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"They just don't want to talk in St. Paul. They're all ashamed in St. Paul," cracks Snyder.
"Seriously, there was a radical departure from a willingness to participate in St. Paul," says Garbo. "We finally gave up, because it's expensive to rent the camera package, and finally we just went, 'We're not going to waste our time here.' They would just say, 'No,' and walk away. It was hard--no pun intended."
St. Paul is not alone. The doc-makers' parents aren't wild about the idea, and it remains to be seen whether they'll get the investor and technical help they need to bring Wank! to a large audience. (They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.) No matter what, though, some day soon, screens somewhere will light up with people talking about their most private moments--because Garbo and Snyder are, as Garbo's T-shirt reads, "On a Mission."
"It was obvious that a lot of people were talking about it for the first time," Garbo says. "They would just glow when opening up, like they'd been waiting for someone to ask. It's still the last taboo. Apparently, some people still feel if they admit they masturbate, they're admitting they're a loser. I think quite the contrary. It's a rite of passage to know what pleases you, and it's empowering to know you can do it yourself.
"Besides, from a religious and anatomical standpoint, if we weren't meant to do it, we'd have shorter arms."
Jim Walsh can be reached at 612.372.3775 or email@example.com.