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SNAPSHOT: Shine Louise Houston’s New Queer Porn Noir

by Jiz Lee on / Uncategorized

Shine Louise Houston, director of Pink & White Productions (CrashPad, CHAMPION), is producing her next feature film!

SNAPSHOT is an erotic suspense thriller starring queer women of color. It’s a feature film, with explicit sex. “Queer Porn Noir!” The film is as much of a murder mystery, as it is a coming out story. Filming takes place in San Francisco this summer. We need everyone’s support to produce it.

Producing it independently (through our crowdfunding campaign), means Shine will have control over casting, distribution, and more time for editing and polishing the final product. SNAPSHOT is going to be an absolutely beautiful, pivotal film. If CrashPad or Shine’s other films — or any of my work — have touched you, then you know how important it is that we make this film.

Working behind the scenes for Pink & White means that between now and July 1st, I will be living inside this fundraiser. Working so closely on a project I’m passionate is about is an odd mixture of excitement and stress. I’m learning that the trick is to keep it fun.

Luckily, there’s lots of fun to be had in the donation reward perks. Including… I’m offering a FLASH “Thank You” pic, lending my belly to the cause!

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I’ll write your name (or your company) on my belly and post it on social media. (Makes a great anniversary gift!;-) ) You can get this perk for $50, or with any donation larger than $50. Just let me know you want it.

I recommend getting your name in the film credits. How cool is that!?

Want to get even more involved? Shine and I are looking for companies who would like to sponsor the film for $1000 and $5000 packages. We’ll add logos in the film opening/closing credits, as well as product placement and other advertising incentives. Is this you? Can you recommend a company? (Let us know, or give us suggestions or comments about the perks via this quick survey (expired).)

Finally, help us get the word out — write about the campaign and interview Shine about her film. Spread the word on social media. Word is gold!

>> Donate at IndieGoGo

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Pornography in Helsinki: WONDERLUST Festival of Diverse, Conscious Sex

by Jiz Lee on / Queer Porn

I’m off for Finland tomorrow to appear as a special guest June 13-14 at WONDERLUST, a new “diverse and conscious sex” festival in Helsinki, Finland.

While there, I’ll present an evening of short films I’ve curated (Spectacular Porn) and my workshop (Fucking for REEL). I’ve presented versions of the workshop at PornFilmFest Berlin and Princeton University, and am excited to bring it to Finland’s new festival.

“We grew up thinking that the sexual revolution is a historical event, yet now recognize that it is an ongoing process instead.” – Wonderlust

When we watch sexual media, we can learn much about other people’s sexuality, and ourselves. In “Watch & Learn”, we’ll observe diverse sexual scenarios that span age, ability, gender, sexuality, and film genre — from documentary to sex guide, mainstream gonzo, queer indie porn, and music video. As a film genre, pornography can take us into fantasy realms exploring sexuality in deep ways. How does a film portray a relationship? Can a script create characters to safely break cultural taboo? What is the connection between sex and violence, and, how can porn heal traumatic experiences? This screening will contrast portrayals of real couples with those in fictitious relationships. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Marjo Pipinen.

I love the inquisitive, open-minded nature of WonderLust. Here’s a quote from their FAQ about what “Conscious Sex” means to them.

What is conscious sexuality? 

With this term we want to suggest intelligent and reflective approach to sexuality. We want to encourage discussion and experimentation on what sex could be for each individual and inspire more ‘do it yourself ’ mentality. We wish to emphasise, that anyone is free to explore their own sexuality and desires, without necessarily following any pre-determined norms.

Curating films is HARD. There’s too much porn, too little time! Papers could be written about why I chose what I did and not other films alone. At the end of the day, while not everything could be included, I decided to choose films that were easy for me to contact and obtain permissions, spanning indie shorts and Feminist Porn Award-winning titles from PinkLabel.tv’s curated selection of films, including Shine Louise Houston (BED PARTY, CrashPad’s Guide to Fisting), N Maxwell Lander (Emile, 98bit), Tobi Hill-Meyer (Doing it Again), Sadie Lune (Baby, You’re Frozen), and which I’ve come across at festivals or online such as Bruce LaBruce’s Offing Jack, Clark Matthew’s KRUTCH, Marc Silver’s Ageless Sex, Danny Wylde’s This is Love. Then there’s a few I’m in as a performer. For this screening, I’ve selected behind the scenes footage from CrashPadSeries.com, as well as Courtney Trouble’s Going Here, Dana Vespoli’s Girl/Boy. Christian Slaughter’s BIODILDO, Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Pegging, and Cheryl Dunye (Mommy is Coming).

Find more information and tickets online at wonderlust.fi. The venue is wheelchair accessible; please contact wonderlusthelsinki@gmail.com or phone 0449715285 for assistance. Here’s the some press around the festival, so far on Nyt and Sylvi, and more to come!

 

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