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For Immediate Release

August 25th, 2011

Media Contact: Camilla Lombard
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(415) 974-8985 ext.201
camillal@goodvibes.com

Good Vibrations' Independent Erotic Film Festival Presents A Celebration of Sleaze! Gay Porn Panel, Clip Show, and Screening of "Smut Capital of America"

Get Inside the Gay Porn Industry and Discover a New Kind of Local Pride


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San Francisco, CA -- (August 25th, 2011): San Francisco has a lot to be proud of, and its starring role in America’s porn industry ranks at the top of the list.  Find out how porn got its start in our fair city and hear about the current state of the gay porn industry at A Celebration of Sleaze! Gay Porn Panel, Clip Show and Screening on Tuesday, September 20th at the SF LGBT Center as part of Good Vibrations’ 6th annual Indie Erotic Film Festival.

Discover out what goes on behind the scenes and on-screen at this one-of-a-kind gay porn summit featuring the leaders in one of San Francisco’s most popular industries.  Enjoy a collection of short scenes from Naked Sword, Raging Stallion Studios, Falcon Entertainment, and Treasure Island Media, followed by a panel discussion exploring the cinematic, aesthetic, and erotic visions of the top gay porn producers in the world.   

The lesson in local pride begins with Michael Stabile presenting his short film “Smut Capital of America.”  In 1970, San Francisco became the first city in the country to effectively legalize pornography, turning the city into a boomtown for erotic movies. Featuring John Waters, Kathryn Reed, Don Romesburg, Habib Carouba, Jeffrey Escoffier, Marty Rosenthal, Vaughn Kincey, John Karr, this documentary explores the people who fomented this cinematic revolution and made a fortune changing the way Americans thought about sex.

The Panelists
Featured panelists include: Jack Shamama, Product Manager at NakedSword and editor of GayPornBlog; Chris Ward, president of Falcon Studios / Raging Stallion; Kent Taylor, Vice President and Chief Photographer of Falcon Studios / Raging Stallion; Gehno Sanchez, Director of P.R., Community Development and Production Team member at Treasure Island Media; Michael Stabile, journalist and director of “Smut Capital of America”, a documentary on the adult film industry’s origin in San Francisco; and John Karr, esteemed porn reviewer, co-founder of the SF Jacks and guest lecturer of gay sexuality and erotology at SF State University and the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

The Past, Present, and Future of Gay Porn
These award-winning panelists will present a short clip from each of their studios and then explore questions about the changing landscape of gay porn, moderated by Good Vibrations’ Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen.  The unique perspectives of different gay porn studios, filmmakers and reviewers will shape a fascinating conversation about shifts in trends, aesthetics, laws, and consumption; their role as filmmakers and fantasy makers; the politics of porn, and the limitations and creative possibilities in the genre.

The Good Vibrations’ Independent Erotic Film Festival
Good Vibrations, the trusted Bay Area retailer that takes pride in providing accurate information on sexuality and toys for grown-ups, presents five nights of diverse sexy screenings at venues throughout San Francisco as part of its sixth annual Indie Erotic Film Festival from September 17th – 22nd.   With an all-star lineup of thematic screenings, panels, and features leading up to the shorts competition at the Castro Theatre, IXFF celebrates the spectrum of sexuality in this uniquely San Francisco tradition.  

The 2011 line-up includes:

The Golden Years of Porn with Susie Bright: Saturday, September 17th at the Victoria Theatre, 8pm, $12.

Sunday, September 18th IXFF presents a Night of Lust: Explicit Erotic Shorts by Erika Lust (Spain) at Roxie Cinema. 

  • Tuesday, September 20th IXFF exalts gay porn with A Celebration of Sleaze! Gay porn panel, clip show, and screening of “Smut Capital of America” at the SF LGBT Center.
  • Wednesday, September 21st celebrates lesbian and queer filmmaking with “Pink & White Delight:” an Evening with Shine Louise Houston featuring a Special Clip Show Screening and Director Q&A at the SF LGBT Center.
  • Good Vibrations International Short Film Competition hosted by Dr. Carol Queen and Peaches Christ!  Straight, gay, queer, or kinky, you will find it all in 7 minutes or less at the festival finale on September 22nd.  Pre-party at 7pm $10, screening at 8pm, $10, at the Castro Theatre.

For tickets and details, visit: goodvibesquickies.com

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Images and interviews with filmmakers available. Contact Camilla Lombard at 415.974.8985 x201 or camillal@goodvibes.com.

Sponsors for IXFF include: Toyfriend, Fun Factory, LELO, XBIZ, Jimmyjane, Vixen Creations, Doc Johnson, SF Bay Guardian, East Bay Express, Bay Area Reporter, Curve Magazine, Me Bath & Body, Leather etc., Eros, Twin Peaks Tavern, Lexington Club, SF Mix Bar, The Sausage Factory, Sliquid, Sir Richards, Digital Playground, Evolution Fresh Juice, Hot Cookie, Del Arco Tequila, Dark Garden, and Good Vibrations' sister company, the award-winning video producers Good Releasing.

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