Schedule of Movies
The Roxie New College Film Center
July 21st, Saturday 12 Noon- 2 am
Movies Screened at 'We, Asian Sex Workers' Exhibit,
July 21st- Film Festival at The Roxie Saturday
(There will be a preview on July 20th 'The Roaming Hookerfest'
previewing movies via outdoor projection on the streets of San
Media Contacts: Carol Leigh-(415) 751-1659
Public Festival Information Line: (415) 861-1157
12 noon-Turning a Corner- The Festival is invites outreach
agencies and health service providers to this screening to examine
these diverse experiences of sex work.
Kryptonite - Amber Bemak (32 min -2005) Follow a group of women
at a small house of domination in Manhattan and hear from the
own point of view on life, love and what makes them tick.
Update from the Sidewalk - Vero Leduc (35 min. 2006- FR/Quebec)
Three sex workers from Toulouse relate their vision of prostitution,
autonomy, social relations and feminism. Vero Leduc is part of
the Pink Panthers Radical Queer Group and the videoactivist collective
Les Lucioles, based in Montreal. Update from the Sidewalks is
included in La Putain de Compile, a compilation she produced with
Stella, a sex worker group in Montreal.
Turning a Corner - Salome Chasnoff (58 min- 2006) This video was
created in a media activism workshop that Chasnoff facilitated
with 15 women who had been involved in street prostitution in
Chicago . Exposing the harsh realities of their lives, this riveting
work tells the women's stories of survival and triumph over homelessness,
violence and discrimination and rare insights into this aspect
of Chicago's sex industry and documents the women's efforts to
raise awareness of the injustices experienced by those who struggle
to survive in this underground world. A San Francisco premiere.
2 pm Naked Hearts and Minds
Conference in Brussels, (2 min excerpt. 2006-Italy, France) A
wonderful poem a homage to street workers. (from the compilation,
La Putain de Compile)
exploring the hearts and minds of gay male escorts - Jeff Ball
(15 min. excerpt 2007) A short documentary from an installation
by MachoSissy (aka Jeff Ball) about the lives, loves and work
of gay male escorts.
Begging Naked- Karen Gehres (70 min. 2007) A portrait of a woman's
journey in New York as an artist, teenage runaway, prostitute,
stripper and her life in the labyrinth of Giuliani's repressive
anti-prostitution laws that tore the city's industry apart. This
inspiring film transcends its grim narrative, gracefully creating
an intimate portrait of a fascinating individual struggling to
survive in a city that would prefer she didn't exist. Begging
Naked was filmed by her friend over the course of nine years.
We are proud to premiere it here on the West Coast. Edited by
Kim Kowalski Original Music by Brendan O'Shea. Additional music
featuring Marianne Faithful, Kate Bush and Mae West.
4 pm Hos Demanding Our Rights
Whore Pride - Vero Leduc, (3.30 2006 FR/Quebec) On the 3rd anniversary
of the Sarkozy Law March 18, 2006 a few hundred sex workers descend
on Paris streets to protest repression and to demand rights and
recognition of their status. (from the compilation, La Putain
de Compile)Mandatory HIV Testing Demo at Hall of (In)justice-
Scarlot Harlot (4 min. 1990) Local San Francisco television archives
of a demo against mandatory HIV testing for sex workers featuring
Scarlot Harlot, Dee Dee Russell, Vic St. Blaise and other local
activists. (from the compilation, La Putain de Compile)
LA- Gennifer Hirano, asian princess. (2 min. 2007) A Short Film
Chronicling the SWOP LA demo.
Political Whore by Stephan Lahoud, (6 min. 2006 Fr/Quebec) Male
hustlers Chacha and Nutella discuss the political character of
their work and life in the gay community. (from the compilation,
La Putain de Compile)
Taking the Pledge Melissa Ditmore & Erin Siegel (Network of
Sex Work Projects) (13 min. 2007) - Powerful activist detailing
with interviews spanning the globe, addressing the impacts of
new US funding restrictions under the Bush administration.
XXXpressions-Mirha Soleil Ross (STELLA) (13 min. 2006, Fr/Quebec)
In May 2005, 250 sex workers from around the world assembled in
Montreal for the XXX Forum. Organized by Stella, Montreal's peer-run
sex worker organization marked Stella's tenth anniversary an a
chance to take collective stock of the sex worker rights movement.
