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Meet the actor from the Daddyhunt series

BJ Gruber: The man of many talents.

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I came across BJ Gruber watching his successful YouTube series called the Queens Project and the short film on YouTube called Daddyhunt: The Serial. BJ always plays a diverse range of characters and he is a man of many talents. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about his life on screen.

I found your web series on YouTube the Queens Project and from the first episode I was hooked. So I see that season three was funded on Indiegogo. Where would you like to see this series go?

My dream for the series is to have a syndicated television show. That’d make me pretty ecstatic. Season 3 is really amazing and it is set for release this summer. Ken, Ra-ey, and I edited it together.

I also found you on Daddyhunt: the Serial, which has over 2.5 million views on YouTube. You play a guy that just moved into an apartment and you think the hot daddy down the hall is the handyman. Then some heartache and romance happens. Are you dating anyone?

I am dating someone.

I had a look at your resume and wow, you have some skills in dance, ballet, tap and hip hop, and you speak German, know hand to hand and knife and sword. Where did you learn all of these?

School. I got a degree in Theatre & dance and used that time to learn new skills.

I see you are also a gamer. Can you tell us a little about who BJ Gruber is?

Sure! I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and went to James Madison University. I moved to New York City six years ago and have worked in theaters all over the nation. I also work in film, tv, commercial, and print pretty regularly. I’ve also been writing, filming, and editing my own content. Check out my YouTube channel! I’ll have some new films out soon.

What is next for you on the horizon?

I’m writing, editing, and shooting some short films myself that are all about shared human experiences. So be on the lookout for those on my Instagram and YouTube channel!

Thank you for stopping by, be sure to catch BJ Gruber on Season 3 of the Queens Project and DaddyHunt 3. Also, be sure to follow him on Instagram , subscribe to him on YouTube to find out the latest project he has been working on and you can always check out his website .

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Outdoors Cruising: the art behind the bushes

On a quest for anonymous and casual sex? ‘Cruising’ is not dead!

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© Still from "Cruising in the Park", Antonio da Silva (Edited)

Outdoors cruising is not dead!

We have all heard stories of the ‘old days’, before mobile apps and even gay bars, when homosexuality was a taboo – and in many countries illegal – outdoors cruising was the only way for gay men to be able to find a sexual encounter.

Nowadays, homosexuality is no longer criminal in most of the western world and technology is here to stay. Socialising with our friends or acquaintances behind a screen and finding a sexual partner has never been easier. But some still prefer the rush and the forbidden pleasure of a casual outdoors hook up with a random stranger.

If you think that the rise of new technologies and that the closure of gay adult entertainment venues is killing cruising – think again.

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© Still from “Cruising in the Park“, Antonio da Silva

From underground culture to art

Outdoors cruising has been source of inspiration for many artists, Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. Tom of Finland) being one of the most recognisable names exploring the artistic potential of cruising.

Many young artists have proved that this element of the sexuality of gay men is alive, well and more popular than ever and their artwork exhibited in screens and galleries all over the world.

A brilliant example of that new generation of artists is Antonio da Silva – a young award-winning Portuguese experimental filmmaker that explores the hidden side of homoerotic culture in a voyeuristic and indie way.

On his official site he explains:

“I have always been fascinated by male sex and sexuality. I became increasingly frustrated with how moving image explored this and have begun to make it the subject of my films over the last three years. I do not consider myself a pornographer but a filmmaker who use my background to choreograph short films with explicit sex themes.”

Since 2011, when he launched his first short film “Mates” – an intimate view into the world of online hook ups – Antonio has been exploring many current themes of the gay culture such as fetish, voyeurism and, of course, outdoors cruising.

Each film is a mystic combination of sound, image and movement that captivates the viewer from the first second and has granted him a space in some of the most wanted film festivals all over the world.

From the ‘hidden camera’ documentary style of Bankers, the dance-based choreographic scenes of Dancers, to the futuristic – and almost stroboscopic – view into the world of online gay sex of Spunk, Antonio keeps experimenting and delighting his viewers with the most captivating homoerotic short films.

“Cruising in the Park” – a sensorial immersion into the cruising scene

On his most recent work – “Cruising in the Park” – Antonio teamed up with Fabio Lopes to take us on a journey into the world of outdoors cruising. Moving away from the mainstream staged pornographic cinematography, it combines low angle and close up shots with a real audio experience and narrative giving us a sensation of first-person experience.

And, if just like me, you are a massive fan of movie/series adaptation of dark themed comic books like Jessica Jones and Watchmen, you will fall in love with Rodrigo Penalosa’s deep voiced narrator’s commentary throughout the film.

Don’t believe me, then watch the trailer (NSFW) below:

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