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VOLUNTEERS WANTED! Or, How to Live, Love, & Fuck at the Berlin Porn Film Fest

by Jiz Lee on / BDSM, Queer Porn

A new indie adult film about making porn, finding community, and falling in love — all during one of the most unique porn festivals in the world.  

VOLUNTEERS WANTED, directed by Ron Rex, is a queer docu-porn masterpiece and I was so lucky to have been involved. I’m a sucker for meta. Porn about porn? Yes, please! This film manages to fold a realistic fantasy within a documentary to create one passionate, political story. With Kali Sudhra playing its leading lady, it’s also an out-loud and proud sex worker narrative. (If you’re not a devout fan of Kali before this film, you will be. And you will also acquire a crush on Kali’s crush, Finn Peaks. Who doesn’t have a crush on Finn?!)

 

 

Though I was originally asked to provide a small cameo, my role soon evolved into a full-on BDSM scene, in which Kali and I negotiate and perform together, demonstrating how performers work while at the festival. The camera is pulled back to allow viewers to observe the labor of creating of the image and all the collaborations of cast and crew. Stylistically, the shoot calls homage to Marlene Dietrich (fitting for a film set in Germany, no?) and queer iconography of the 30’s and captured through 16mm film.  

“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.” ~ Marlene Dietrich 

 

Though our shoot’s aesthetic harkens back to the past, the film’s happenings at the festival are very much set in the present, complete with cameos and interviews by contemporary adult filmmakers from around the world. The festival energy can best be described as frenetic. It is a week of porn screenings and other events, and of course a lot of porn production squeezed into any available downtime. (The day my scene was shot was one of back-to-back meetings and projects that had me going from 9am until 4am the following day!) It was intense, but I’m so grateful for the opportunity and rare occurrence of so many talented people from all over the world converging in one area to make erotic art. At its core, Volunteers Wanted is also a love letter to PornFilmFestival Berlin and its participants. I had the pleasure of watching the Director’s Cut and was beaming from ear to ear as Kali made her way throughout the theater lounge and afterparties greeting friends. When she threw her arms around Bishop, I nearly cried with joy. (You’ll recognize Bishop from our shoot together a previous year with Ms Naughty, and last year for AORTA Films. See? Lots of porn gets made during the fest!)  

Volunteers Wanted is available on XConfessions (please subscribe via my referral link) and will have a world premiere at this year’s PornFilmFestival Berlin on Thursday, October 24th 20:30 at Moviemento and a repeat screening on Sunday, October 27th 21:30 at Babylon Kreuzberg. See you on all the screens, big and small!

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Documenting Desire: Play by Play

by Jiz Lee on / Art, Queer Porn, Watch Online

Documenting Desire: Play by Play with Jiz Lee, Bishop Black, and Ginny Woolf.

Having performed in front of the camera for a while, and in recent years also working on set behind the scenes, I’ve developed an attraction for an off-camera perspective that’s best described as if one took a couple steps back from what is traditionally captured through the lens. It’s a framing depicted in Barbara Nitke’s American Ecstasy which span over a decade of the photographers’ work on porn sets in New York.   

One of the reasons I love working in independent adult film projects is the flexibility of formula, wherein movies can take a cue from cinéma vérité such as Shine Louise Houston’s BED PARTY, where the line between the bedroom and the set, the cast and crew, and the candid moments within performance are on display. I’m inspired to bring this element artistically into the foreground and ultimately would like to explore a sex scene within avant-garde framing like that shown of the captive creatures in Denis Côté’s Bestiaire. Until that time when I am ready to pursue my own projects, I am fortunate to collaborate with smart companies who are willing to try something a little different.

Following a documentary direction, we let the cameras into our pre-shoot negotiations and more, in Documenting Desire: Play by Play, a new movie by AORTA Films. It was my first time working for the small collaborative company, as well as my first time working with Ginny Wolf. (You all probably remember my previous film with Bishop…) Here’s a peek at the trailer: 

It’s an intimate and beautifully shot film that I appreciate because it brings the viewer a little behind the scenes with us.

Watch the full film and over 800 other unique and alternative adult films on PinkLabel.TV. (Signing up through this link earns me 40% commission! Use code THRIVE for 15% off.) Thanks as always for your support and encouragement. ~ Jiz

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