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Immediate Release: April 15, 2011
BIENNIAL SAN FRANCISCO SEX WORKERS FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL
San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival provides a forum for
the accomplishments of sex worker performers, artists and video makers
from San Francisco and around the world. The 10 day long 2011 Festival
introduces a number of new events including "Roaming Hookerfest,"
(AKA Up Against The Wall: Sex Workers in Public Spaces); Whores Bath,
a magical healing spa for sex workers; Get The Money Up Front Cabaret
with Alotta Boutte'; Hook Collective Sex Worker of Color Art Show; and
movies such as "Transfrancisco," "Fridas Informal Economy"
and "Devious, Inc." and much, much more.
Francisco-May 5, 2011)
San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival has, since 1999, provided
a forum for sex worker film and video makers to screen works about sex
workers and the sex industries from around the world. The Festival has
expanded to become a vibrant venue for performances, workshops, visual
arts, political organizing, skills sharing and ever expanding other events.
The Sex Worker Festival recognizes and honors prostitutes, dancers, porn
performers and other sex workers, who have since time immemorial been
dynamic and integral members of arts communities.
-"Roaming Hookerfest" Caravan at Mystery Locations Divulged
The Money Up Front" Cabaret with The Stripping Granny, (as seen
on America's Got Talent), Alotta Boutte', Jupiter Knows, Annie Danger
and many more
Sprinkle's "What the F*ck is Ecosex and How Can It Improve Your
Sex Business?" A Show-and-Tell
Stripping Granny (As Seen on America's Got Talent) at Get The
Mopney Up Front Cabaret
Art of Webcamming Workshop, benefiting Sex Workers Outreach Project
Passion's "Modern Day Asian Sex Slavery: The Musical" 'Because
the real enemies are racism, marginalization and ignorance of the lives
of sex workers'
Feminists and Human Rights Activists Don't Buy Ashton: How Irrational
Panic over 'Modern Day Slavery' Harms Women" by Emi Koyama
Hookerfest," (AKA Up Against The Wall: Sex Workers in Public Spaces),
is a traveling outdoor caravan of sex workers, projecting movies and
distributing sundries, gifts and safer sex materials through the streets
and alleyways of San Francisco (at secret coordinates divulged at the
last minute)! Up Against The Wall is proud to be included on Kickstarter,
the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. (www.kickstarter.com/projects/18637495/up-against-the-wall-sex-workers-in-public-spaces)
The caravan will be joined by burlesque performance ensemble GLITTERACTION!
"Using the power of art and sparkle to create beauty and to challenge
ourselves and others," also performing in the Festival's "Get
The Money Up Front" Cabaret.
The Festival is presenting
"Modern Asian Sex Slavery: The Musical," a one woman show by Mariko
Passion offering an experiential, ironic, poetic and intense perspective
on the stereotypes surrounding sex workers of Asian descent in
the context of the current the anti-trafficking discourse. Mariko
Passion explores "the real enemies...racism, marginalization and
ignorance of the lives of the sex workers."
For the first time the Sex Worker Festival presents "Whores Bath,"
a spa and magical healing event for sex workers in San Francisco, "reclaiming
our roles as healers." "Whores Bath" contributes to the
21st century lexicon with a new entry in the Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=whores%20bath)
Hook Collective launches a project parallel to the Festival, "INTERSECTION:
Stories Through Art by Sex Workers of Color" curated by Tobias Ex.
INTERSECTION challenges the representation of the identity "sex
worker," often portrayed as the image of a white empowered middle-class
worker. "Because the sex industry encapsulates an expansive range
of experiences and identities, the goal of INTERSECTION is to provide
an intentional space where the stories and art of people of color in
the sex industry take the principal role."
Kicking off the Festival, our own Derrick Hanson, Rent Boy's Hookies
Award Winner (Mr. San Francisco 2011, Escort of the Year AND International
Best Fetish Escort of the Year http://www.rentboy.com/ListingPopup.aspx?lid=179490
is teaming up with SF's original "musical comedy cabaret porn star"
Tom Orr to present LOVE FOR $ALE: A Sweet Talking ~ Street Walking Bawdy
Burlesque Cabaret kicking off the festival to benefit the St. James Infirmary
Annie Danger (http://anniedanger.webs.com/)
will emcee the "Get The Money Up Front" Cabaret featuring
Alotta Boutte', 2011 Leather Alliance Entertainer of the Year
artist Annie Sprinkle (www.anniesprinkle.org/
) presents "What the F*ck is Ecosex and How Can It Improve Your
Sex Business?" a show and tell presentation exploring Green Porn,
Eco-phone Sex, Nature Fetishes and Eco-whores.
writer and performance artist, Kirk Read (www.kirkread.com)
American Library Association Honor Book Award winner for "How
I Learned to Snap" (Penguin/Putnam) presents a workshop
on friendship for male sex workers.
