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For Immediate Release

August 15th, 2011

Media Contact: Camilla Lombard
Events and Publicity Manager
(415) 974-8985 ext.201

Good Vibrations' Independent Erotic Film Festival Presents: Susie Bright's "How To Read a Dirty Movie"

Best Selling Author and Sex-Positive Feminist Presents Legendary X-Rated Porn Retrospective

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San Francisco, CA -- (August 15th, 2011): Nostalgic for the golden years of porn?  Wondering how porn became so mainstream or how mainstream cinema got so… porn-y?  

Susie Bright will guide you through porn’s peculiar path in her entertaining and educational clip show and presentation “How to Read a Dirty Movie.” One night only, Bright is featured on September 17th  at the Victoria Theatre to kick off the Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Festival (IXFF). 

Attendees at "How to Read a Dirty Movie" will enjoy now-unobtainable scenes of queer, straight, romantic and educational porn that challenges and celebrates sex in American cinema.  Susie will take us on a trip through the annals of porn history and illustrate how outspoken women and erotic outliers transformed and revolutionized both Hollywood and porn.  Prepare to be amused, aroused, entertained and educated at this one-of-a-kind event!

Clips include now-unobtainable scenes from Veronika Rocket’s Smoker; Old Reliable’s I, Rick; Bill Higgins’ Big Guns; Fatale’s BurLEZk and legendary G-spot ejaculation in CLIPS; the film based on the best-selling sex book ever published,  How to Enlarge Your Penis; Ron Sullivan’s Sexcapades; Irving Klaw’s bondage classics; the late Christopher Rage’s My Masters and Richard Mahler’s Midnight Heat; Rodney Werdon’s explosive oral sex histories;Vanessa Del Rio’s gang-bang choreography; plus the advent of machine-gun bimbos.

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. 

Susie Bright
Legendary editor of On Our Backs magazine and a progenitor of the sex-positive feminist movement, Bright was the first serious erotic film industry critic in a world where no film was critiqued or investigated beyond a “Peter Meter.”  She began writing and reporting for Penthouse Forum in the early 1980s, turning the field upside down with her industry criticism and legendary road-shows, “How to Read a Dirty Movie” and “All Girl Action.”  She is the author of the national bestsellers Full Exposure and The Sexual State of the Union, as well as The Best American Eroticaand Herotica series, and most recently her memoir, Big Sex Little Death.

Dubbed the “Pauline Kael of Pornography” by the SF Chronicle, and voted into the X-Rated Critics Organization XRCO’s Hall of Fame(2002), Bright taught the first university course on sexual representation in 1986. She has brought lasting cultural influence with her acting/writing roles in films like Bound and The Celluloid Closet, as well as playing herself, “the famous feminist sex writer,” on Six Feet Under.

Emcee Dr. Carol Queen

Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen will introduce the event. She says, “Susie’s presentation is both vastly entertaining and wickedly smart, and it hasn’t been presented in almost 20 years.  Hot off the trail of promoting her new best-selling autobiography Big Sex Little Death, which I loved, she is gracing us with her presence to kick off the best IXFF yet. I can’t wait to revisit her groundbreaking insights about porn, and see some incredibly obscure footage while we're at it.” 


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


Other film fest events include:

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

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

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.

About Good Vibrations
Good Vibrations is the premier retailer trusted since 1977 to provide high quality products, education, and information that promotes sexual health, pleasure, and empowerment. We invented the concept of the clean, well-lighted vibrator store and we're proud to provide a safe and welcoming environment where customers can shop for sex toys, books, movies, and attend workshops.