A Thing of Beauty: A Life Worth Living

Featuring Gabriel Clark & JD Phoenix

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Director's Note: Growing up in southern Louisiana was a blessing and a curse. While I had to hide and bury the core of my being -- my sexuality -- I did however live in a place that celebrated life and living! We lived to eat, drink, and be merry. My early childhood was not extraordinary, but looking back, it was blessed. Summers were spent outside, climbing trees, making forts out of refrigerator boxes, and setting booby traps for my imagined prey.

I lived without a care in the world... until the day I discovered I was falling helplessly in love with my sister's boyfriend. I vividly remember the day I first "felt it" -- he was just coming out of the swimming pool when he flipped back his heavy mane of jet-black hair like only really cool boys could. I watched every drop of water collect and drip off the tips of his wet hair, on to his round shoulders, and down the V of his back, all the way to the base of his cut-off jean shorts.

I was soon admonished by my sisters and mom when they discovered my secret. "Boys do not like boys," they said, and from that day on, I was very aware that something is wrong here and that fitting in and hiding the best part of me was going to be necessary for survival.

Flash forward to today, and that way of being and thinking is no longer necessary. In fact, I live a life that I love with my two partners, our four dogs, and our "God dog," Bella (you can read more about our relationship in this feature profile from New York Magazine).

This part of A Thing of Beauty is a celebration of living -- a life worth living. Nothing is stopping us from being who we want to be, loving who we want to love, and doing what we want to do. Just like the refrigerator boxes that I used to transform into elaborate forts, our lives can so easily transform from "nothing" spaces to "something" spaces.

When you watch this film, try and connect to the most joyful parts of your past. Connect to all the things you wanted and still want, and make them your reality now!


Jake Jaxson & RJ Sebastian

From "Endymion" by John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
'Gainst the hot season; the mid forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.

Part II of A Thing of Beauty expands upon the "eroti-doc" style of filmmaking spearheaded by filmmakers Jake Jaxson and RJ Sebastian, this time structuring the film around the first stanza of RJ's favorite poem, "Endymion" by John Keats (the first line also inspiring the series' name). Featuring a cameo appearance by the directors' third boyfriend, Benny Morecock, Part II is very much another visual poem fueled by optimism, adventure, and the celebration of sex.

As an interpretive collage, the film meshes overt excerpts from the poem in the directors' personal lives with their allegorical sexual counterparts featuring CockyBoys Gabriel Clark and JD Phoenix. While intentionally subjective in nature, this poetic style of filmmaking is undoubtedly connected through feeling more than reason -- a departure from Part I's convergence of resigned monotony and speculative fantasy.

By bringing Morecock into the film, Jake and RJ are sharing a personal part of themselves -- something not many directors are willing to do in a porn film. This kind of boldness and confidence behind the camera embraces viewers in a way they might not be expecting, inviting them to share the kisses between Gabriel and JD, the smell of the ocean, and the raw power and passion of sex. As powerhouse performers, Gabriel and JD share a sexual dynamic and chemistry between each other that is authentic enough to put you right in the middle of the action.

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Masterguy on 06/28/2013 Great Work. Thx. But where have you create it?? VivianTNJ on 06/28/2013 I love the glimpse into Jake Jaxson's family and private life. From the fun in the pool to the touching kisses in the end, ATouch of Beauty is exquisite. JD and Gabriel are perfect. Their sun-kissed cheeks and shoulders make you dream of days lying on the beach with your loved one. The brief rain shower made me draw on my breath, just beautiful. The photography is outstanding. I felt like a voyuer when we peeked from above and I loved the birds zipping around in the background. This was a slice of heaven! Jeffrey on 06/28/2013 I was not prepared for the emotion this film evoked in me. I was quite surprised and am still a bit teary eyed now. Not sadness but such happiness and love that just a personal glimpse into your lives has come across. For that I am so honored as a member and a fan that you feel comfortable sharing with us. JD is just a beautiful boy. And Gabriel a sexy masculine man. This was ans is the most perfect film. Again I am so honored and humbled by your art. I never regret the day I clicked the "join" button on cockyboys. I could go on and on. All of your work is so appreciated by myself. For that I am and will be a fan and member forever. faraday on 06/28/2013 absolutely loved it.... and I don't even know what else to say I'm genuinely blown away buy the beauty of it. DaveLK on 06/29/2013 The most creative, imaginative, and passionate porn film ever produced. Beginning with Keats' poem expands the meaning of passion beyond sex to the full appreciation of all life holds! Bravo! ryanfan on 06/29/2013 Sorry to be negative but the start was far to 'arty crafty' for me - did not do anything for the rest of the film. Gabriel is as ever one sexy beast and the setting is spectacular but I am afraid this just missed it for me. pete on 06/29/2013 Sensual. That's how I would describe the second part of A Thing of Beauty. Not just the sensuality of the setting (but there could not have been a more beautiful place for this shoot), but also in the performances. Gabriel and JD are two of the most intensely erotic of the Cockyboys performers. The kissing alone is scorching hot. It just made me want -- the locale, the partner. . .the life that is presented here. Alann on 06/30/2013 WONDERFUL scene! I love both Gabriel and JD! They are sheer heaven together! I was hoping we would get to see a flip scene between Gabriel and Colby, but i think that Gabriel is more into women and twinks ,than really masculine men! JohnC on 06/30/2013 RyanFan . I have heard or read Jake Jaxson talk about this. Maybe it was in his pod cast or on his blog, I forget, but he does struggle with the balance of things being too "artsy fartsy" his words not mind. I watched this first then read his note, and then watched it again and it made perfect since to me on the second viewing. What I admire is this is so different. Not only touching and as "pete" points out, sensual. Not only that, this is light years in the opposite direction of Road Strip, which I also enjoyed. I'll give it to Jaxson and Crew they are pushing boundaries and I like that. Show More Comments

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Featuring: Gabriel Clark, Dale Cooper, Colby Keller & JD Phoenix

Expounding upon the works of Whitman & Keats, A Thing of Beauty portrays the effortless chemistry and interaction between men. These short films by CockyBoys owners Jake Jaxson & RJ Sebastian illustrate the beauty of the unabashed shared love that men possess for each other. A Thing of Beauty shows it all.

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