Sex Worker Marathon at The Roxie

Sex Worker Movie Marathon at the Roxie
Presented by the San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival  May 19th-28th 415-857-5425

May 27th 2-Midnight
Curated by Laure McElroy

2 PM
The Struggle is REAL

All over the world the war for sexual freedom, economic rights and liberated gender expression is raging. There are casualties who are also warriors in Vietnam (Vietnam International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers), children who are also perpetrators in Singapore (Project X-Bully Boys), people dying behind bad fucking laws in the USA and Canada (More Harm Than Good and Decriminalize Sex Work NOW!); and as usual, whores and whore allies who are partying for the WIN in SAN FRANCISCO (Red Umbrella Rights)!! -LM

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers- Shorts
No matter where we live, sex workers share the same struggles with police violence, criminalization by bad laws, and a lack of adequate protection on the streets. Detailed local emphasis informs about and commemorates International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. 5:00/2015/

Ah Boys-Bully Boys   
Project X
Singapore has one of the best school systems in the world, but a disturbing trend is on the rise there among secondary school boys; verbal and physical assault of transgender people. These hate crimes are so widespread that some have compared abusing both gay and transgender folk to a modern day “right of passage” for teens. This short is a public service announcement that calls on the public to take action.1:13/2015/Singapore

More Harm Than Good
Director/Producer: Jordan Flaherty
Executive Producer: Laura Flanders
Alaskan lawmakers passed a law against sex trafficking, but who does it really affect? This short explores the intersections of sex work, poverty and criminalization in Alaskan legislative state politics.  10:07/2014/US

Our Bodies, Our Business
George  Stamos
An impressive and instructive historical record of activism on behalf of sex worker rights and commonsense AIDS education and outreach policy at the Fifth International Conference on AIDS that took place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1989. Directed by George Stamos in 2016 using archival footage captured by ACT UP New York's Catherine Gund in 1989, this documentary features pioneering Sex Workers rights activists at the Fifth International Conference on AIDS in Montreal who carved the way for generations to follow, and have remained relevant since. Featuring the words and actions of key figures, including Cheryl Overs, The Scarlot Harlot aka Carol Leigh, Valerie Scott, Tracey TIEF, and the late Danny Cockerline and Andrew Hunter, to whom the documentary is dedicated. Our Bodies Our Business received essential support from Triple-X Workers' Solidarity Association of B.C. 24:08/1990/Canada

Violencia in the Media
Linda Porn
Hilarious and wise satirical mocumentary expressing frustration with the way violence against sex workers is portrayed in the media. 6:13/2015/Spain

Red Umbrella Rights
Molly Merryman
Red Umbrella Rights explores sex worker rights through interviews and events, with a focus on the founders of the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers and members of Bay area SWOP.  55:05/2016/US

The US PROStitutes Collective and In Defense of Prostitute Women’s Safety Project Presents

Les prostituées de Lyon Parlent  – The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak
Carole Roussopoulos
On 3 June 1975, 100-150 prostitute women occupied the church of St. Nizier, one of the main churches in the centre of Lyon, France. A banner was hung over the church façade ‘Our children don’t want their mothers in prison.’ The occupation was sparked by the brutal torture and murder of sex workers, and a police crackdown. Instead of going after the murderer/s, the police were handing out ‘“two to 10 fines” a fortnight and threatening women with prison. Within weeks churches had been occupied all over France including in Paris. The church occupations sparked the modern day sex workers rights movement. US Premiere. 45 min/1975/France

Tales of the Grim Sleeper (excerpts)
Nick Broomfield
Clips from Tales of the Grim Sleeper which is a devastating expose of the lack of value police placed on the lives of impoverished Black women, many of whom were sex workers working the street in Los Angeles.  Documents the case of the serial murders of Black women in LA, & law enforcement and officials criminal neglect, also campaigning by the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders for police accountability and justice for the victims and their families. 13:00/2015/UK

5:30 PM    Baby U’re So STRONG
Taken together these two documentary projects reveal a common depth of courage and creativity as sex workers grab the reigns of their lives and become leaders in social changed, informed by their history in overcoming adversity and stigma.

