'Molly and Abbey, along with their crew of close friends and acquaintances, host a dysfunctional, comical and chaotic Thanksgiving dinner.'
When it comes to my 12 Days series, it's not always easy finding movies set around Thanksgiving. There's Home for the Holidays and Planes, Trains and Automobiles and a few others, but the list isn't a long one. Fortunately, this year we had a new film set around turkey day, just released last month.
Friendsgiving has become a popular term the last few years, describing friends, not family, who gather together for the holiday. Friendsgiving, written and directed by Nicol Panone was actually filmed back in 2018 but was just released in America and the UK this year.
With a cast headed by Malin Ackerman and Kat Dennings, the film has a boy toy in the form of Jeff for some additional visual appeal. Jeff is played by British actor Jack Donnelly, best known for his role on the fantasy drama series Atlantis. Director Panone establishes Jeff's new relationship with Molly (Ackerman) in a few hot scenes in the films opening few minutes. I'd not heard of Jack Donnelly before, but he was an interesting actor I look forward to seeing more of.
Traditionally, the Thanksgiving feast was a celebration of harvest. reaping the rewards of a spring and summer of hard work planting and tending to the gardens and crops. In Autumn, those crops are reaped in harvest, providing food for the long winter ahead. It is more than appropriate then, to head into the barn with model Hansel Wellington to celebrate the end of the harvest season.
There's a subtle but distinct difference in reaping and harvest, focused on how the crops are gathered. Reaping means to cut, (usually wheat) where as other crops are harvested, meaning they're gathered or pulled from their stems when ripe. Hansel is clearly the perfect model to demonstrate these techniques. He's beautifully cut, and his fruit appears juicy and plump, clearly ripe for the picking...
Many FH viewers might remember Hansel's appearance last month celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. (Turkey for One) The barn in this case, was actually an outbuilding from the estate house featured in the October shoot. The house was build in 1892 by a local banker in Ovid MI and Tom's friend is restoring it to it's original state.
The barn like structure featured in this shoot was actually originally the home's old carriage house, Lights On Studio's Tom Nakielski loved the space and especially the incredible light which flowed in from the open barn doors.
'Hansel has no issue with getting naked but the owner of the house)was a little concerned that if we got too close to the doors the neighbors would see a naked man stripping off his clothes and swinging on a rope. I think we got by undetected.... No police arrived, and no arrests were made.'
Self-Basting is simply a bird that has been injected with flavorings, liquids and fat to assure it remains tender and moist....
Doing a holiday shoot can be an odd experience. In addition to being completely naked, they also have to play with, and maneuver around a series of props, all the while looking both sexy and festive. Exuding an erotically festive vibe isn't always the easies look to pull off. Lucas however, succeed, doing a spectacular job.
Studio1x's Jim reports that Lucas seemed a wee bit awkward at the beginning, especially after seeing the vegetable stand he was to pose with... After they got started however, Lucas not only got more comfortable, he really got into the Thanksgiving theme and the many props Jim had provided for Lucas to utilize during the shoot.
As you can see from the images below, Lucas certainly seems both erotically festive, and seductively relaxed. I especially love Lucas' smile, and his laugh and devilish grin when he notices, then picks up the turkey baster Jim had on hand. I'm sure exactly what Jim had in mind by including that particular prop.... but it brought Lucas, and myself a laugh.