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Interviews & Articles

Feb 26, 2013
Berlinale’s Best Films
DAZED DIGITAL

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

Feb 5, 2013
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

Jan 29, 2013
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 26, 2013
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 24, 2013
Interior. Leather Bar. – James Franco and Travis Mathews Make Their Risque Debut at Sundance 2013
SPLASH MAGAZINE

Jan 23, 2013
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
Polari Magazine Talks to Travis Mathews – Part 3
“Of course moving around town with James is a whole other circus. We had our last interview with MTV on Sunday and as we left, there were probably over 200 people desperate to get a shot of James; screaming, yelling, snapping.”
POLARI MAGAZINE

Jan 23, 2013
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
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
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 20, 2013
AUDIO INTERVIEW: Daily Buzz: Sundance Interview with Travis Mathews
Interview starts at 26:04
FILM SOCIETY AT LINCOLN CENTER

Jan 18, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Nov 29, 2012
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