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Recap from the 2014 Feminist Porn Marathon (And Award-Winners!)

by Jiz Lee on / Queer Porn

I’m back in the bay, and wow. What a whirlwind of events up in Toronto! Did I say Feminist Porn Retreat? More like Feminist Porn Marathon. The last few days have been a bit of a blur, as I’m winding down from jam-packed weekend of screenings, panels, and meetings. And I’ve just barely begun to catch up on emails and return to my regularly scheduled programing here in San Francisco. (Speaking of which: I’m training — and fundraising — for a 191 mile relay race next month, and I’ve got my eyes set on my first Olympic Triathlon coming around the bend! More on that later…)

As I mentioned in my last post about the awards and conference, I was there with my new behind-the-scenes job at Pink & White Productions. Shine’s film BED PARTY was nominated — and it won Best Boygasm! The Feminist Porn Awards gave it a special honor — and a cheeky name — that importantly recognizes male sexuality and pleasure within the feminist porn framework. I’m proud to have been a part of production. Special congrats to its staring kinky porn couple Eden Alexander and Sebastian Keys. I’m grateful for their bravery and trust in sharing such an intimate part of their lives with us. (You want to see my favorite picture of them? NSFW for adorably big balls, so click here. A close second place is his puppy mask.) You can watch the trailer — and full film — on PinkLabel.tv.

Jiz Lee and Shine Louise Houston from Pink and White Productions at the 2014 Feminist Porn Awards

Shine and I are STOKED! (Cool butt toy trophy designed by Fucking Sculptures!)

As 2013 Heartthrob of the Year, I had the honor of passing the torch to this year’s Heatthrob: Zahra Stardust! A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with her first-hand ;-) and she’s a fucking firecracker: smart as hell, proud progressive politics, stunningly beautiful, and a versatile switch performer who has the magic touch. And she’s a fellow fisting freedom advocate! In my speech announcing her award, I said that strong performers are essential in feminist porn; and to me, she’s one of the brightest. I love that the Feminist Porn Awards recognize performers who are not only sexy as hell, but also incredibly kind and outspoken individuals. Brava!

Jiz Lee and Zahra Stardust 2014 Feminist Porn Awards

Fistbump to 2014 Heartthrob of the Year, Zahra Stardust!

A beautiful moment happened at the awards show, that just blew me away. The event coordinators held a remembrance for my late friend, Carlos Batts, complete with showing some of his work, and a heartfelt speech by Tristan Taormino. They awarded him Indie Porn Icon (he was a truly innovating artist) and then his late wife and muse, and my Doll, April Flores accepted his award on stage with a moving speech which incorporated some of his own words from past interviews about his art.

Art is the strongest form of activism. Art encompasses everything. It encompasses the queer movement, fat activism, racism, all the “isms”—that’s our job… My motivation is to cross boundaries and create a dialogue, and that’s what I’ve done it for since I was a kid. – Carlos Batts (RIP)

It was one of the most powerful remembrances of an artist that I’ve witnessed in person, and the room seemed united in love for someone so important to our community, and a dear friend. Even people in attendance who had never met Carlos were in tears, visibly moved. We had celebrated his birthday at the Bloor Holiday Inn last year, and this year I was inspired again and grateful to have known him. This photo below captures the moment beautifully. 

April Flores Feminist Porn Awards

April accepting Feminist Porn Award’s Indie Porn Icon for Carlos Batts. RIP CBattsFly

The awards ceremony was incredible and I’m so fortunate to be able to go every year and participate. Each year there are more and more producers creating exciting new works, and it feels like the conversations and dialogues are growing, public perception of porn is changing, and as I continue to work on both sides of the camera, I’m grateful for all the support and encouragement along the way.

