Celebrating Tom of Finland in Los Angeles

 

Eagle LA, Kino Lorber and Tom of Finland Foundation
invite everyone to let loose and gear up for Tom of Finland Movie
Come dressed to the bar as your favorite Tom of Finland character.
The film has received acclaim in 30 countries and now comes to Tom’s second home, Los Angeles!
Win a copy of "TOM House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles" form Rizzoli New York
The night is hosted by Marc Ransdell Bellenger and Peter Karjalainen of Tom of Finland Foundation,
Jeff Wilcox, Eagle LA Mr. Leather, Mr. L.A. Leather 2017 and Los Angeles Band Of Brothers.

#TomOfFinlandMovie is Finland’s Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film consideration at the 90th Academy Awards.
Film plays at Landmark's Nuart Theatre 20th – 26th October tinyurl.com/y96842wz
Q&A Friday 7p: Actor Pekka Strang (Tom), VP Tom of Finland Foundation Srs Sharp
Q&A Saturday 7p: Dialogue writer Mark A. Brown, and VP Tom of Finland Foundation S. R. Sharp

Tom of Finland is the artist name of Finnish Touko Laaksonen (1920, Kaarina – 1991, Helsinki). He signed his erotic work “Tom” and when his drawings were first published in 1957, now world-famous “Tom of Finland” was born. “Touko Laaksonen” was kept for family and colleagues; both friends and fans have always simply called him “Tom”.

Tom shaped the fantasies of a generation of Gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. Dome Karukoski's stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s.

Last year, Tom’s Los Angeles residence, the Tom of Finland House, TOM House, was honored with a Cultural-Historic Monument designation in Los Angeles. It was in his home, TOM House, that Tom got to be Tom 100% of the time and live the life he drew on paper. It is now home to the Foundation he cofounded with Durk Dehner in 1984.

Tom’s story is one of love, courage and perseverance, mirroring the Gay liberation movement for which his Leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.

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