'College' exerts a bizarre and dramatic fascination.

Going behind the scenes of a 24/7 live website in which participants are observed everywhere — bedroom and bath included — might seem redundant, yet docu “College Boys Live” exerts a bizarre and dramatic fascination by observing that Orwellian experiment-cum-entertainment over a six-month haul. As in TV reality shows, protags naturally act out in their unnatural circumstances; the proprietors’ claims that all this somehow affirms “gay is good” are highly compromised by the project’s voyeuristic exploitation. Specialized cable and DVD sales are signaled.

Brit expat Zac Adams runs “College Boys Live” as a paid subscription site where members can watch allegedly “hot, horny college boys!” in a communal home with pool, Jacuzzi and all-seeing vidcams. The skinny young lads must chat online nightly, partly while nude. Whether intentionally selected, or because no one in his right mind would sign on, the residents tend to be from broken homes or otherwise troubled backgrounds; this high-tech fishbowl reps a questionable improvement. Crises include a lawsuit-forced move, one subscriber’s increasingly obsessive friendship with a resident, and a boy’s ejection for out-of-control behavior. Rough but serviceable tech package has occasionally unintelligible sound.

College Boys Live

Production

A Keyknowpix production. Produced, directed by George O'Donnell.

Crew

Camera (color, DigiBeta), Phill Kess; editor, Hope Litoff. Reviewed at Frameline, San Francisco, June 25, 2009. (Also in NewFest, Outfest.) Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Zac Adams.
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