BOND 360 Releases STRIKE A POSE
Opens in Los Angeles, Fri Jan 20 at Laemmle Fine Arts
Following critical acclaim and successful premieres in Berlin and Tribeca earlier this year, STRIKE A POSE comes to Los Angeles for its theatrical release at Laemmle Fine Arts on Friday January 20, 2017, followed by its broadcast premier, an exclusive VOD release, and a home video release later in June to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month.
In 1990, seven young male dancers – six gay, one straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film TRUTH OR DARE – one of the highest-grossing documentaries ever – they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. STRIKE A POSE is a film about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
As a self-proclaimed mother to her dancers Madonna used the film to take a stand on gay rights, freedom of expression and the fight against AIDS. Madonna’s flamboyant dancers became icons of sexual freedom, but ironically they weren’t living it.
Gabriel wasn’t proud of being gay and after failing to persuade Madonna to cut out the kissing scene that would ‘out’ him to his family and friends, he filed a lawsuit against her. Carlton – big, bold and the only dancer who was trusted to lift up the pop icon – was HIV-positive and almost collapsed under the secret that he was carrying on tour. A third dancer is still hiding an important part of himself and now finally wants to open up. For the first time they tell us how hard it has been to live the liberated life they were promoting on stage.
STRIKE A POSE is a fabulously candid documentary that reunites these sleek and effervescent dancers, exploring their lives after the tour and legal battles with Madonna, their glamorous and largely inspirational impact upon society, the horrific effects of HIV/AIDS during and since the 90’s, what it meant to participate in one of the most iconic and controversial tours of pop history.