The seven male dancers in Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour were world ambassadors on behalf of the LGBTQ community during the aids epidemic.
Shot 25 years later, this acclaimed documentary, uncovers the truth about life during and after the tour when the lights faded.
In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Maddona: Truth or Dare, Film Movement will re-release the documentary via virtual cinema on May 21, 2021.
In 1990, seven young male dancers – 6 gay, 1 straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour: The Blond Ambition World Tour in support of her fourth studio album, Like a Prayer. Both on stage through 57 lavish shows and in the iconic film Madonna: Truth or Dare, the seven talented dancers – Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes, Salim Gauwloos, Jose Gutierez, Kevin Stea and Carlton Wilborn — showed the world how to express yourself.
25 years following Blond Ambition, STRIKE A POSE, from directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, reveals the truth about life during and after the tour, when the seven men were ambassadors to the world on behalf of the LGBTQ community during the height of the AIDS epidemic. This acclaimed documentary portrait is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
Nominated for a Teddy for Best Documentary Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, STRIKE A POSE, being re-released by Film Movement in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Madonna: Truth or Dare, also captured the Jury Prize for Best LGBTQ Film at the Key West Film Festival and was a Top 20 Audience Favorite at Hot Docs.
STRIKE A POSE (2016)Directed by: Ester Gould, Reijer ZwaanProduced by: Rosan Boersma, Sander Verdonk, Denis Wigman, Reijer ZwaanCo-Produced by: Ellen De WaeleDirector of Photography: Reinout SteenhuizenGenre: DocumentaryRT: 83 minutesAspect Ratio: 1.78: 1Sound: Surround 5.1
” A loving, honest portrait of these men who were world-famousfor a bright moment, and most importantly, what happensafter the limelight goes away.”– Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
” A superb look at the meteoric rise to fame and theeventual plummet that can often follow.”– Erik Anderson, AwardsWatch
“The smartly assembled film makes points that resonate ina world where fame is increasingly ephemeral and lifeafter the celebrity window closes can get awfully cold.”– David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Photo above: Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes, Salim Gauwloos, Jose Gutierez, Kevin Stea and Carlton Wilborn