Yet another uniquely artful and experimental approach to cinematic
journalism by sex worker filmmaker-star, Mirha. (from the compilation,
La Putain de Compile)
Legalization Sucks Maxine Doogan (29 min. 2005)
Features two San Francisco exotic dance club workers and two Nevada
brothel workers who talk how these legalized sex industry businesses
hasn't created ideal work conditions for erotic laborers and was
featured at Laborfest.net 2005
Ni victimes - Sexyshock with International Committee for Sex Workers
Rights in Europe (38 min, 2006 Italy/Belgium)
At the historic conference in Brussels October 2005 "Ni coupables,
ni victimes" (French for 'not guilty, not victims') is a
polyphonic conversation gathering the words of some of the protagonists
at the Brussels conference. They speak of the complexity and nuances
of the sex industry and their lives: the challenges and the struggles
of being a sex worker in Europe today, the repressive policies
affecting their lives, and the strategies of resistance enabling
them to do their work, build their desires and plan their futures.
Sex Workers Do Harm Reduction - PJ Starr (7 min, 2007)
In May 2007, a coalition of sex worker organizers converged on
to attend the International Harm Reduction Conference. This short
inspires debate about the relationship between sex worker rights,
human rights and harm reduction. Additional camera and inspiration
by Robyn Few.
pm Lying Down and Standing Up: Hookers on the Move
69 things I love about Sex Work - Isabel Hosti (5:51 min, 2006)
and sexy piece about a queer Canadian's favorite things about
Hard Work by Margo St. James (29 min. 1977) Wonderful energetic
documentary about the very beginnings of our modern day prostitutes
rights movement and one of our early pioneers, Margo St. James.
de Lyon parlent -Carole Roussopoulos with Video Out (10 min. excerpt
1975) US Premiere!Documentary
about the action that launched the sex worker rights movement
in Europe. This subversive event took place when prostitutes occupied
a church in Lyon, France.
Otras Vias - FrauenLesbenFilmcollectif (56 min. 2002) Powerful
chronicling 'mucolade contra la deportacion' (women against
deportation) a group of radical queer Spanish speaking women in
who are doing preventive work to avoid migrant sexworkers to be
imprisoned for deportation. Particulary relevant in the context
current anti-immmigrant panics in the U.S.
Sweetheart I Thought We Covered That Yesterday - blake nemec (5
2007) Previewing the lives of three hustlers in 1986. Sage sees
angle to Fire island, Fran negotiates from her can and gets sewn
street drama while Vanessa walks on, distracted by her suppressed
The Railroad All-Stars- Chema Rodriguez (90 min. 2006)
Street Workers n Guatemala City live their lives and fight to
be treated with respect and of ending the spat of violence recently
workers in the stroll. In order to draw public attention to their
everyday problems, they get together to form a football team,
for weeks and sign up for a local championship . This is their
pm Sex Worker Realism
The Making of Gigi PJ Starr (10 min. trailer 2008)
Downtown areas of the District of Columbia have almost completely
transformed since the 1990s into clean and quiet safe havens for
bureaucratic classes. As the streets are sanitized, we are losing
vibrant street cultures of DC and the unwritten histories of sex
workers and street folk will soon be forgotten. Gigi Thomas, a
African American transgender sex worker rights activist, retraces
personal transformations with film-maker and friend PJ Starr as
visit different neighborhoods to view the major landmarks of Gigi's
life. Ethnographic film assistant Ryan Mahon.
Survivor Director- Lin Jingjie; Producer- Yann Shan Tsai (21 min.
filmed by this award winning team, Street Survivor is a precious
portrait of a hooker, her time and the cop who arrested her. If
she needs to be working the streets in order to survive, does
the cop have a choice of letting her be? Who is the oppressed
in the scenario and who is to blame? The first-person voices of
a policeman and a sex worker tell us how they try to survive this
cruel game on the street. In collaboration with Left Motion Filmmakers
Collective; Music by Lin Giong.
Frau Mercedes Louis Matare' (52 min. 2007) An intimate date with
Mercedes of Bern, Switzerland, who has been working for 35 years.
follow her journey from her life in her home, her work and the
and history she shares with us. A dying breed, Frau Mercedes is
of the last few pros who continues to work in her car, despite
legalization of brothels which has greatly reduced her business
the realities of growing older in the world of prostitution.
