Produced by- Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot, Erica Fabulous and Laure McElroy; Film Curator- Laure McElroy
Since 1999 the San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival has provided a forum for sex worker film and video makers to screen works about sex workers and sex work, businesses, industries and trades around the world. The Festival has expanded to become a vibrant venue for performances, workshops, visual arts, political organizing, skills sharing and ever expanding events. The Sex Worker Festival recognizes and honors prostitutes, dancers, porn performers and other sex workers from diverse communities, who have been dynamic and integral members of arts communities since time immemorial.
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 claim to ‘rescue’ but only increase our vulnerability. This whores-eye-view of society is reflected in this body of work by sex workers.
Festivals are biennial, in odd years in May. http://www.sexworkerfest.com/