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2012 AVN Award Nominations

by Jiz Lee on / Queer Porn

The 2012 AVN Award Nominations have been announced, but this year I’m not attending the event. I’ve been traveling so much in the recent months that I haven’t had a moment to go back home and visit my family. So I’m taking the opportunity to go back to Maui, and do all the things I’ve been getting homesick about. I know that I’ll miss all the fun parties and celebrating with some of my industry and queer friends who will be networking in Las Vegas. Being able to meet people was the reason I’ve gone to the shows, and so far it’s brought me a lot of opportunities.

Nominations I’m a part of include:

Best All-Girl Group Scene
Taxi 2, Juicy Pink Box/Girlfriends; Madison Young, Jiz Lee & Nic Switch

Best All-Girl Release
Cherry 2, Jewelbox/Digital Playground
Taxi 2, Juicy Pink Box/Girlfriends Films

Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene
Cherry 2, Jewelbox/Digital Playground; Jiz Lee & Andy San Dimas

Best Educational Release
Gush: The Official Guide to the G-Spot & Female Ejaculation, Good Releasing
Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Female Orgasms, Vivid Ed

Best Vignette Release
Rough Sex 3: Adrianna’s Dangerous Mind, Vivid Entertainment Group

Best Alternative Website
QueerPorn.TV, Trouble Films Network
JuicyPinkBox.com, Jincey Lumpkin

Specialty Release – Other Genre
Crash Pad Series Volume 6: Wide Open, Pink & White/Good Releasing

Best New Line
Jewelbox Films, Digital Playground
Juicy Pink Box, Girlfriends Films

Best New Series
Taxi, Girlfriends Films

By the way, you can buy these films and others directly from me — just email jiz@jizlee.com. ūüôā

That’s a whole lotta porn!

Award shows in themselves are interesting to me because they offer a reflection of the industry. I remember learning that the Feminist Porn Awards chooses not to post categories, yet the films are given a title for their win. Such as “Movie of the Year” or “Most Tantalizing Trans Film”. The AVN Awards seem to build categories that relate to the way the movies are marketed, which makes sense and also shows trends and changes in the industry. For example, this year there is a “Best Celebrity Sex Tape” category, and several Porn Parody categories. Also, we see “Best Female Performer of the Year”, “Best Male Performer of the Year”, “Best Transsexual Performer of the Year”, and “Best MILF of the Year”. Huh.

Queer pornography tends to fall under the Specialty Release – Other Genre, which this year includes Crash Pad Series Volume 6: Wide Open and Carlos Batt’s Sola — which was an independent limited time release that my doll April Flores would mail wrapped in her colorful fishnet stockings.

My explorations into mainstream pornography have placed me in “Girl/Girl” categories, which as another performer explained is simply based on my female sex and “female/female” doesn’t have the same ring to it. I suppose she’s right, still, the categories will continue to fascinate me. I wonder if there will ever be a queer porn category, as many websites are doing to create a new space for porn that has a blend of sexual identities and gender expressions, or if queer content will continue to exist in “Other Genre” or “Alternative” sections, or, if that’s even a categorization that will also be problematic. (Who’s to say what’s queer?) So far the awards are boxed as Girl/Girl, B/B/G and G/G/B, various straight sex acts, transsexual (usually just Trans Women), and Other/Alternative. For cisgender gay men, there’s the GayVN Awards, which have been inclusive so much as to nominate films featuring transmen, such as Trannywood’s movies. So it’s a pleasant surprise to see Buck Angel’s SEXING THE TRANSMAN XXX nominated for not only “Best Transsexual Release” but also “Best Sex Education Release” for the AVN Awards.

Though it was shot about 2 and a half years ago, I’m really interested to see TAXI and Juicy Pink Box nominated now that they’ve partnered with Girlfriends Films to distribute DVDs from the web content. I had the pleasure of watching my scene with Dallas Fivestar while at the Berlin Porn Film Festival, and it really conveyed the chemistry between Dallas and I, who were lovers at the time it was shot. Juicy Pink Box and their DVDs through Girlfriends received a lot of nominations, including a Best Girl/Girl scene between Justine Joli and Syd Blakovich, and another nomination for Justine in the “Best Solo” category. I look forward to seeing what’s next for Juicy Pink Box, as they’ve cast another genderqueer performer, Papi Coxxx, in an upcoming production, as well as Drew DeVeaux, another popular queer porn star and outspoken, boundary breaking, transwoman. Will Drew be the next nominated New Starlet? I hope so.