Midnight-What's Hotter than Hooker Shorts?
Plastic Fantastic #1 Samara Halperin (1 min. 2006)
An animated video that asks the age old question, do hot dogs
Music by Paperboats.
Gender Poo -Lolaguine (1:30 min. 2007) Bathroom signs for all
are sick of gender binaries. (from the compilation, La Putain
Highway Amazon (12 min. 2007) Ronnie Cramer a body builder/exotic
dancer who travels across the country wrestling men in hotel rooms
and we get to see what this ripped muscle queen does to these
Hard Hat Required - Samara Halperin (3 min. 2006) An animated
that brings new meaning to the phrase, "under construction."
Music by Rocco Katastrophe Kayiatos.
The Aphrodite Project -Norene Leddy (6 min. 2006)
These magical hooker platforms are a 'must' for 21st century hookers
in this interactive system and conceptual tribute to the Greek
goddess. Plus they are very practical for futuristic style sex
workers. (from the compilation, La Putain de Compile)
Trannymal- Dylan Vade and Chrys Curtis-Fawley (2 min. 2006) Have
you ever wanted to see transgender genitals but been afraid to
Meet Trannymal, a transgender genital with attitude. Yes, you
look at him but he looks back! Trannymal sets out to make the
safer for transgender people.
Meats and Hearts-kiddy drown (4 min. 2007) very E.X.P.
Postramatiks- kiddy drown (4 min. 2007) animation of creatures
No Strings Attached - Gentry McShane ( 8 min. 2006) Sid and Sam
two bored fags lounging around cruising Craigslist ads when they
across a pretty typical ad seeking STR8 Acting guys. Sid and Sam
decide to take matters in to their own hands. What ensues is a
hilarious lesson in gender identity for Joe, a "normal"
for a good time. Starring Jamie Sharpe and Jhon Jack.
Commercial Break - billay tania (3:59 min 2007) A totally radical
channel surf through the killer waves of daytime television. And
Yum- Sadie Lune (5:5 min. 2005) A very loving look at BDSM in
soft and pretty palate which highlights the nurturing and soul-feeding
aspects of both BDSM and home made food. Rhythmically set to one
of Chopin's preludes, a moving piece with a dark crescendo like
a BDSM scene or the moment went simmer turns to boil. Photography
by Julia Robinson; starring Shae Dawson.
The Waiting Room PJ Starr (12 min. 2007) The devil makes work
for idle hands in this behind the scenes, slice of life, depiction
of what sex workers really think about paying guys. Is everything
as it seems? Spend 15 minutes with the ladies and gentlemen of
The Waiting Room as they file their nails, watch TV and create
their fantasy personas. Find out more about the back room of the
brothel. A fictional narrative based on a
true story that explores transformation, sexual disgust, envy
and/or the pleasure of making money. Stars Takia Cash and Chastity
Laws. Introducing Cherry Ripe Lee.
3 Letters from 3 Schizophrenics (3:35 min. 2007) a hallucinogenic
psychodrama that is more akin to an acid trip than a sane and
reality. Composed of computer crafted animation with texts by
and lovers, 3 Letters from 3 Schizophrenics is a frenetic exploration
of love, abstraction and sexual compulsion.
Incontinencia - billay tania (4:52 min. 2007) An out-of-control
of uncontrollable loss, a satirical reclamation of high art and
Jaded Consumer Looking For Something More - Rhani Lee Remedes
(35 min. 2007)
A glitter in the gutter fairytale about the quest for horny unicorny.
Filmed in the streets of San Francisco, this visually stunning
perverted movie-ette follows 12 year old Spatty Tinkle (Chelsea
on her neurotic prowl for "something more". Among the
cast of creeps
include the narcissistic and lonely Prince, (Brontez of Gravy
Train!!!), the hot fat hustler Helena Smith (Fabulous of the Sex
Worker Fest) and the witchy creature preacher of the Unicorn Truth
(Kiddy Kattle). Fucked up and gorgeous to the eye, pot smoke and
mossy electric trees, anxiety on a mission, and uniporn. Don't
Your Chance To Be Touched By the Unicorn.