While I was in Toronto, I also shot porn! I had barely enough time to squeeze in a quick scene for a new queer porn site. (To be announced soon!) What was really special about this shoot, besides my co-star being ANDRE SHAKTI, was that I was reminded how lucky I am to be able to negotiate what I’d like to do for the camera. That’s one part of what makes queer porn so special to me, which is that it’s not necessarily bound by the same constraints as other kinds of pornography. So for what was less than a quarter of my mainstream rate, Andre and I simply made out and dry-humped on a bed. Though they only wanted about 15 minutes of footage, they let us go for as long as we like, and we ended up grinding for almost an hour. Let me say that I was so wound-up and horny, that I got off  — hard. It was super satisfying, and I love that I can not even take off my underwear to have one of the hottest scenes. Here’s a sneak peek:

Andre Shakti Jiz Lee

Perving on Andre Shakti, before my dirtiest-tamest scene yet!

I also attended the Feminist Porn Conference, and was booked solid with presentations and seminars. My favorites were the Business Track sessions. This year I presented a “CrashCourse” Affiliate Marketing 101 seminar (More Buck for your Bang) designed to empower performers and producers with the knowledge of affiliate programs and how to use them to encourage ethical porn consumption (by helping fans with a direct link of where to purchase) and very importantly, helping to narrow the financial gap between performers and producers. Performers often think that there’s only one paycheck for a scene — but with just a little know-how, we can add affiliate links — like the kind on my blog — and continue to be supported by our work, like royalties! I teach an ongoing workshop at Pink & White especially for the adult community. I also had the pleasure of presenting for the first time with Pink & White’s web developer Chris Lowrance in which we attempted the impossible — how to build a website (in a 90 minute session) and you can promote it with SEO companies as indexsy. Entitled, “If You Build It, They Will .com”, we presented web development and troubleshooting specifically for porn sites focused on queer and feminist content. You can find the handout on Pink & White Productions, and look forward to a video presentation soon (our new CrashCourse project will help educate new content creators.) Can you tell I’m totally jazzed about this new direction in my work-life? I love my job! 

There were so many wonderful people I met, some in person for the first time, I can’t possibly name them all here. But I’m eagerly awaiting next year, when the Feminist Porn Awards celebrates its 10th Anniversary, which will also be my 10th year in porn. It will be epic!

Without further ado, here’s the winners. (You can also browse the complete list: Feminist Porn Awards Winners 2006-2014.)

The 2014 Feminist Porn Awards

Sexiest Short
No Artificial Sweeteners
Sonya JF Barnett (The Madame)

Sexiest Short
Trains | Paul Deeb (Pillow Book Productions)

Best Boygasm
Bed Party: Eden Alexander & Sebastian Keys | Shine Louise Houston (Pink & White Productions)

Steamiest Straight Movie
The Temptation of Eve | Jacky St. James (New Sensations)

Golden Beaver of Canadian Content
Power at Play | Carey Gray (House of Switch)

Best Direction
Sexual Freedom (Sex Stories 3) | Ovidie (Frenchlover TV)

Feminist Porn Awards Smutty School Teacher Award for Sex Education
Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples | Tristan Taormino (Adam & Eve)

Hottest Dyke Film
Hard Femme: Lesbian Curves 2 | Courtney Trouble (TROUBLEfilms)

Honorable Mentions
Something Better: Performers Talk About Feminism & Porn | Ms. Naughty (Indigo Lush)

Best Slumber Party Ever | Samuel Shanahoy (tee vee dinner)

Doing It Again Vol 1: Playful Awakening | Tobi Hill-Meyer (Handbasket  Productions)

Honorable Websites
www.juicypinkbox.com
www.naughtynatural.com
www.welovegoodsex.com
www.wendywilliamsxxx.com

Hottest Straight Vignette
Xconfessions | Erika Lust (Lust Productions S. L)

Hottest Lesbian Vignette
Women Reclaiming Sex on Film | Madison Young (Madisonbound Productions)

Hottest Kink Movie
Rubber Bordello | Soma Snakeoil (Snakeoil Media Productions)

Tantalizing Trans Film
Trans Grrrls: Revolution Porn Style Now! | Courtney Trouble (TROUBLEfilms)