It was a beautiful and somewhat surreal experience to work with Digital Playground and Jewelbox Films, because Digital is such a mainstream company. The production quality of their films is outstanding and the script for Cherry is dark and complex. I was thrilled to be cast as an androgynous DJ “Carson”, and felt so accepted on the set — shaved head and all! Cherry received a slew of nominations, from “Best Cinematography” and “Best Screenplay” to “Best Director” for Kay Brandt, and the star of the series, Judy Thompson, received a nomination for her Non-Sex Performance. Kay asked me who I’d like to work with, and I suggested Andy San Dimas, who I’d had a crush on, and still do. We had a quick and dirty scene that takes place in Cherry 2 — I loved that I could wear my realistic cock, and neither Andy nor myself took our tops off during the scene, something that you might expect from porn created with a straight male audience in mind. So it’s really cool to see our scene nominated!

One of the first mainstream companies I had the pleasure of working with was Vivid, with multi-talented director and self-identified 3rd genderation queer, Tristan Taormino. My first shoot with her was Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Female Orgasms. She welcomed me on set and everyone was super respectful of my gender pronouns. The film has a diverse cast and I appreciate that it is focused on education around the female anatomy and sexual pleasure — so it’s not specifically womens’ orgasms, but anyone with female sexual anatomy. Tristan’s other nominated film is Rough Sex 3: Adrianna’s Dangerous Mind which I was lucky to be a part of. Tristan is nominated for “Best Director”, and the film has a number of nominations including “Best Vignette Release” and I got to watch the filming of the Best Threeway scene with Adrianna, Keni Styles and Danny Wylde.

Other interesting things to me about the nominations are the slew of Crossover nominations, which includes Yasmin Lee who performed in Hangover 2. I haven’t seen the film yet, but I’m interested in it specifically to see her performance. You can read an interview with her about the role on translabyrinth.com.

Also of note are what looks to be growing similarities of nominated titles between this list and those of the Feminist Porn Awards, which make me think that the mainstream industry is shifting its marketing a bit, to create films like A Little Part of Me, and to submit it to places like the FPA’s, where it was awarded “Steamiest Romantic Movie” last April. For AVN, it’s nominated for “Best Feature” and “Best Screenplay”.

Just celebrating 1 year on the internet is QueerPorn.TV, which is nominated for “Best Alternative Website”. With CrashPadSeries.com being nominated last year, it’s great to see some familiar sites getting recognition. Congrats also goes to queer friends Bren Ryder (GoodDykePorn.com) and “Transsexual Performer of the Year” nominees Aly Sinclair and Juliette Stray. (One of Juliette’s first scenes was with¬†CrashPadSeries.com.) And also to Bobbi Starr (BobbiStarr.com)¬†and Nina Hartley (Nina.com)¬†for their website nominations, Belladonna and Joanna Angel, Julie Simone, Kimberly Kane and Dana DeArmond for tons of nominations, and Lee Roy Myers who has a nomination for his Katy Perry Parody, for an outrageous scene between Kimberly and “Elmer”. It looks like a wacky flick. Here’s the Youtube Trailer. Tickle me, Elmo! ūüėČ

I hope everyone has a great time in Las Vegas. I’ll catch a wave for ya — A Hui Ho(s!)

UPDATE: ¬†Cherry 2¬†(Jewelbox/Digital Playground) won “Best All-Girl Release” — congrats to Kay Brandt and¬†everyone on the production!

