GA Voice - - National Lgbt Pride -

I tended to fo­cus on en­ter­tain­ment and pop cul­ture sto­ries, ev­ery­thing from in­ter­view­ing Justin Bieber when he was tour­ing to a story about a sur­vival­ist who likes to eat frogs. I tend to like the hu­mor­ous con­tent.

What piqued your in­ter­est?

I wanted it to be a two-minute story. It sounded like the weirder ver­sion of Ul­ti­mate Fris­bee. I no­ticed that New Zealan­ders were be­ing flown over and be­ing paid good money to be tick­led. What el­e­vated it was when they re­sponded that they did not want to deal with a ho­mo­sex­ual jour­nal­ist. That was such a dis­miss of what the videos were and what they seemed to be about. I thought, there has to be more here. Dy­lan saw my post and poked around as well.

How did they know you were gay, David?

There was de­bate go­ing on about gay mar­riage in New Zealand at the time so it was a hot topic. They Googled my name and found out I was in a re­la­tion­ship with an­other guy and I took of­fense with the replies we got.

We started in­de­pen­dently. David was writ­ing about it and I was in­trigued, won­der­ing who was be­hind this. I was won­der­ing if it was real. I started look­ing at do­main names. Both of us started get­ting le­gal threats and it was get­ting com­pli­cated to write about. I went to his house and we thought a doc­u­men­tary made sense.

Did ei­ther of you know any­thing about tick­ling?

Far­rier: There is a fetish for ev­ery­thing but I had never thought about tick­ling be­fore. We dis­cov­ered a lot of peo­ple like it in a sex­ual way. We talked to Richard, a pro­fes-

What was it like tak­ing the film to Sun­dance?

It was amaz­ing. It was the first time we watched the fin­ished film with an au­di­ence. It was nerve-rack­ing and sur­real but val­i­dat­ing in many ways.

So we un­der­stand that when vis­it­ing Richard [the pro­fes­sional tick­ler], you tried get­ting tick­led?

Reeve: It was pretty dif­fi­cult. It’s one thing be­ing tick­led as a joke, or by your brother grow­ing up, but strapped in and not be­ing able to get away, you’re laugh­ing - but it’s not at all funny.

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