While Wein was comfortable incorporating these graphic images -- as well as the more candid specifics of Berkowitz's sex worker experiences -- into the finished film, Berkowitz was less sanguine. "It was a battle," said the activist. "From the start, Daryl wanted me to talk about being an S&M hustler and what I did. I only wanted to talk about it vis-a-vis what I wanted a new generation -- one that was denied effective safe sex education under the last eight years of George Bush -- to understand about what's been lost about safe sex history."
"It never really felt much like a battle," countered Wein. "For the most part, we were always on the same page."
Wein added, "My generation is so used to seeing graphic material, it takes a lot to shock us. I wasn't trying to shock anyone though. I just put in as much as was needed to tell the story."
No matter, Berkowitz has made peace with his cinematic portrait. "Who I was and what I know is what helped me discover safe sex and save lives," he concluded. "That's what's most important."