Pleasure Park is the fifth publishing project by filmmaker and photographer, Matt Lambert produced as both a film and zine, inspired by the legacy of Tom of Finland.
The film is a follow up to Lambert’s first xxx studio film, Flower. Pleasure Park is a documentary portrait of a group of friends and adult performers shot over one summer day at TOM House (Tom of Finland Foundation and Tom’s former home).
The cast includes Sean Ford, Joey Mills, Angel Rivera, River Wilson and Tannor Reed with a live music performance by Taco Guillen of Scum and several of its East LA Latinx members.
The film does show the cast having sex, further blurring the classifications of the documentary, erotic portraiture, and pornography. On the cast, Lambert explains, “Sean Ford is a friend who I’ve worked with often and first met when we made Flower together, which is also how I met Joey. Angel and Joey are boyfriends, and I’ve also worked with them. River and I first met in Berlin and did a music vid together, and Tannor I found on a cam site, the one fresh addition to the group.” He continues, “Generally we all felt comfortable with each other, and I felt confident they were all people I could create something really honest and spontaneous with, that was explicit but also had a sense of friendship and humour to it.”