow! I didn’t Expect To See That at the Library.
“If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of gay sex, this might not be a movie you want to see, particularly at your local library.”
ART LOBSTER

Jan 22, 2013
INTERVIEW: Polari Magazine Talks to Travis Mathews – Part 2
“I completely agree that I found my voice by identifying as an outsider. If I’d been straight I don’t think I would have ever left Johnstown. It’s different now with the Internet, but when I was a kid there were baked-in assumptions that boiled down to “you will never leave here and why would you want to?”
POLARI MAGAZINE

Jan 21, 2013
INTERVIEW: Polari Magazine Talks to Travis Mathews – Part 1
“From a very early age it was all about preservation and escape and concealing how I felt. I started writing stories about escape, horror stories basically, about scream queens like Jamie Lee Curtis. My make-believe consisted of running around the backyard gasping in terror at the pretend killer about to get me.”
POLARI MAGAZINE

Jan 21, 2013
REVIEW: Ray Greene on Sundance 2013: ‘Interior: Leather Bar’
“As a nuanced and almost loving exploration of imagery and topics that are frequently dealt with via political hysteria, “Interior. Leather Bar.” deserves as wide an audience as is possible for it to obtain.”
KPCC

Jan 21, 2013
VIDEO: James Franco Interior. Leather Bar.
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Jan 21, 2013
VIDEO: James Franco Brings kink, Interior. Leather Bar. To Sundance
MTV

Jan 20, 2013
REVIEW: Interior. Leather Bar. at Sundance
“I appreciate films that challenge the audience and leave them thinking, and I think Interior. Leather Bar. does just that.”
FILM THREAT

Jan 20, 2013
REVIEW: Sundance Review: James Franco Discusses His Sexuality (And Yours) In ‘Interior. Leather Bar
“The movie is considerably smarter and more engaging than its premise may suggest.”
INDIE WIRE

Jan 20, 2013
AUDIO INTERVIEW: Daily Buzz: Sundance Interview with Travis Mathews
Interview starts at 26:04
FILM SOCIETY AT LINCOLN CENTER

Jan 19, 2013
REVIEW: Polari Magazine Review of Interior. Leather Bar.
“Mathews undermines and reveals the tricks and techniques of documentary filmmaking and the conventions of cinema verité in a playful manner, reinforcing them as conventions while making us question everything we see.”
POLARI MAGAZINE

Jan 19, 2013
VIDEO: Travis Mathews co-director of ‘Interior.Leather.Bar.’
RED CARPET DIARY

Jan 18, 2013
INTERVIEW: Gay Film Auteur Travis Mathews Talks Interior. Leather Bar.
“The thing that’s the most queer about it to me is that it really does resist easy categorization. It’s a movie about movie making. It’s a movie about celebrity and what people do to be part of a celebrity project.”
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

Jan 18, 2013
INTERVIEW: Val Lauren Goes Crusing in ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’ at Sundance
“There was a debate taking place in my head as I was reading the scene about me having a personal debate with myself…It was a surreal experience!”
BACKSTAGE

Jan 17, 2013
ARTICLE: Why Is James Franco So Interested In Gay Sex?
“But why would a mainstream movie star be so interested in gay sexuality if he were straight? Leather Bar. provides the potential answer during its centerpiece scene, where Franco’s friend actor Val Lauren probes him on that very topic.”
THE VULTURE

Jan 16, 2013
INTERVIEW: James Franco… Made an Erotic Gay Short Film: Co-Director Travis Mathews Talks Interior. Leather Bar.
“Many will find [Franco’s] latest project, Interior. Leather Bar., described as “a play with boundaries remaining queer in subject and form,” the most balls-to-the-wall of his homo bounty.”
HUFFINGTON POST

Jan 15, 2013
ARTICLE: 20 Films We Can’t Wait to See at Sundance
“Interior. Leather Bar.” is an incredible investigation of masculinity and sexuality. We’re incredibly excited to see how this hybrid doc pans out in feature-length form.”
INDIE WIRE

Jan 15, 2013
INTERVIEW: James Franco Talks Gay Sex
“Hearing an actor enamored by girls and guys the world over talk frankly about sex, gay sex, and bondage was, honestly, completely refreshing. You can almost hear boundaries splinter and crack.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

OCT 2, 2012
INTERVIEW: James Franco’s 40 Minutes: An Exclusive Preview
“A very well-done and thought-provoking exploration of gay underground culture and Franco’s own interest in queer issues.”
PAPERMAG

OCT 4, 2012
ARTICLE: New-wave queer cinema: ‘Gay experience in all its complexity’
A fresh crop of directors are rejecting stereotypical roles and predictable plots, creating films that deal with real life and rounded characters
GUARDIAN UK

Nov 29, 2012
ARTICLE: At Sundance, a Lot of James Franco and Other Experiments
NEW YORK TIMES

Praise for INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.
“Awesome! complicated, strange and avant-garde.”

– Gus Van Sant

“A bracingly provocative and fearless ride defying easy categorization. Mathews continues to forge his own path doing what no one else in queer cinema is doing. I loved this film.”

– Andrew Haigh

“A beautifully-made cinematic guide to penetrating the membranes of sexual fear that separate us.”

– John Cameron Mitchell