FILMMAKER Q&A – Henry Baker – Director, Producer

GS: What was the inspiration for your film?

HB: I came across Athleticpisspig’s videos during some online forays. Far from usual porn fare, I was impressed by the innovation and quality of his numerous productions, editing skills and dedication to the statement he was trying to make. I wasn’t as familiar with piss play as I thought. I was aware that water sports or “golden showers” as a fetish spans the sexual spectrum. It’s practiced in both hetero and homosexual erotic play and may, but doesn’t always, include outright sexual acts. Most LGBT communities are open and frank about certain “specialties” but surprisingly, pissing is less known in “mainstream” gay culture, remaining taboo for some: a closet within the larger gay closet. Still, piss fetish has become a staple sub-genre of gay porn.

I feel that exploring motivations and reasons for such controversial erotic fetishes may help illuminate the delicate and complex human sexual psyche. Instead of dismissing piss play as disgusting or perverted, I believe it is worth examining, especially given its growing popularity.

My film opens that door a bit with the help of someone who is a true expert practitioner. I hope we can discover something about our sexual identities, especially as gay people and overcome a few fears and stereotypes. Besides, it’s always fun to decide whether a particular work is just porn or really art. I hope viewers will learn a bit and enjoy making that decision for themselves.

GS: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?

HB: This project took off incredibly fast. The planets aligned and everything fell into place as gently as a flowing river. I conceived of the film in September 2018, I finished filming by November of that year and the final editing by June 2019.

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?

HB: I’m guessing the most challenging aspect is one that many filmmakers have, cutting down the material, in my case over 6 hours, to express your concept and convey your message in less than 30 minutes.

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?

HB: For me, production quality is always a challenge. Every aspect is difficult for me, to name a few: arranging talent, composing interview questions, gathering the right tools (lighting, camera, mics), using those tools, scouting locations, setting up locations, recording and directing and so much more. The easiest element for me is editing as that is my training and background. 

GS: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?

HB: Create your first project all by yourself, then you will understand the need to work with others on your next project.