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Short Film “Jackpot” Makes us Nostalgic for Pre-Internet Porn

JACKPOT: A Film By Adam Baran from Adam Baran on Vimeo.

There are worse ways to spend eight minutes than watching “Jackpot,” a cute little short film set in 1994 about a kid desperate for porn, but it’s 1994 so he can’t get it online.

Yes, life sure was full of hardship back then.

Provided you’re over 30, there’s plenty of nostalgia to go around here, as the film does a fairly impressive job of dressing sets and actors as though it’s actually the mid-90s. (One exception: a kid on the phone who seems to have never held an SNES controller before.)

And of course, there’s that wistful I’m-all-alone feeling that’s all too familiar. The hero of “Jackpot” isn’t just cut off from naked men, he’s cut off from any gay culture whatsoever.

Before the internet was widespread, before any gays could marry, and before Ellen and George Michael were out, it was very very easy to feel like the whole world hated you. Whereas today, it’s possible to reassure yourself that only certain parts of the world hate you.

“Jackpot” is currently dancing around at various film festivals and fundraising for a full-length feature (you may recall its previous Kickstarter), so keep an eye on this one.