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AVN Awards: The Sequel…

by Jiz Lee on / Queer Porn

I’m back from the AVN Awards and am nearly caught up. Firstly, thank you everyone who supported my trip in particular Njoy Toys, ASLAN Leather, Twisted Monk, Five & Diamond, and the many awesome folks who purchased a special order that helped me not only get myself out to Las Vegas for the annual Adult Entertainment Expo, but also share the love to other queer porn movers and shakers (who Courtney Trouble, Dylan Ryan, April Flores & Carlos Batts and I termed Queer Porn Mafia last year) such as Shine Louise Houston, Dylan, and Courtney & Tina Horn. We made a little go a LONG way.

Recap.

Last year, I had a blast at AVN 2010. Seeing everyone in one city meant I got to meet and mingle (and grope) with the likes of Adrianna Nicole, Tristan Taormino, Nina Hartley, and Sasha Grey. Here’s ¬†a pic by Koga from 2010 of me smiling my face off, talking to Sasha with¬†G4TV. (Thanks Koga, and thanks Mike from G4 for saying hello as well!)

Besides having a great time getting to know new friends, I also had a fantastic time with my queer family. We shared a moment on the Red Carpet, and won Most Outrageous Red Carpet Moment. OKAY. So that was last year.

Flash forward a year and much has happened! I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tristan and Adrianna (omg I came through her swallowing my fist in her mouth in Rough Sex 3: Adrianna Nicole’s Dangerous Minds) and I performed with Nina Hartley at the annual Masturbate-a-Thon for the attending participants, as well as for Courtney’s film of the event which was recently shown at the Berlin Porn Festival. (Links will be added when these films are released!) Working with Nina is a dream and I hope to do it again soon. Much more has happened of course, including Triangle Films and more LA adventures, and some SF queer ones as well, but it’s a new year so let’s move on!

New Year, New Head.

I shaved my head recently, which had great timing for a scene with a new Digital Playground production. I shot with Andy San Dimas… fucking hell that was fun! So dying it blonde I was excited to get my ass to Vegas and represent.

On Friday night I arrived and got¬†¬†situated at hotel. I stayed in the non-smoking, non-casino Signature Suites at MGM and am so glad I did. My suite mates were Bobbi Starr (hey check out her new –and prolific — blog about the awards appropriately titled Denouement and new site bobbistarr.com!), Ssippi, Kimberly Kane, Kayden, Aiden Starr (aidenstarr.net), Johnny White, Brandy, and my new girlfriend Yee. My roomies and I hit it off so well, we even took a bath together and had our own sexy fun. And Johnny loves my¬†packy. Proof!

Okay, but the funnest part was that night, when after cruising the Circle Bar, we hopped on the Burning Angel party bus and drove to Dave Navarro’s place the Black Door, where we got a little tipsy to really loud cover music and I had a chance to yell excitedly and connect with the exquisite Cindy Gallops and her pal Miss Lagsalot, as well as kick it with Eli Cross, Brian Street Team, Dan, Joanna Angel, Kleio, Asphexia, Skin Diamond, (Asphexia and Skin are H-O-T, BTW). I also had a lot of fun bruising Violet Monroe’s tits with hard breast slaps and choking her and¬†Draven. Lux Apltraum got in on the fun and soon it was a Luxfest featuring me, Brian Street Team and Draven. We love Lux, and G4TV was there to prove it. Later on Bobbi, Ssippi and KK stopped by and the first and best night winded down sweetly.

Here’s a sweet image of me and Cindy Gallop (see more on her Facebook!)

Here’s photographer Igor (drivenbyboredom)’s post with images of the night:¬†burning-angel-avn-party. I’m kissing Violet Monroe, and the hottie next to me is Yee! Here they are on the¬†Village Voice.

The next day I woke up to pop a hole in the young coconut I had brought. There’s nothing more refreshing the morning after a long night out than coconut water. There’s also not much more sexual. I mean, look at the thing. It’s a hymen!

My BFFs Yee & Johnny and I went to town on some fancy breakfast sandwiches and then took the Monorail… Monorail… Mono-do’h! to Sands Convention so that I could get my badge and run in to pick up AVN Tickets from Peter Warren and say hi to vending and signing friends. I gave a big hug to Sinnamon Love (Hall of Famer!), Andy San Dimas, Fat Mike and Brian Street Team, Kelly Shibari, Nina Hartley, Lily LaBeaux, and vendors njoy (love you!) and Stockroom and Liberator (where Jack Hammer tied me up to the Cello shape and flogged me with vibrators stuck in my crotch). Here’s one shot from after the fun… if you find photos lemme know!