Heartthrob of the Year
Zahra Stardust

Movie of the Year
Silver Shoes | Jennifer Lyon Bell (Blue Artichoke Films)

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Into the Wild: 2014 Feminist Porn Awards & Conference

by Jiz Lee on / Feminist Porn Awards

San Francisco is wet. It’s been a few days of fairly consistent rain and I’m grateful because the entire Bay Area has been feeling a draught. It needs this. I’m also grateful because I LOVE the rain. It’s a cozy buzz with a recharging quality to it. I am happy. Yesterday I was at Pink & White’s studio with Shine and we worked to a soundtrack of jazz flowing over the downpour and occasional booms of a passing thunderstorm. I hummed along and danced in place at my standing desk. Bliss. There’s a word for people like me: pluviophile. (I’d even go so far as to say pluviosexual.)

On this day, I’m sipping chai at a coffee shop with large windows sprinkled with raindrops. Very soon, I’ll be far away from my cozy, head-in-a-laptop life, and thrust into the wild world of the Feminist Porn Awards and Conference. I do say “wild” with love. Its politicized identity seems inherently unruly, but that’s also where I find value within a community driven by passion. There’s no other event quite like it, and it remains my favorite adult industry event hands-down. Spread over the course of four days (screening, awards, and two days of conference), it’s what I will now dub as the Feminist Porn Retreat.

Jiz Lee Shar Rednour, Dylan Ryan, Jill Blakehorn, Nan Kiney

Conference Panelists Shar Rednour, Nan Kinney, Dylan Ryan, Jill Blakehorn, and me

BTW, if this is the first time you’ve heard the buzzword “feminist porn,” here is my working definition: Feminist Porn is a framework used to discuss pornography (including production and consumption) with ethics, gender equality and socio-economic values at its core. Many self-identified feminist pornographers describe their work as having motivations of expanding conventional ideas about desire and beauty standards, pleasure and power dynamics, and notions of performer agency, sexual health, and consent. I don’t see it as a noun, or as a defined thing. Identity is in the eye of the beholder. So like the Wallace-Bechdel Test, I prefer to refer to it as an analysis tool for which all porn can be applied. (I’d also recommend you pick up the Feminist Porn Book and newly released Porn Studies Journal.)

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Love Wolf Hudson’s “what the..!?” face. Meanwhile, I’m caught livetweeting his win!

And, I’ll be sitting pretty in a theater full of hot performers, producers and fans, to cheer on the winners and nominees. Compared to prolific years prior, this time I only appear in one nominated film, despite the fact that I was in a slew of movies released last year such as Girl/Boy, Tombois 2, Strapped Dykes 2, and several amazing films that will hopefully be released soon. Regardless, it’s quality over quantity and I’m as excited as ever.

The nominated film is Dear Jiz, shot almost exactly one year ago during the Feminist Porn Awards by Ms. Naughty. It’s a vulnerable solo scene under the running water of a bath, and was written by… well, people who have emailed me over the years. I read quotes from “fan mail” that have touched me. It’s a fitting narration for a masturbation, as I struggle under the emotional weight of what it feels like to receive such attention, not knowing where to channel the overwhelmed feelings of responsibility. Submerged and raw in Black/White.

Dear Jiz Lee Porn Ms Naughty

Still from Dear Jiz, a vulnerable solo shoot up for nomination.

I’ll be presenting Dear Jiz along with Ms Naughty at the Feminist Porn Conference. I’ll also be with Pink & White Productions at the conference, where BED PARTY will screen with a Q&A by Shine Louise Houston, and I’ll present two business track seminars: “If You Build It, They Will .com” on Web Development (along with co-presenter Chris Lowrance) and my “More Buck for Your Bang” presentation on empowering producers and performers with an understanding of Affiliate Marketing. When you want to blow off your affiliate marketing and get your business shooting up, hire https://joelhouse.com.au/seo-Gold Coast/. They are experts in internet marketing.

