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Real Queer's Trouble Launches Alt-Porn Talent Agency

By Bob Johnson [XBIZ]

SAN FRANCISCO — Indie feminist pornographer Courtney Trouble announced that she will be managing adult talent through

The agency is poised to fill the need for ethical, professional casting assistance for unique, authentic performers - including but not limited to alternative, BDSM, fetish, queer, lesbian, and trans performers, according to the company.

“I have been told consistently that one of my greatest traits as a pornographer is my ability to cast the right person for the right project. Cultivating healthy working relationships with my performers has always been my biggest goal in this industry, and moving forward to promote these artists seems like the next logical step,” Trouble said.

Initial clients include 2009’s Feminist Porn Awards "Heartthrob of the Year," Dylan Ryan and fetish model Sarah Lee Sinful. Both are performers in Trouble’s Reel Queer Productions/Good Releasing films, and her own company

The company will also provide casting assistance to both mainstream and indie production companies through a database of over 100 established and aspiring performers.

“There has been a lot of great work done in female-friendly filmmaking in the past year, but no work done to connect the indie, “feminist,” and “queer” genres to the mainstream. I hope to achieve a working relationship between the indie and the mainstream by being a resource for casting and ethical business practices. It’s time to take this groundbreaking work behind the scenes into performer relations!,” Trouble said.

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Broken Glass

Recently I was asked to write a review of a movie, something which turned out to be far more of a pleasure than a chore. It is something I really enjoyed doing, and I thank Anna from the studio and the director, Gustavo Camelot for the opportunity. With that, here is my review:

Broken Glass, a film by The Seventh Bottle Films, 2007.

This was for me an extremely complex and deeply emotional piece, filled with many different interconnected issues which were sensitvely and intelligently addressed by the creators.

We are introduced to Val (Valentina) - a woman who has grown up with her best friend Alessandra, who is in love with her.

An important backbone of the story is Val's grandfather, whose presence forms a theme that runs right through the story to the end. He was a priest and wine maker who bottled his own special wine, leaving a cache of special bottles to Val after his death, with instructions to open each one at a special or pivotal moment in her life.

Through his magical wine, he sets the pace and progress of this exotic and erotic emotional masterpiece. It is with the opening of each special bottle of his magical wine that different aspects of this story and hidden facets of the characters are gradually revealed.

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Malaysian LGBTQI film series inviting friends & family to openly attend, share stories

The Hunt for Parents & Siblings Begins Again!

Once again, we are looking for parents or siblings of queer folks willing to share.

Our next Queer As Films programme, which is a double-bill of films scheduled for next Sunday 7 March, 4pm and 6pm, is a public outreach one, hoping to help the non-queer population understand our cause and to build allies with them.  Queer As Films is a monthly film screening at The Annexe Gallery presented by PT Foundation and Seksualiti Merdeka, with the aim to empower the queer community.  For the first time, we are inviting members of the public to join us.

The 4pm film is The Naked Civil Servant, a charmingly funny made-for-TV film telling the story of Quentin Crisp, a British queer icon and writer, who was openly homosexual even in pre-WWII England and survived with nothing more than mascara, sharp wit and a sheer force of personality.  Film critic Benjamin McKay, who has met Quentin himself, and actor Edwin Sumun, our very own Quentin Crisp, will be on our panel to talk about gay icons and being out.

The 6pm film is Prayers For Bobby, a powerfully moving made-for-TV film telling the true story of Mary Griffith, a conservative Christian mom who has to come to terms with her gay son's suicide and her role in it.  Sigourney Weaver stars as the mom, who eventually becomes a gay-rights advocate.  For this film, we hope to have a panel of moms/dads/siblings willing to share about how they learn to accept their queer children/brothers/sisters.  So I am asking all of you who are out to your family, are your family members willing to share?  Or if you are a sibling or parent of a queer child who is out to you, are you willing to share?  Let us know and we can meet with you all personally first to talk.

Otherwise, if you can even persuade your family members to attend the film, it will be good enough.  Hope to see you guys there.


Pang Khee Teik, Arts Programme Director

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Come out of your closet!  The world needs more love!

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Reflections on Graphic Sexual Horror

Graphic Sexual Horror is a documentary film about the late, hardcore BDSM pornsite, To me, this film can be succinctly described as a brain virus. Since the seven days that I have seen it, I've not quite been able to shake it from my head. The images of women chained, cropped and tortured for viewing pleasure continue to project themselves into the dark of my eyelids, and my brain is still working overtime to try to make sense of it all.

Part of the reason why this film is such a mind-fuck is because of the utter lack of positioning on the part of the documentary makers. The film took a stand back position, gracefully allowing the porn and this company to be shown for what it was, without any sway on what we as viewers were to think of it. The film was neither a monologue at or a dialogue with the viewer on the subject. Rather, it felt  like some omniscient third party, passing along information and images to be burned into our retinas.

Here is what you need to know in order to understand the film: Insex was a brainchild of BDSM enthusiast and artist, PD. The site employed models, many of whom that weren't into BDSM, to engage in hardcore BDSM play on camera for a generous amount of money. There was always a safeword any model could use to end the session, but the women were also rewarded with more cash, the longer they went and the more they endured. This site was eventually shut down by the State.

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Graphic Sexual Horror and the Ambiguity of Consent

Last Friday I too had the chance to see the documentary Graphic Sexual Horror at the Leather Archives and Museum.  The film explores the story behind the now-defunct hardcore BDSM pornography website, with an impressive lack (or mix) of glorification or condemnation.  I'd like to thank Arvan for the detailed review he's already posted - as well as of course Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon for making the film, and Clarisse Thorn and the Leather Archives' Jennifer Tyburczy for hosting.

