The Gay Rub is a project by Steven Reigns devoted to collecting rubbings from LGBTQ historical markers, signs, tombstones, cenotaphs, plaques, and monuments. By gathering LGBTQ rubbings from across the globe, these public historic commemorations can be viewed at once. LGBTQ history and landmarks are underrepresented and under appreciated. The Gay Rub’s aim is to help draw more attention to the markers and the LGBTQ significance that prompted them.
Steven Reigns is a Los Angeles-based poet and educator and was appointed the first Poet Laureate of West Hollywood. Alongside over a dozen chapbooks, he has published the collections Inheritance and Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat. Reigns holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida, a Master of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, and is an eleven-time recipient of The Los Angeles County’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ Artist in Residency Grant. Currently he is touring The Gay Rub, an exhibition of rubbings from LGBT landmarks, facilitates the monthly Lambda Lit Book Club, and is at work on a new collection of poetry. Visit the project official website at: www.stevenreigns.com/thegayrub Michael J. Saul is fairly new to documentary filmmaking, He was a pioneer in the San Francisco art and film scene of the 1980s, producing a series of experimental films with musical collaborator Steven M. Miller (1965 – 2014) which found success in film festivals around the world. In 1991 he began working in Los Angeles, producing and directing his first feature film in 2004. His most recent feature directorial “The Surface” had its world premiere in 2015 at Frameline San Francisco and garnered stellar reviews.
Michael currently works in Los Angeles as an animator and director. His animation work includes the HBO documentary “Casting By”, the CNN documentary “Documented” and the upcoming “Hurley” about famed racing legend Hurley Haywood.
In 2015 Michael directed and animated his first immersive dome show “Ceremony” for musician James Hood, which premiered at the Vortex Dome in Los Angeles. Since then he has also directed James’ first VR project “Perpetuality” and the new dome show “Mesmerica”, which is currently touring the U.S. More at: www.MichaelSaul.com