Sunflowers of Nicaragua
Florence Jaugey
Sixteen female sex workers have been named judicial aides by Nicaragua’s Supreme Court to facilitate the resolution of conflicts that come up in their work. It is the first time in the world that sex workers have had access to this function.  The film accompanies some of these women in their mediation work and in the actions they promote through their association, Girasoles (Sunflowers) of Nicaragua, to gain recognition and regulations for autonomous sex work. 1hr/20/2017/Nicaragua

Mixed Whore/Puta Mestiza
Linda Porn
“Many migrants we choose the sex worker like migration project. The only way left by the European Migration it is illegality, as permits and irregular entries to Europe. This only way we have to enter–call ‘mafia’ to discredit our freedom of movement as cis or trans women to work in the sex industry. Linda Porn is an immigrant and sex worker artist. She works with movies, video art, performance, and theater with concepts such as feminism and decoloniality. In the last years she works with concepts like migrant and sex worker in Spain.” 9:43/2016/Spain

A Nation Under Seige- Moskitia, Ep. 1
Saycsar Fleurima, & Ercell Valcina Fleurima
Ercell Fleurima, Appearing Live!
This short introduction from Rebel Twins Collective portrays struggle of the Miskito people and the efforts of Ercell Valcina Fleurima and her son, filmmaker Saycsar Fleurima (and family) to help her community of indigenous Miskito people in their claim for land that has been taken from them by the government of Nicaragua, Ercell, appearing live with this movie, is a long time member of our community. Author, model and more, she has been as sex worker and activist (on a range of issues) for many years and stands strong in her right to own her body. From these efforts, she has developed into a fierce advocate for her people.  For further information see 12:00/2016/US-Nicaragua

8:00 PM Kaleidoscopic Game

There are those who would try to stuff things concerning sex into a dark and secret hole. To consider sex work is to explode this shallow and facile Puritanism. Sexuality cannot be isolated and removed from the everyday. In this show a variety of sources yields an eclectic selection of short works by and about sex workers that span all concerns of life. There’s the charming bravado of youth (Lawless), and an allegorical tale of how the old hunger for young bodies (Flesh for Brigitte); polar differences in approach to legislative handling of sex work and the how each approach affects the work and the workers (Booking with a Sex Worker in a Decrim State and Sounding Aileen); from the angst of anti-porn theory (Danny Wylde to a prescription for salvation through porn in (Porn Yoga: So You Think You Can Wank); from hot, tattooed and fancy-free dancin’ on camera (All My Hoes) to a hard week at work for two people trying to provide the best start possible for a child (Funcle); from street based worker and director Victoria Schneider’s existential musings (Whore on Whore) to an extremely transgressive dance recital by the incomparable erotic performance artist Akynos Shekera (Twerking on Jesus)! Buckle up, Moonbeam! The kaleidoscope is shakin’ and it’s gonna be a wild bouncy ride. -LM

Sex work - it's a real job
Kima O'Donnell & Tamara Desiatov
In 2016, sex workers approached RhED/Resourcing Health and Education in the sex industry with the concept of creating art to raise awareness in the general community about stigma and discrimination. This pieces were all created by sex workers. 2:45/2017/Victoria

Twerking on Jesus 2:35
Akynos Shekera, Laura Murray & PJ Starr
Video of performance artist/burlesque dancer/sex worker rights advocate, The Incredible, Edible, Akynos (MF Akynos) touring Brazil to twerk on everything in sight, but especially the beloved Jesus statue in Rio. Follow her journey through the upcoming film #TwerkingOnJesus on 2:35/2016/US-Brazil

Whore on Whore
Director: Victoria Schneider; Editor: Carol Leigh
The story of Victoria Schneider, a brave activist from San Francisco, who speaks of her work on the street and her life and goals. In the follow-up you see how she had the courage to challenge abusive treatment by the police and Sheriff's department in a landmark case. 6:37/1995/San Francisco

Sounding Aileen
Holiday Black & Emily Raw
Poet Holiday Black uses found language from the Aileen Wuornos case to create experimental poetry. In this video, Black collaborates with film maker Emily Raw, contrasting the harsh, dense realities lived by Aileen with jittering and transcendental imagery meant to reflect the pressures of sex workers living under criminalization. 1:51/2017/US

Ellen Pearson
A collaborative short film documenting the everyday experiences of Tilly Lawless, a sex worker in Sydney’s decriminalised sex industry. The film attempts to challenge commonly held attitudes about sex and love, and to expose society’s contradictory taboos surrounding sex work. Made up of photographs taken by Tilly herself, the film invites the viewer into her world as a confidant, rather than as a voyeur. 3:32/2016/UK

A Booking with a Sex Worker in a Decriminalised State
Kitty Korner & Holly
Funny and informative, this video shows the ins and outs of what actually goes on in a booking under decrim.4:54/2015/Australia

Flesh for Brigette
Philippe SOLANGE
Brigitte, director of a porn production company, is obsessed by getting old. She's ready about doing anything to get her youth back, even summoning a spirit hungry for young porn actors! 8:30/2016/France

Vivi Violette
Is the freedom bought by sex work contradicted by stereotyped stylizations such as ‘slut, seductress, bitch’, of the sexually empowered woman? Bodies explores opinions and judgments of women who use their bodies as a means to an end. In three segments the film explores archetypes of sexual women performed by Vivi Violette, predominantly taken from her experiences in the sex industry and how she is perceived within it. 4:23/2016/Australia