While Arvan's post touches on many fascinating aspects of InSex and of Graphic Sexual Horror, the one that I left the museum discussing was the ambiguity of consent.  InSex's trademark was hyper-realistically torturing women to the very edge of their limits.  The documentary asked whether these women had given fully-informed, empowered consent, and left the audience with the answer, "Some of them, some of the time."  Which is almost more unsettling than "No," because it calls into question our sacred differentiations between sadomasochism and exploitation.  But then, any strong differentiation has to withstand occasional questioning.

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Filmmakers looking for Doulas working with incarcerated pregnant women

I found this over at Radical Doula and think the request bears repeating.
We are Brooklyn, New York–based independent producers developing two film projects about doulas who have dedicated themselves to working with pregnant incarcerated people.  We are seeking to meet women who would like to share their stories and experience in order to raise awareness on the issues these people—both the doulas and the women they seek to serve and advocate for—face on a daily basis.  If you are a part of a group starting or maintaining a prison doula program in your state, we would very much like to hear from you.

We look forward to meeting you. Please contact:

Kindly, Laura Sweeney & Monique Peterson

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24th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The BFI press launch presented the 24th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, set to take place on 17 - 31 March 2010 with the world premiere of The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister at the Odeon West End.

The Closing Night Gala screening on 31 Mar is Children of God, Kareem J Mortimer's gorgeously photographed first feature, which tells the classic tale of love, unfolding against a backdrop of violent homophobia and social unease in the Bahamas.

The first of the Centrepiece screenings is I Killed My Mother. Written, produced, directed by and starring 20-year-old Xavier Dolan, this witty and articulate film cleverly exposes the vulnerabilities and self-doubts of being a teenager.

The festival's second Centrepiece screening is Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Leanne Pooley's award-winning documentary about Jools and Lynda Topp, folk-singing lesbian twins and national celebrities in New Zealand.

Festival calendar (PDF)

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Film Review: Graphic Sexual Horror

Last night, I attended a screening of "Graphic Sexual Horror", directed by Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon.  The venue was the Leather Museum & Archives (LAM), who also sponsored the event along with The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum as part of the Sex+++ Documentary Film Series.  The event was presented by Dr. Jennifer Tyburczy, Ph.D. Director of Programming for the LAM and Clarisse Thorn.  Present for the showing and taking questions afterward, was Barbara Bell herself.  I was joined in the audience by blogger Rabbit White and her husband Ned.

So, the warning and disclaimer: This could easily trigger you.  I'm not even kidding.

This is a documentary about the creation of a website that produced media of women being tortured for people to watch as they masturbate.  BDSM porn...torture porn...whatever you may call it.

This is striking stuff and I found it difficult to separate my thoughts about the porn from my thoughts about what I thought of the film.  Which, I suppose is a nod toward the directors for presenting the subject without overtly interjecting themselves into the process.

The film is about 120min long and covers the story of how this website was conceived, launched, operated and finally shut down.  It starts right out off with a grainy film titled "worm" being shown.  The narrator, "pd" - is describing that this is his wife at the time, wrapped in vinyl, bound and laying on the floor.  The film then continues on through a series of interviews done recently, with staff members of relating their experiences on the site. 

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Call for Entrants: 2010 QUEER FRUITS FILM FESTIVAL

Download the 2010 entry form HERE

Queer Fruits Film Festival has been established to provide a vital regional screen culture event to enable the GLBTIQ communities and wider community to participate in the celebration and innnovation of international queer filmmaking culture.
Established as an independent queer film festival, Queer Fruits Film Festival seeks to complement the screen culture and outreach events of major urban film organisations, whilst also providing significant career development opportunities for regional filmmakers locally.
Queer Fruits Film Festival pays homage to its community roots in the fabulous and famous Tropical Fruits Inc. one of the longest running grassroots GLBTIQ organisations in Australia, established in 1988. A queer film program had been successfully screened for two years in 2006/2007 Co-ordinated by Duncan Brown, in conjunction with the annual Tropical Fruits’ New Years’ eve extravanga.
In 2009 the time was felt ripe to further extend the event to an exciting new phase.

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Exclusive Premiere: "ISHQIYA" NYC, January 29, 2010


Produced & CoWritten by Vishal Bhardwaj (Director of Maqbool, Omkara)
Directed By: Abhishek Chaubey
Starring : Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi
Language: Hindi/Urdu
Subtitles: NA
Duration: 2 Hours

Accompanied by a Post Screening Conversation on 'The Changing face of Women's Sexuality in South Asian Cinema' with Sabrina Dhawan (Co-Writer Ishiqiya)


Friday, January 29, 2010

7 P.M @ Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St, New York, NY
Tickets $15 @ Door, $12 with Confirmed RSVPs to
For More Info or Press Inquiries : 917-971-8722

Engendered Film Salons are a series of screenings & conversations on the changing visual landscape of South Asian intimacies and sexualities in film, media, image & contemporary art.  They are accompanied by panels that explore the new visual vocabulary that transform words like home, diaspora, urban and rural into images that reveal and provoke newer ways of seeing and understanding.  Conversations span urban & rural studies, sexuality, the body, gender tropes and contradictions, cinema, contemporary art and popular culture, and new perspectives in history.

Engendered is an annual, New York-based transnational arts and human rights festival that brings together the best in contemporary South Asian cinema, visual arts and performance to explore the complex realities of gender and sexuality in modern South Asia, especially at the intersection of ritual and religion.  The festival is designed not only to raise awareness, but also act as a fulcrum to enter public dialogue, break silences and impact perceptions around issues of gendered identities, stereotyping, bias and sexual choice and further, how those issues relate to affirmation or violations of human rights, health rights and women's rights.

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