When NakedSword producers approached experimental short filmmaker Travis Mathews about making an amateur porn feature in the vein of his "In Their Room" series, they seem to have overlooked the effect the amateur aspect would have on the project's non-explicit scenes.

When NakedSword producers approached experimental short filmmaker Travis Mathews about making an amateur porn feature in the vein of his “In Their Room” series, they seem to have overlooked the effect the amateur aspect would have on the project’s non-explicit scenes. Whereas unsimulated-sex exercise “Shortbus” bent over backward to integrate the action into a proper screenplay, Mathews’ “I Want Your Love” subscribes to the DIY generation’s more listless, navel-gazing approach (with the welcome addition of Asian- and African-American cast members), of interest primarily because the helmer announced he would be collaborating with James Franco shortly before the pic’s Outfest premiere.

While giving gender theorists and alt-art hounds something to scratch their heads over, the pic should best serve at-home voyeurs potentially eager to see characters more like themselves onscreen. Centered around a self-absorbed San Francisco performance artist (Jesse Metzger) steeling himself for the move back to Ohio, this unflatteringly handheld, shot-on-video assembly features less plot than most pornos and little of the real-people intimacy one might hope for from a film in which awkward dramatic scenes serve primarily to get these non-actors back in their rooms.

I Want Your Love

Production

A NakedSword Entertainment presentation of a Jack Shamama production in association with GDuroy, Tim Valenti, Jason Buchtel. Produced by Jack Shamama, Travis Mathews. Executive producer, Valenti. Directed, written by Travis Mathews.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), Keith Wilson; editors, Mathews, Bryan Darling. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, July 21, 2012. (In Outfest, NewFest, Frameline.) Running time: 71 MIN.

With

Jesse Metzger, Brontez Purnell, Ben Jasper, Keith McDonald, Jorge Rodolfo, Ferrin Solano, Wayne Bumb, Peter De Groot.

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