Majors of TGI Justice Project (www.tgijp.org)
(and of 1969 Stonewall uprising fame) will participate in a workshop
with Desiree Alliance (www.desirealliance.org)
co-director and prisoners rights activist, Crisitine Sardina on social
justice and sex workers' rights. Both are also prisoners rights advocates.
Films and videos for the Festival focus on prostitutes' rights;
sex work migration and the anti-trafficking framework; sex work
as a labor issue on the international agenda; sex workers as
artists; queer and trans sex workers; sex work and gender identities;
sex education, sex art, porn, fetish culture and erotica; portraits
of strippers, prostitutes, doms, and madams, and much more.
Some highlights include:
-"Transfrancisco" by Glenn Davis features Nadia Cabezas (AKA
Kitty Kastro, a festival artist who died in an automobile accident in
2007) and many others.
-Fetish musical, "Devious Inc"
-"Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism" features sex work sheroes Annie
Sprinkle, Lydia Lunch, Scarlot Harlot and Michelle Tea
-"Every Ho I Know Says So: A Resource for Lovers, Partners and Sweeties
of Sex Workers," by Lusty day, Jackson and the Australian sex worker
organization, Scarlet Alliance, was created "as a response to the
lack of resources for people looking for advice on how to be good to
a sex worker."
-"Titty Fuck Me" starring Trauma Flinstone is a San Francisco
style musical montage of campy, sexy bliss by Sion Shankel.
work includes Good Women of Taipei by Yann-Shan Tsaia with COSWAS (Collective
of Sex Workers and Supporters) and number of videos from sexworkerspresent
www.sexworkerspresent.blip.tv/ (on blip TV) including a new work from
Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers, Bad Rehab, a controversial new music
video, protesting the use of raid and rescue as an anti-trafficking measure
by Somaly Mam at AFESIP, an anti-sex worker foundation in the region.
"There are a wide array of narrative approaches including video
poems, documentaries, feature length fairy tales, and skin flicks,"
explains curator Laure McElroy. "We have voices from Africa, Canada,
Holland, USA, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and the fictional town of New Cityville.
We are showing all walks of life, and diverse gender, sexuality, lifestyle,
and business models."
Festival founder, Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot says, "Sex workers
have an excellent vantage point from which to view social hypocrisy,
expressed in many contexts--by the lawmakers who use their services,
then sponsor policies which further criminalize them, to the wanna-be
saviors who try to 'rescue them.' This whores-eye-view of society is
reflected in this body of work by sex workers."
include the San Francisco Bay Times (www.sfbaytimes.com); the
San Francisco Bay Guardian (www.sfbg.com); National Queer Arts
Festival (www.queerculturalcenter.org), the San Francisco Transgender
Film Festival (www.trannyfest.com); the Center for Sex &
Culture (www.sexandculture.org); Media Alliance (www.media-alliance.org);
Sex Worker Media Library (www.sexworkermedialibrary.org); International
Sex Worker Foundation for Art Culture and Education (www.iswface.org),
Sex Workers Outreach Project; Desiree Alliance; SWAAY (Sex Work
Activists, Allies and You) the St. James Infirmary (www.stjamesinfirmary.or);
Solace, San Francisco (www.solacesf.org); Bound Not Gagged (www.boundnotgagged.com);
the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc, (www.thesisters.org)
and others to be announced.
you would like more information or to schedule an interview about this
festival or topic, please call (415) 751-1659 or (503) 348-7666.
Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot and Erica Fabulous;Film Curator- Laure
Telephone: Erica Fabulous; 503-348-7666; Carol Leigh (415) 671-6117
email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: May 20-29, 2011
Location: Multiple venues in San Francisco: Roxie Cinema, SOMArts Cultural
Center; Center for Sex & Culture; Million Fishes Gallery.
Advance Tickets Available:
events will be listed after May 8, 2011)
Photos for publication: http://www.sexworkerfest.com/swfest2011/hi_resSWFEST_2011.html
Also at http://www.sexworkerfest.com/swfest2011/PressPhotos/
Go to Schedule:
7th Biennial Event May 20-29, 2011