Falcon | NakedSword Dominates Award Season with Major GayVN & XBIZ Wins

‘RIDE OR DIE’ Takes Home Best Feature, Gay Movie of the Year & More Top Honors

It’s RIDE OR DIE mania this award season! Only weeks into the new year, Falcon | NakedSword has already snatched up monumental wins for Raging Stallion’s gritty nine-part mini-series at both the 2023 GayVN Awards and the XBIZ Awards. At the GayVNs, RIDE OR DIE became the award ceremony’s top-honored project after earning a trophy for Best Feature along with a Best Leading Actor win for Falcon | NakedSword Exclusive Cole Connor and a Best Supporting Actor win for Falcon | NakedSword Exclusive Max Konnor. More recently at the XBIZ Awards, RIDE OR DIE took home Gay Movie of the Year with the series’ director Tony Dimarco also winning Director of the Year – Gay.

RIDE OR DIE was an extremely ambitious project, one that couldn’t have been brought to life without the visionary leadership of Falcon | NakedSword President Tim Valenti and screenwriter Ben Rush,” said director Tony Dimarco. “The entire cast was on-point and dedicated to creating an unparalleled movie experience, evidenced by GayVN acting wins for leading man Cole Connor and supporting actor Max Konnor. I’m honored to hold the 2023 Best Feature trophy, and I share it with the outstanding crew and everyone who worked tirelessly to pull off this adult blockbuster.”

“This is what happens when you have a crew like director Tony Dimarco, screenwriter Ben Rush and a cast of the industry’s top talent,” said President of Falcon | NakedSword Tim Valenti about the win. “So much time and care went into every aspect of RIDE OR DIE and it feels great to see that hard work recognized on a platform like this.”

The honors for Falcon | NakedSword didn’t end there though. Joining Cole Connor and Max Konnor with their individual wins, the GayVN Awards saw Exclusive Drew Valentino taking home both Best Newcomer and the fan-voted Favorite Newcomer award, Exclusive Beau Butler winning Favorite Bottom and Exclusive Cade Maddox being given recognition for Favorite Cock and Favorite Porn Star Creator.

Falcon Studios also celebrated multiple honors at the two award shows with a Gay All-Sex Release of the Year win for Falcon Live: 4 the Fans at XBIZ and a GayVN Best Director win for Max Konnor, Boomer Banks, Leo Forte, Devin Franco, & Steve Cruz – all of whom directed a scene in the performer-turned-director feature Men’s Briefs.

“Winning this award hit different for me. The project was so special, to mentor fresh directing talent and hold the door open to opportunity. People did that for me – pay it forward,” said longtime Falcon | NakedSword director Steve Cruz about Men’s Briefs. “These collaborations humbled me. I opened the vision completely to their ideas acting only as a facilitator and when necessary a teacher. What blew me away was how much I learned from them. This win is confirmation that these kinds of productions need to continue. I can’t express how much joy I felt on stage, how much love for each of them. Sharing a very magical moment together as they make their mark as new directors in this business.”

Falcon | NakedSword Creative Director Sister Roma was even inducted into the GayVN Hall of Fame and delivered a show-stopping speech during the Las Vegas GayVN ceremony that displayed their immense love to industry performers and colleagues that touched everyone in the Las Vegas Resorts World Theatre.

“It’s hard to believe that a chance encounter with Mike Youens would lead to a 30 year friendship and being inducted into the GayVN Hall of Fame – but here we are!” said Sister Roma. “I’m still reeling from the evening and grateful to everyone who got me here, especially Tim Valenti. I’m proud of our brand, our product, and our team. I share this with all of them but most of all, with the models because without them this industry doesn’t exist.”

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