Shifting Gears: A Bisexual Transmission

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Shifting Gears: A Bisexual Transmission
Shiftinggears.jpg
DVD cover with Cameron Marshall, Britney Amber, Shy Love and Lee Stephens
Directed by Chi Chi LaRue
Produced by Steven Walker
Written by Chi Chi LaRue
Starring Wolf Hudson
Blake Riley
Cameron Marshall
Shy Love
Lola
Johnny Hazzard
Britney Amber
Ryan Alexander
Krystal Kali
Cody Springs
Lee Stephens
Music by Redshag
Cinematography Adam Killian
Edited by Josh Eliot
Distributed by Channel 1 Releasing
Release date
2008
Country United States
Language English

Shifting Gears: A Bisexual Transmission (or more simply Shifting Gears) is a controversial GayVN Award winning bisexual pornographic film written and directed by Chi Chi LaRue and released by Channel 1 Releasing in 2008.[1]

Plot[edit]

The boss of a car shop (Wolf Hudson) is in dire need of a good mechanic to fix a broken down car. The shop is completely run by men, but a female mechanic named Billie (Krystal Kali) decides to apply after seeing a "help wanted" sign. The boss gives her a shot if she can fix broken down vehicle that all the other mechanics haven't been able to fix. If accomplished she's hired, but if she doesn't, she must leave the premises and go out on a date with him. To the dismay of the men, she agrees to the challenge, as she is looking for a job. She gets the car started and stuns everyone with her skills and is immediately hired. All the mechanics make it difficult for her, especially one of the men (Cameron Marshall), play practical jokes and pranks to get her to leave. Cameron and Billie do not like each other, but there is strong tension between them. After catching each other watching the boss and his girlfriend (Lola) engaging in sex inside the office, they become friendly with one another. The next time the guys start trouble with Billie, Cameron jumps in to defend her and tell all of them to leave her alone. The film ends with Cameron and Billie falling in love and embracing each other with a kiss. The climactic scene of the movie involved a bisexual orgy that all the actors participate in, a scene that took seven hours to film.[1]

The film stars Blake Riley, Cameron Marshall, Wolf Hudson, Johnny Hazzard, Shy Love, Lola, Lee Stephens, Krystal Kali, Britney Amber, Cody Springs and Ryan Alexander.

Cast[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Shifting Gears sparked controversy in August 2008, when its official press release coined the term "straight-for-pay", a play on "gay-for-pay", to refer to the film's well-known gay stars appearing in heterosexual scenarios for the first time.[2] Riley's scene with Shy Love was reportedly his first sexual encounter with a woman[3], which he later claimed to have enjoyed.[1] Unapologetic about having lost his heterosexual virginity, Riley jokingly boasted that "I fucked a girl and I liked it" to the tune of Katy Perry's song "I Kissed a Girl".[1][4] He added that he was totally comfortable during his heterosexual pairings and had no problems maintaining an erection.[5] These comments drew heavy criticism from Riley's gay fans. He fueled the controversy in an October 2008 Randy Blue performance in which he stated he was open to doing another bisexual film, and revealed that his ultimate sexual fantasy was to be penetrated by a female wearing a strap-on.[6]

Cameron Marshall, however, was not a gold star gay man upon appearing in the film. An interviewer with the gay newspaper "Between the Lines" implies that Marshall performs heterosexual sex well enough in "Shifting Gears" that it seems like Marshall has had sex with women before, commenting "you have sex with a chick. You looked like you had done it before." In response, Marshall stated that he has had sex with women because he dated women and had girlfriends until he was 20, before switching over to dating men exclusively. Having entered gay porn at age 20 and having made "Shifting Gears" at age 22, it had been 2 years since Marshall had slept with a woman.[7] At the time of filming "Shifting Gears" Marshall considered himself to be gay because, although he lost his virginity to a woman and had "fun" dating women, he was now "over it" and only dated men.[8]

In response to the controversy, Chi Chi LaRue defended the film as a work of art, praising Blake Riley's performance and claiming that the film was more authentically bisexual than most bisexual porn.[9]

“I would say probably the biggest standout in this movie was Blake Riley, who has never been with a girl in his life. Blake fucks Shy and Brittany, and also fucks the lovely Ms. Amber while also getting fucked by Ryan Alexander’s big dick. Delish! I know all the complaints about bi porn in the past. Fans would always complain about how the sex wasn’t authentically bisexual with just one lesbian scene, one gay scene, one straight scene. Sometimes it worked out that way, but this movie is very bisexual. Just wait until you see that huge orgy. Everyone does everything to everyone. They sell and sell and sell. Not huge numbers all at once, but very consistently over time. I was looking at the numbers for my older bi movies like ‘Mile Bi Club’ and ‘Fly Bi Night’ and was really surprised at how many units we’d moved. I knew it was time for another one.”

Reception[edit]

Writing for Gawker Media's Fleshbot, Brian O'Brien praised the film stating that while the movie had a "cheesy theme" it was also "incredibly revolutionary". O'Brien further stated that the film's depiction of "a place where there are no sexual orientations" was a good thing because it gave gay men something different to watch and that watching heterosexual sex scenes could cause gay men to question their sexuality by thinking, "Hmm, that looks fun. Maybe we should try it."[2] Another "Fleshbot" author approved of the "fabulously perverse" film because it "gets the gays to try something new" and described the film's plot of gay men having sex with woman as "perverse hotness", making the point that gay men "chuckle every time we see the pendulum swinging the other way" if straight men try homosexual sex, so there is nothing wrong with gay men trying heterosexual sex.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Shifting Gears won the 2009 GayVN Award for Best Bisexual Film. Wolf Hudson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the first male performer to be nominated in that category for a bisexual film at the GayVN Awards.[10] It also received a Grabby Awards nomination for Best Art Direction, a first for a bisexual film in that category.[11] Johnny Hazzard was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the first male performer to be nominated in that category for a bisexual film at the Grabby Awards.

Year Award Category Winner/Nominee Result
2009 GayVN Awards Best Bisexual Film Channel 1 Releasing Won
GayVN Awards Best Supporting Actor Wolf Hudson Nominated
Grabby Awards Best Art Direction Channel 1 Releasing Nominated
Grabby Awards Best Supporting Actor Johnny Hazzard Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Cameron Marshall, Blake Riley Go Straight". Adult Video News. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  2. ^ a b c "We Watched A Bisexual Movie And Our Eyes Did Not Melt And Fall Out Of Our Head". Fleshbot. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Channel 1 Releasing 'Shifting Gears' With Bisex Epic". Xbiz.com. Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Cameron Marshall and Blake Riley Go Straight". XCritic.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  5. ^ [1]. XBIZ Premiere, September 2008 issue.
  6. ^ [2]. Blake Riley's live performance on Randy Blue, October 1, 2008.
  7. ^ "Good Baptist Gone Bad". Pride Source. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Cameron Marshall's Close-Up". JustUsBoys. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  9. ^ "Porn Pulse: LaRue Needs You". South Florida Gay News. Retrieved 2017-07-30. 
  10. ^ 2009 GAYVN Award Nominees Announce. Retrieved on February 9, 2009.
  11. ^ 2009 Grabbys Nominations. Retrieved on March 15, 2009.

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