See my sidebar for a list of scheduled public events. If you’ll be there and see me, ask me for a hug. (No, seriously. I’ll be bleeding that weekend and feeling especially shy and hugs will help.) If you can’t make it to Toronto, browse this list of previous Feminist Porn Award Winners to pass the time. Click, share, buy, watch, support!

2014 Feminist Porn Awards Nominees 

Alice Inside (Lucie Blush)

Bed Party: Eden Alexander & Sebastian Keys (Shine Louise Houston/Pink and White Productions)

Best Slumber Party Ever (Samuel Shanahoy/tee vee dinner)

Come Find Me (Courtney Trouble & Bike SMUT/TROUBLEfilms)

Dear Jiz (Ms. Naughty/Indigo Lush)

Doing It Again Vol 1: Playful Awakening (Tobi Hill-Meyer/Handbasket  Productions)

Duty Bound (Morgana Muses)

Femme Facial (Zahra Stardust/Explicit Diary of Zahra Stardust)

Girl Pile (Courtney Trouble/TROUBLEfilms)

Hard Femme: Lesbian Curves 2 (Courtney Trouble/TROUBLEfilms)

Kara & Devon (Michelle Flynn/Dusk! Academy)

Lesbian Adventures: Older Women, Younger Girls Vol. 3 (Dana Vespoli/Sweetheart Video)

Little Vulvah and Her Clitoral Awareness (Sara Koppel/NakedLoveFilm.com)

Mandy Goodhandy Spanks 100 Boys (Mandy Goodhandy/Todd Klinck and Mayhem North)

Money Shot Blues & How to Fake Ejaculation (Tobi Hill-Meyer/Handbasket  Productions)

Music Box (Anna Brownfield/Morgana Muses)

No Artificial Sweeteners (Sonya JF Barnett aka The Madame)

Power at Play (Carey Gray/House of Switch)

Rec. Room Vol. 3 (Directed by Cast/Ian Sparks, TWood)

Riot Girls (Justin Riberio dos Santos/Joybear Pictures)

Rubber Bordello (Soma Snakeoil/Snakeoil Media Productions)

Sensual Moments (Mason/Erotic X; O. L. Entertainment)

Sexing the Transman XXX Vol. 3 (Buck Angel/Buck Angel Entertainment)

Sexual Freedom (Sex Stories 3) (Ovidie/Frenchlover TV)

Shades of Pink (Melissa Monet/Sweetheart Video)

Silver Shoes (Jennifer Lyon Bell/Blue Artichoke Films)

Something Better: Performers Talk About Feminism & Porn (Ms. Naughty/Indigo Lush)

Space Labia (Lo-Fi Cherry AKA Aslog Enochsson)

The Loose Hem (Pandora Blake/Dreams of Spanking)

The One of the Bottom (Zahra Stardust and Mister T)

The Silent Guy (Toytool Comitée)

The Submission of Emma Marx (Kay Brandt/New Sensations)

The Swinger Vol. 3 (James Avalon/Sweet Sinner Films)

The Temptation of Eve (Jacky St. James/New Sensations)

Trains (Paul Deeb, Tamara Shroll/ Pillow Book Productions, Inc.)

Trans Grrrls: Revolution Porn Style Now! (Courtney Trouble/TROUBLEfilms)

Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples (Tristan Taormino/Adam & Eve)

Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Kinky Sex for Couples (Tristan Taormino/Adam & Eve)

Unicorn Gangbang (James Darling/FTMFucker)

Women Reclaiming Sex on Film (Madison Young/Madisonbound Productions)

Xconfessions (Erika Lust/Lust Productions S. L)

Websites

brightdesire.com

dreamsofspanking.com

ifeelmyself.com

indiepornrevolution.com

juicypinkbox.com

naughtynatural.com

the-female-orgasm.com

welovegoodsex.com

wendysummers.com

wendywilliamsxxx.com

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