Category: BDSM

Lorelei Lee & Stephen Elliot’s CHERRY

by Jiz Lee on / BDSM

I’m really excited about Cherry, a film written by my friends Lorelei Lee and Stephen Elliot. Not to give spoilers, but it will be one of the few films that shines a somewhat realistic and positive light on sex workers in the adult film industry. I’m also proud to say that I got to participate in the film as an extra — so look for the bald blur in the background of the restaurant dinner scene. 🙂

Cherry will screen at Berlinale. (I’ll be there as well for the premiere of Cheryl Dunye’s MOMMY IS COMING!)

Here’s the trailer and more info about the film:

Synopsis: Cherry is about Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw), an 18-year-old girl on the verge of finishing high school. Angelina’s family life is difficult. Her mother (Lili Taylor) is an alcoholic and her step-father is violent and unpredictable. One morning her boyfriend (Jonny Weston) suggests she take naked pictures for money. She balks at first but then does the photo shoot, using the money to run-off with her best friend (Dev Patel) to San Francisco. In San Francisco, while cocktailing in a strip club, Angelina meets Frances (James Franco) a well-off lawyer who offers to introduce her to a different kind of world, a place full of expensive dresses and fancy parties. But that world is not as perfect as it first appears and Frances has problems of his own. At the same time Angelina, using the moniker Cherry, has begun exploring the San Francisco porn industry under the direction of Margaret (Heather Graham) a former performer turned adult film director.

Cherry was shot in the San Francisco Armory, home of Kink.com. At 250,000 square feet the armory is the largest adult film studio in the world. Stephen Elliott, the director of Cherry is a former sex worker who is also the author of seven books. The movie was written by Stephen Elliott and Lorelei Lee, a porn performer who is also a writer and lecturer at New York University.

Cherry challenges assumptions about porn, sexuality, and success, and faces the difficult question of where you need to be in order to find yourself.

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Shibari Relief: a kinky artist’s fundraiser for disaster relief in Japan

by Jiz Lee on / Art, BDSM, Events

I’m thrilled to announce that one of the images from my recent Secret Angel Karma Pervs collaboration with photographer Shilo McCabe (of the Sex Positive Photo Project) will be supporting Shibari Relief, a kinky artist’s fundraiser for disaster relief in Japan.

Patti Beadles and Mark I. Chester are organizing a kinky art silent auction/sale/raffle of BSDM art, sexual art and other related items to be held at Wicked Grounds this Sunday, March 27th from 2-5 pm. Shilo will be donating a 16×20 print of our winged photo.  The print will be signed by Shilo and myself.

100% of the proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross, earmarked for disaster relief in Japan.  Come out and support the event, and enjoy coffee and sweet (vegan and non-vegan) treats. Additionally, anyone making a donation at the door will get a ticket to get two free digital pix taken by San Francisco gay radical sex photographer, Mark I Chester at his studio at 1229 Folsom St., just 1/2 block from Wicked Grounds, from 3-5pm during the fundraiser.

Shilo adds that Miss Maggie Mayhem artisian clothespins will also be available. And if you aren’t able to make the date in SF, maybe contact Shilo to purchase a special print? 🙂

UPDATE! Thank you those who attended and purchased items! The event raised $2478!

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