All My Hoes
Eva Wo
A compilation of video shot during erotic and professional photoshoots with queer femme sex worker friends of artist Eva Woo in West Philadelphia. 2:14/2017/US

Shit They Say to Sex Workers
Uppity Whores
As part of the 'shit people say' meme, sex workers mock the most commonly-heard offensive remarks from everyday folk. 2:56/2012/ Australia

Make My Day
Eurydice Aroney
Filmed in Sydney's Salon Kitty's dungeons in 1986 this short film is an accurate portrayal of the frustrations (or is it the pleasures?) of being a Bondage and Discipline mistress. 11:34/1988/Australia

Training of Poe
Bella Vendetta
These clips from this immersive trans lesbian BDSM documentary follow Chelsea Poe to the mountains of western Massachusetts for an intense 3 day slave training at the old guard leather household of Mistress Bella Vendetta. 8:07/2017/US

Danny Wylde
Matthew Kaundar/ Luka Fisher/Christopher Zeischegg
Based on an essay by project collaborator, former porn star ‘Danny Wylde’, this disturbing short frames Zeischegg aka Wylde’s negative experiences and reflections on the porn industry. 3:00/2015/US

Testimonies of Thell
Maia Izzo-Foulquier
A member of french sex worker organization, STRASS. Maia is an award winning fine artist with a degree in political science. She utilises ╩photographic and videographic perspectives to investigate her activity as a sex worker. This video tryptic was originally constructed as an installation 10:00/2016/France

Badass Nigga- The Charlie Looker of Psalm Zero Remix
M. Lamar
Some of us sex workers have a decided weakness for Hegelian philosophy, fine African American literature, spikes, eyeliner and cutie twinks in bondage! Afro-gothic experimental performance artist M. Lamar (immensely stylish and talented sibling of the immensely stylish and talented American icon Laverne Cox) takes his audience on an aural-visual killing spree in this dark, high concept short. 4:11/2014/US

New School of Erotic Touch and presents:
‘So You Think You Can Wank?’ and ‘Before Porn Yoga, Beyond Porn Addiction’ and more
Produced by Joseph Kramer, Ph.D.; edited by Joseph and Carol Leigh
Sexologist Dr. Joseph Kramer, teaches a new approach to embodied sexuality in the form of a yoga practice. Porn Yoga deconstructs our relationship to porn, dispersing cultural shame. “This embodied sexual practice uses porn as a tool to integrate sexual arousal into our bodies, our lives and our world.” 2017/Oakland

House of Air
Brian Fairbairn & Karl Eccleston
Deriving its inspiration from Hal Fischer’s seminal work ╘Gay Semiotics: a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men’, House of Air parodies instructional videos of the 1970s and at the same time explores a clash between coded and explicit representations of gay sex. 3:57/2017/UK

I Am Learning To Abandon the World
A. Moon
This silent found-footage film cuts together eventless moments from a trove of vintage 16mm films discovered at a salvage house with new intertitles to create an elusive anti-narrative of absence, self loss, desire, and hidden threats. The film shifts the original films’ focus on the external, the visible, and the spectacular. It explores, instead, the internal psychological experience of the women, whom it reimagines as heroines, the unrepresentable, and the possibility of imagining female subjectivity in a medium whose formal conventions have been defined by heterosexual male desire. ╩9:50/2016/US

These are not my things
Jaz Papadopoulos; featuring Lucrezia Cossima
"These Are Not Our Things" explores the creative and playful ways that one can access eroticism. It especially highlights the potential to find delight and intimacy through the mundane: by re-writing otherwise uninteresting, everyday objects as opportunities for pleasure and surprise, we can re-evaluate our relationship to the erotic, to intimacy, and to sex and sexuality, and we can detach from dominant narratives around ‘what is erotic’ and ‘what is sex.’ ‘These Are Not Our Things’ depicts and encourages curiosity towards accessing desire in unusual locations, which the filmmaker views as one possible avenue towards queering the erotic.1:30/2017/US

Maria Breaux
The ups and downs of your occupation doesn’t make a difference when you’re desperately in love and planning a baby! A young couple used to living dangerously struggles to earn enough to finance the perfect home birth. 7:55/2015/US

10:15 PM Errant Vaccum Show

Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum
Director/ Writer/Producer: Madsen Minax
Producer: Paul W. Kruse; Featuring Eve Minax

'Kairos Dirt' follows the strange happenings of a pansexual middle school lunch lady and her multiple lovers, her religious co-worker, a genderqueer student, and a "jack of all trades" astrologer/phone sex operator/psychic medium. Through a series of collective dreams a trans-worldly being invades the characters' dream spaces, revealing an alternate realm of wanton, subconscious desires. Television monitors, radio frequencies, orifices and dreams all become portals to access this mysterious carnal dimension.   1:29:44/2017/San Francisco