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Last week Florsheim and the Tribeca Film Institute hosted a gathering at Florsheim's ongoing Soho pop-up celebrating the soon to be released documentary Making the Boys. Making the Boys is the story of The Boys in the Band—a seminal '60s-era play that lead to a well-reviewed and rather-groundbreaking 1970 film of the same name. Largely unknown to subsequent generations, the movie's first-of-its-kind and realistic portrayals of gay men earned it—according to 1999 review in the San Francisco Chronicle—a sort of Uncle Tom's Cabin status among gays.
Why a documentary? Exactly because the lot of us aren't familiar with the film and probably should be—this according to the film's director, Crayton Robey. Along with Robey, the PBR-fueled screening was attended by original screenwriter Mart Crowley, plus Carson Kressley and Michael Musto—who all appear in the documentary (along with a clueless Christian Siriano). Watch the trailer above; try to ignore the terrible logo.
· Making the Boys [Official Site]
· Tribeca Film Institute [Official Site]
· Florsheim [Official Site]