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Jim Tushinski
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Jim Tushinski is a fiction writer and filmmaker living in Southern California. Jim's short fiction has appeared in tBlithe House Quarterly, The James White Review, and Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly. Currently, Jim is in post-production for his feature-length documentary debut, a portrait of 70's gay male porn icon Peter Berlin, and is also working on a new novel. -- from Saints & Sinners

  • Van Allen's Ecstasy (2004)
    "Born into an extraordinarily talented family, 29-year-old Michael Van Allen is the son of a well-known concert pianist and an equally famous painter. All his life, he has yearned for the talent and creativity that should have been his birthright but have somehow been denied him. When he wakes up in a mental hospital, his memory gone, his former life erased, his doctor tells him of his screaming breakdown during one of his fatherís performances.   Van Allen's Ecstasy is the story of Michael's journey in search of his former self. As he pieces together his forgotten life, Michael uncovers jealousy, obsession, and secret desires that threaten to destroy his sanity once again." -- description from Jim's website

  • Dirty Poole (In development)
    Writer, director and producer Jim Tushinski is seeking tax-deductible donations of his next project, Dirty Poole.  This is the story of the influential, pioneering filmmaker Wakefield Poole, whose films changed the face of adult gay films and of American independent and underground cinema.  If you have an interest in the art and culture and history of the 1970s or in gay culture in general, consider helping out by visiting htttp://www.dirtypoole.com.

  • That Man: Peter Berlin (2005)
    Documentary that explores the life and career of the 1970s gay erotic icon.  One of the very few survivors of the early days of gay porno, Berlin is now in his 60s and very much alive. In That Man, Berlin dispenses history, philosophy, celebrity gossip, and his feelings about male sexuality, fame, growing old, and the loss of all his friends.  Containing interviews with Peter and his friends and fans, excerpts from his films, the still images for which Berlin is famous, and many personal and previously unseen photographs and video clips, That Man is as funny, eccentric, and poignant as its subject--the reluctant porn star, Peter Berlin, and the shy, reclusive man who created him.

    Now available directly from Jim Tushinsk (DVD)Please let Jim know you found this at DREAMWalker Group.

  • Jan-Michael Vincent is My Muse (2002) -- Finalist for the Audience Choice award at the 2004 University of Oregon Queer Film Festival
    Combining film clips, animation, and video, Jan-Michael Vincent Is My Muse portrays a series of fan letters in which Clarence concocts a goofy, unintentionally erotic Western movie with leading roles meant just for himself and JMV.

See also:
  • Identity Envy: Wanting to Be Who We're Not (2007), Jim Tushinski and Jim Van Buskirk, eds.
    Gay men and lesbians present humorous and hard-hitting accounts of the need to belong . . . somewhere.

    Why would a lesbian raised in a Jewish home have a sudden desire to be a tough-talking Catholic girl? And why would a gay man travel to Ireland in a desperate attempt to escape his "hillbilly" roots? Identity Envy--Wanting to Be Who We're Not explores the connections gay men and lesbians have to religions, races, ethnicities, classes, families of origin, and genders not their own. This unique anthology takes both humorous and serious looks at the identities of others as queer writers explore their own identity envies in personal essays, memoirs, and other creative nonfiction.

    Gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, intersex, and other sexual minorities often feel marginalized by mainstream culture and have a need to belong somewhere, to claim a group as their own. This surprising book presents stories of identity envy that are humorous and hard-hitting, poignant and provocative, written with energy, wit, and candor by many of your favorite writers-and some exciting newcomers.

  • His 3: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers (1999), Robert Drake and Terry Wolverton (eds.)

  • Quickies: Short Short Fiction on Gay Male Desire (1998) by James C. Johnstone

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