Vittorio (1970)

“I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole” tells the story of a sometimes overlooked gay liberation and independent film making pioneer. In late 1971, Wakefield Poole, a respected Broadway dancer and choreographer, had the audacity to put his real name above the title of his first film, a low-budget, hardcore gay erotic feature called “Boys in the Sand.” And to make sure everyone knew about it, Poole advertised the film in the New York Times, creating a sensation. In an era when anyone making, promoting, or appearing in what the US government considered “pornography” could be liable for prosecution and jail time, Poole was a remarkably open and honest gay film maker. He became internationally famous and his movies screened for years as examples that films could be artistic as well as sexually explicit.

“Riveting” – LA Weekly

“Excellent…I Always Said Yes is not only a tribute to a life fully lived, but a testament to a truly talented individual who remained true to his artistic side.” – Edge

Poole, now in his 80s, tells his own story, that of an outspoken and articulate artist in a turbulent, passionate time. He didn’t think of himself as a pornographer. He was a filmmaker who used his dance and theater background to create beautiful, erotic art films that “challenged the mind.” To many, though, Poole just made dirty movies. But Poole was so much more than a filmmaker and his amazing life story leads him through twists and turns, triumphs and tragedies, and a number of remarkable reinventions.

Filled with gorgeous archival footage, excerpts from Poole’s lushly photographed films, and entertaining and illuminating interviews with Poole’s contemporaries and colleagues, “I Always Said Yes” is a story of artistic integrity and disappointment, self-destruction, reinvention, love, sex, fortitude, and a little musical comedy.

This is the 2016 Director’s Cut, which expands a section of the documentary as well as adds new archival footage and restored clips from Poole’s films.

Subtitles available in

English SDH
Español de Latinoamérica y el Caribe
Português do Brasil

BONUS FEATURES with Purchase

Purchasing the documentary also gives you access to these bonus features:

Andy (1971, 10 minutes – Wakefield Poole, director) Experimental tour of Andy Warhol’s show at the Whitney Museum

Vittorio (1970, 3 minutes – Wakefield Poole, director) Cut-out animation using the poster art of Vittorio Fiorucci for Images in Motion at Triton Gallery, New York

Revisiting Fire Island (2014, 10 minutes) Short documentary that follows Wakefield Poole returning to the houses he filmed in when making Boys in the Sand. He discusses his filming experiences as well as the architectural and community significance of the houses.

Wakefield Poole in San Francisco (2016, 12 minutes) Short documentary that takes a closer look at several key parts of Wakefield Poole’s life during the San Francisco years 1974 – 1979. Hot Flash of America, the Nob Hill Theater, Night Flight/Stars parties, and the famous stage act featuring porn star Roger are all profiled.

2 Deleted Sequences (4 mins each) – The production of Poole’s final video, One Two Three, and the 2007 New York Public Library incident.

6 Deleted Scenes (6:30 mins total)

Additional interview with Executive Producer Ed Frascino about his long-time friendship with Wakefield Poole

Bonus Features in English.

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