Original Pride: The Satyrs Motorcycle Club

The year was 1954. Stanley Kramer's stylized film portrayal of America's rebellious youth, The Wild Ones, the original motorcycle movie featuring leather-clad icon Marlon Brando, splashed across the silver screen. Americans were healing from the scars of World War II, and gay veterans were exploring ways to covertly meet other masculine men.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles was there at the beginning of this new era. It was the start of a gay motorcycle club revolution which influenced the creation of other clubs across the nation. This emerging club culture was the means to an end for meeting and socializing with other gay leather-motorcycle buddies.

"Original Pride" is a journey into the legendary Satyrs Motorcycle Club and offers a look at the men who were there and frames their stories, memories and influences on the leather community. Archive footage and vintage photographs reveal how these men shaped gay culture. In addition, it examines how the ever-changing socio-political landscape of our community affected the club and lives of its members. It is a relevant and poignant exploration of the times and an assessment of the Satyrs' future as a vital member of the gay leather-motorcycle community.

Original Pride Viewing Schedule
(Note: This is in reverse chronological order.)

  • September 18th, 2006, airing on Pink TV www.pinktv.fr in France.
    Showing time: 10:55pm (French timezone).

  • May-June, 2006, in New Zealand - Out Takes Festival.
    Showing date(s) will be determined later. The Festival runs May 25 to June 5 in Auckland, June 1-11 in Wellington and June 8-14 in Christchurch.
    For more about Out Takes Festival, see Out Takes 2006, A Reel Queer Film Festival.

  • April 9th, 2006, in Louisville, KY - Louisville Nightwings Run.
    The Nightwings were hosting the meeting of the Mid America Conference of Clubs, so the audience included people from Minnesota to Louisiana and from Missouri to Ohio.
    For more about the Louisville Nightwings, see Louisville Nightwings Web Site.

  • March 12th, 2006, in Tucson, AZ - Wingspan LGBT FilmFest.
    Sunday, March 12th, 7:00pm @ Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona.
    For more about FilmFest, see Wingspan.org/filmfest.

  • February 18th & 20th, 2006, in Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow Film Festival.
    Saturday, February 18th, 3:30pm @ Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    Monday, February 20th, 1:00pm @ Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    For more about the Glasgow Film Festival, see glasgowfilmfestival.org.uk.

  • November 18th, 2005, in Cardiff, Wales, UK - 2005 Cardiff Screen Festival.
    Friday, November 18th, 7:30pm @ Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff.

  • November 11th, 2005, in Chicago - Reeling 2005: The 24th Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival.
    Friday, November 11th, 5:30pm @ Columbia College's FIlm Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Located in the south loop in the historic Ludington Building.

  • November 10th, 2005, in Dallas - OUT TAKES Dallas: 7th Annual Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
    Thursday, November 10th, 5pm @ Magnolia Theatre, in West Village, on the corner of McKinney & Lemmon.

  • November 4th, 2005, in San Francisco - CineKink Film Festival.
    Friday, November 4th, 7pm @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

  • October 20th, 2005, in New York City - CineKink NYC Festival.
    Thursday, October 20th, 7pm @ Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street.

  • October 15th, 2005, in Washington, DC - Reel Affirmations XV Film Festival.
    Saturday, October 15th @ Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh Street, NW.

  • July 16th, 2005, in Hollywood - "Outfest" - The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
    Saturday, July 16th, 7pm @ Director's Guild Theatre, 7920 W. Sunset Blvd.

  • July 8th, 2005, in Philadelphia - "PIGLFF" - Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
    Friday, July 8th, 7:15pm @ Black Box / Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street.

  • June 23rd, 2005, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - "ReelHeART" International Film Festival.
    This film festival coincides in time with the Toronto Gay Pride Celebration, but is not part of it.
    Thursday, June 23rd, 9:30pm @ Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West.

  • June 21st & 22nd, 2005, in San Francisco - "Frameline" - The San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.   See Frameline Flyer.
    • Tuesday, June 21st, 8pm @ Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th Street at Valencia Street.
    • Wednesday, June 22nd, 11:30am @ Castro Theater, 492 Castro Street.

  • June 11th & 12th, 2005, in Chicago - The Leather Archives and Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Avenue.
    Saturday night, June 11th, and Sunday afternoon, June 12th.

  • June 5th, 2005, in New York City - "Newfest" - The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival.
    Sunday, June 5th, 6pm @ Lowes Cineplex, 312 34th St. at 8th Ave.

  • April 30th, 2005, in Cleveland, Ohio - The Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW).
    Saturday, April 30th, 12:30pm.   See CLAW Web Site for more info.

  • March 19th, 2005, in Los Angeles - The Mr. LA Leather Contest Weekend.
    Saturday, March 19th, 11am @ The Wilshire Grand Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood Room on B level near the LALC registration desk.

  • March 3rd, 2005, in Palm Springs - Thursday, March 3rd, 6pm @ Heaven, 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive.

  • Other dates: TBA.

Scott Bloom
Tragoidia Moving Pictures

Scott began working professionally in Southern California 10 years ago as freelance editor in various formats such as Feature Documentary, Situation Comedies, Network Branding, Film Trailers and Reality Television.

Recently Scott has been stretching as a Producer and Director by shooting and editing "Original Pride", his first independently produced feature length documentary.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Scott was also crowned International Mr. Leather 2000 1st runner up while representing Pistons Bar in Long Beach, CA. Touring the country, Scott became very aware that a bridge must be built to better attract the new blood that is the future of motorcycling and leather. He is currently serving his first term as President of The Satyrs Motorcycle Club and hopes that "Original Pride" will help to serve as that bridge.

Last Updated: 18 October 2006