Queer Icons Abound in 'Golden Age of the Hustlers' Video

By: Gay.net Editors
4.3.2014

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 Closetwas 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.

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