Thanks THATGUYGIL.com for the flickr photo.

Back to the hotel to change for the night, and to take a disco bath with Johnny and Yee. Aiden, Bobbi, Paris Kennedy were getting dolled up with Brandy. And Dia Zerva, who added to our bathtime fun with a boat made of leftover containers and salad condiments. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

I was getting a little worried because Shine was still on her way, driving up from San Francisco. And though the rest of the Queer Porn Mafia were now waiting for her at the Palms for the Awards Show, we definitely had to wait for her to walk. We’re family! Then the next 2 hours became somewhat of a cluster fuck. Syd and Lux had picked up their tickets separately earlier that day and had already walked the carpet by the time the rest of us united and got in line. We moved through the line somewhat excitedly, talking to great peeps like Dan and Keni Styles and Misty Dawn and others. However just after April and Carlos entered the Red Carpet photographers area, we were suddenly held back as others were allowed to pass through. Shine Lousie Houston, Courtney Trouble, Tina Horn, and Dylan Ryan and Wolf Hudson and I¬†stood at the front of the paused line while others were pulled from behind us to be photographed… for over an hour and a half. By the time we got up there, most of the photographers had left. Here’s what the scene looked like. (Image by Rick Garcia)

I spy Koga! So, by the time we were up there almost everyone had left… I’m not sure if it was¬†because weren’t well known or fit the part, or if we were just out of luck. ¬†Regardless, it sort of killed the mood in a big way, mostly because taking photos was one of the highlights of our trip last year. If my second trip to AVN was anything like a movie sequel, it was to be expected. I’m not sure there are any photographs of us inside, therefore… I’m glad we took some of ourselves on the outside section of red carpet. (Shout out Rhea!)

D-I-Y homos. ūüôā

If you happen to find any photos will you let me know? I’d love to show some here, and send some along to Five and Diamond who outfitted me that night. Thanks in advance!

UPDATE! We’ve got a Red Carpet Photo! Thank you KOGA!!

It was great to mingle with folks and make friends and discuss future shoot ideas. The meeting/hanging out with people part is the reason I decided to go again and plan to go next year. You can read about the Awards Ceremony itself on Mickey Mod’s blog, and see the list of winners. I was particularly touched by John Stagliano’s speech as he accepted the Sturman¬†Award. You might recall I wrote a blog post about his trial back in July 2010. Two sites I’ve been a part of took home awards, Joanna’s personal site, JoannaAngel.com and Kink.com. Congrats Kink folks, Donna, congrats Joanna and all the hotties on her website!

After stumbling out of the Palms, I jumped in the Open Invitation limo with Jack Hammer, Mickey Mod, Ilana Rothman, Wolf Hudson, and crew to get back to Venetian and grab some dinner folks. Then back to my bed to catch some sleep. I think my head hit the pillow at 4am, early by LV standards. But I had to get to bed, I was waking up in 3 hours to shoot with Stoya!

I can go ON and ON and ON about how rad Stoya is, but chances are, you already know of her. If not, take a look at her tumblr and tell me you’re not in love. (Particular recent posts: Stoya VS the Delta Luggage Policy Part 1 and Part 2 – Note that she uses my THEY/THEM pronouns! I’m head over heals, and wait till you see Fleshbot‘s update with us. You know who the photographer is? RAE THREAT!!
Until then, a teaser.

And here’s a video teaser taken by Lux for Fleshbot: The Morning After: Stoya & Jiz Lee

This is a looooong post. Okay, I’m struggling to hurry up and post this as the baristas at the cafe I’m sitting are counting their tips… Here’s some more images by Courtney Trouble!¬†Check out Alison Lee from the Good For Her¬†Feminist Porn Awards, Coyote from GoodVibes.com and cute pic of Tina Horn and Dana DeArmond, and other great photos!

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