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Michael Lucas an Advocate of Israel, Zionism...and Gay Porn

41-year-old New Yorker who shot first ever adult film in Israel just released new doc on Israel's stance on gay rights

By: Daniel Koren
Published: June 17th, 2013 in News » World
Michael Lucas

Michael Lucas is no stranger to controversy.

The 41-year-old Russian-born New Yorker, recently in Israel promoting his first ever mainstream film, Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land, at the 8th Annual Tel Aviv LGBT International Film Festival, began his career as a pornstar before he started Lucas Entertainment, today one of the world's biggest gay film companies.

After spending two decades in the porn industry - it's safe to say he's championed his field - Lucas has branched out to directing documentaries, his first sporting a premise that many would view is a contradiction of itself: promoting a far right political stance in Israel while publicizing Israeli gay rights.

Lucas collaborated with Yariv Mozer for the project, who is known for his 2012 documentary Invisible Men, about gay Palestinians finding shelter in Tel Aviv.

Undressing Israel is set to swart any negative misconceptions people have about Israel. The film depicts various gay men living in Israel, including an openly gay soldier and a pair of gay fathers, in a bid to demonstrate Israel's unwavering freedom for all gay men, and to promote free and open thinking across the Middle East and the world.

The film is Lucas's second produced in Israel, his first being Men of Israel, his trailblazing pornographic film that is the first ever adult film shot on location in Israel, and also - most likely - the first to feature an all-Jewish cast. The film was made in 2009, the same year Lucas obtained his Israeli citizenship to demonstrate his indisputable allegiance to the country.

Born Andrei Lvovich Trelvas, Lucas was raised in a Jewish household, and has strong convictions when it comes to Israel. After leaving Russia at 23, he got his first few roles in 'straight' German porn films, before he transitioned into gay porn and legally changed his name. He establishing Lucas Entertainment with his own money in 1998, only one year after arriving in New York.

It didn't take long before the company rose to the top.

Since then, Lucas has used his success to promote what he is truly passionate about: politics, particularly his own set of principles, mainly, his surprisingly pro-right stance.

Despite his growing popularity, the humble Lucas claims he won't let it change him, or what it was like to grow up Jewish in Russia.

Undressing Israel has so far received accolades from Jewish film festivals around the world. The film has played the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood; the Out in the Desert fest in Tucson, Arizona; and fests in Poland and Germany. However, Lucas notes, most European countries boycotted the film for what some argue is a controversial agenda.

Obviously, the pro Israel advocate, who has claimed he cares more about battling anti-Israel rhetoric than actually making a profit, was not prepared to do that.

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