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 byChi Chi LaRue
Produced bySteven Walker
Written byChi Chi LaRue
StarringWolf Hudson
Blake Riley
Cameron Marshall
Shy Love
Lola
Johnny Hazzard
Britney Amber
Ryan Alexander
Krystal Kali
Cody Springs
Lee Stephens
Music byRedshag
CinematographyAdam Killian
Editing byJosh Eliot
Distributed byChannel 1 Releasing
Release date(s)2008
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Shifting Gears: A Bisexual Transmission
Shiftinggears.jpg
DVD cover with Cameron Marshall, Britney Amber, Shy Love and Lee Stephens
Directed byChi Chi LaRue
Produced bySteven Walker
Written byChi Chi LaRue
StarringWolf Hudson
Blake Riley
Cameron Marshall
Shy Love
Lola
Johnny Hazzard
Britney Amber
Ryan Alexander
Krystal Kali
Cody Springs
Lee Stephens
Music byRedshag
CinematographyAdam Killian
Editing byJosh Eliot
Distributed byChannel 1 Releasing
Release date(s)2008
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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

Controversy[edit source | 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.[2] Riley's scene with Shy Love was reportedly his first sexual encounter with a woman, which he later claimed to have enjoyed.[3] He added that he was totally comfortable during his heterosexual pairings and had no problems maintaining an erection.[4] 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.[5] Many gay men felt deceived by Riley and even accused him of never being gay in the first place.[6]

Cast[edit source | edit]

Awards and nominations[edit source | 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.[7] It also received a Grabby Awards nomination for Best Art Direction, a first for a bisexual film in that category.[8] 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.

YearAwardCategoryWinner/NomineeResult
2009GayVN AwardsBest Bisexual FilmChannel 1 ReleasingWon
GayVN AwardsBest Supporting ActorWolf HudsonNominated
Grabby AwardsBest Art DirectionChannel 1 ReleasingNominated
Grabby AwardsBest Supporting ActorJohnny HazzardNominated

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ [1] Cameron Marshall, Blake Riley Go Straight. Retrieved on August 15, 2008.
  2. ^ [2]. We Watched A Bisexual Movie And Our Eyes Did Not Melt And Fall Out Of Our Head. Retrieved on December 26, 2008.
  3. ^ [3]. Cameron Marshall, Blake Riley Go Straight. Retrieved on August 15, 2008.
  4. ^ [4]. XBIZ Premiere, September 2008 issue.
  5. ^ [5]. Blake Riley's live performance on Randy Blue, October 1, 2008.
  6. ^ [6]. New Release Desk: Bisex Blue Movie "Shifting Gears". Retrieved on December 23, 2008.
  7. ^ 2009 GAYVN Award Nominees Announce. Retrieved on February 9, 2009.
  8. ^ 2009 Grabbys Nominations. Retrieved on March 15, 2009.

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