Queer Icons Abound in 'Golden Age of the Hustlers' Video
Photography by Janis Vogel
The video for "Golden Age of Hustlers" is a 21st-century queer masterpiece and, according to Silas Howard, "an archival, inter-generational, collaborative labor of love." He should know, he co-directed the video with director Erin Greenwell (My Best Day, Sundance 2012) and, not only does the heartfelt video include many Downtown darlings and icons — such as Kate Bornstein, Merrie Cherry, Untitled Queen — it features singer Justin Vivian Bond front and center.
Howard explains that the the song and video is meant as a "queer time capsule set in the 1970s gay hustler scene on Polk Street in San Francisco."
Documentary filmmaker Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk, Common Threads, andThe Celluloid Closet) was a consultant for the archival footage they gathered for the video.
Cinematographer is PJ Raval (above, center) was the cinematographer.
And the video features the queer and trans community in a moving document to be cherished. Watch below.