DO I LOOK FAT? (Travis Mathews, U.S.). 58 minutes. Sunday (May 21), 2:45 pm, followed by a panel discussion featuring Mathews and local health promoters. ROM. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Images of bulked-up, cut men are ubiquitous in North America's gay community, so it's no wonder a growing number of gay men are being diagnosed with eating disorders. Director Travis Mathews takes the issue out of the closet and finds other things in there, too, like internalized homophobia, unhealthy mother-son relationships and greedy capitalists eager to cash in on men's obsessions with their bodies.
The half-dozen subjects range from a Latino man who grew up being told he walked like a girl to a 50-something man who loathed his larger body, even during the height of the AIDS crisis when he began attracting men turned off by thinness.
There's a fascinating excursion to a San Francisco parade hijacked by a group protesting body fascism, and a telling montage of audio clips from seemingly perfect specimens complaining about themselves. Mathews has a good eye for the revealing detail, but he relies a bit too much on campy imagery of 50s Americana to add touches of irony.