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10 days sex worker art, parties, movies and politics! Join us for this whores-eye-view at the 10th Biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival May 19th to 28th at the Center for Sex & Culture, Roxie Theater, Oakland's Historic Geoffrey's Inner Circle, Artists' Television Access, The Stud and beyond. sexworkerfest.com

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Join us for 10 days sex worker art, parties, movies and politics at the 10th Biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival May 19th to 28th at the Center for Sex & Culture, the Roxie Theater, Oakland's Historic Geoffrey's Inner Circle, Artists' Television Access in San Francisco, The New Parkway in Oakland, and beyond. Since 1999 the Festival has provided a forum for sex worker film and video makers, since expanding to become a vibrant venue for performances, workshops, visual arts, political organizing and more, in many Bay Area venues. sexworkerfest.com.

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The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival provides a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker performers, artists, activists and video makers from San Francisco and around the world. The Sex Worker Fest focuses on the lives, art, and the struggle for workers' and human rights by people engaged in sex work. The Festival strives to maintain a forum for diverse voices, including youth, sex workers of color, migrant sex workers; sex workers' rights organizations around the world, queer and trans sex workers, sex worker artists, and sex workers both within and outside the borders of the United States.

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The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival provides a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker performers, artists, activists and video makers from San Francisco and around the world. The Sex Worker Fest focuses on the lives, art, and the struggle for workers' and human rights by people engaged in sex work. The Festival strives to maintain a forum for diverse voices, including youth, sex workers of color, migrant sex workers; sex workers' rights organizations around the world, queer and trans sex workers, sex worker artists, and sex workers both within and outside the borders of the United States. All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Performances by Cinnamon Maxxine, Jet Noir, The Incredible Edible Akynos, Max Madame and more. Events include: Gina Gold’s TMI: Sex Worker Confidential storytelling; SWAG (Sex Workers Advocacy Group) a project for LGBTQQ youth, presents 'Centering Black and Brown Trans Femme Sex Workers'; “Money Magic, Sex Worker Safety and Self-Care: St. James Speaker's Bureau Sex Worker Symposium”; a panel on Sex Workers and Mental Health at the SF Women's Building, Lady Monster's burlesque performance and film event, The Cans; “Fashion Whore: An Anti-Capitalist Fashion Show + Dance Party” at the Stud; and a workshop series for sex workers culminating in a public performance, ‘Strippin Down to Story’ offering an historical glimpse into gender and racial, economic and social politics by Jovelyn Richards aka Sangria Red at the Center for Sex and Culture.

Movies play throughout the week at various venues including ‘Magic in Queer Shorts,’ a benefit for Whores Bath at The New Parkway, ‘Sex Workers and The Prison Industrial Complex’ at San Francisco City Hall, a Sex Worker Movie Marathon at the Roxie Theater, a screening at Artists Television Access, all culminating in Whores Bath, a magical healing event for sex workers.

Visit our schedule and our website for all the details www.sexworkerfest.com/text_events.html

Festival Director: Erica Elena
Festival Curator: Laure McElroy
Festival Producers: Carol Leigh, Erica Elena, Laure McElroy, Kalash Ka
Assistant Producer: Miki Mosman

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Sex Worker Festival Producers and Mission

Through the diversity of sex worker communities, the Sex Worker Festival has developed an intersectional mission prioritizing voices of those of us who are politically underrepresented such as trans folk, workers of color, street-based workers, and workers who transcend the racist, sexist, heterosexist, white-supremacist norms and standards of mainstream beauty. We highlight the artistic endeavors of workers in all aspects of the sex industry because whore culture is real, present and on a corner, in a bar, in a hotel or in a bedroom community near YOU.

Social Media Fundraising Campaign
In order to raise funds, the festival looks toward our own San Francisco based sex positive crowd funding platform, Tilt. Funds from our campaign go to provide stipends for artists, and scholarships for attendees. Visit our campaign at Tilt! http://tilt.com/campaigns/support-sex-worker-cultural-events-sexworkerfest

 

10th Biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival


Contact:
Carol Leigh | swfest@bayswan.org | 415-857-5425 | sexworkerfest.com
Dates: May 19-28
Title: 10th Biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
Time: Varies, full schedule www.sexworkerfest.com/text_events.html
Web Page: SexWorkerFest.com
Image Links: www.sexworkerfest.com/presskit/webpics-logos.html / www.sexworkerfest.com/presskit/allphotos.html
Venues: Multiple venues including the Roxie Theater, Center for Sex and Culture, The New Parkway, The Stud, Artists Television Access, East Bay 'Whores Bath' retreat.
Tickets: Festival passes from $80 to $150 and Individual show tickets  at the door and in May at loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com

Summary: 10 days of sex worker art, parties, movies and politics! Join us for this whores-eye-view at the 10th Biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival at locations throughout the Bay Area.

General Description: The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival provides a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker performers, artists, activists and video makers from San Francisco and around the world. The Sex Worker Fest focuses on the lives, art, and the struggle for workers' and human rights by people engaged in sex work. The Festival strives to maintain a forum for diverse voices, including youth, sex workers of color, migrant sex workers; sex workers' rights organizations around the world, queer and trans sex workers, sex worker artists, and sex workers both within and outside the borders of the United States. All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Events: Performances by Cinnamon Maxxine, Jet Noir, The Incredible Edible Akynos, Max Madame and more. Events include: Gina Gold's TMI: Sex Worker Confidential storytelling; SWAG (Sex Workers Advocacy Group) a project for LGBTQQ youth, presents 'Centering Black and Brown Trans Femme Sex Workers'; "Money Magic, Sex Worker Safety and Self-Care: St. James Speaker's Bureau Sex Worker Symposium"; a panel on Sex Workers and Mental Health at the SF Women's Building, Lady Monster's burlesque performance and film event, The Cans; "Fashion Whore: An Anti-Capitalist Fashion Show + Dance Party" at the Stud; and a workshop series for sex workers culminating in a public performance, 'Strippin Down to Story' offering an historical glimpse into gender and racial, economic and social politics by Jovelyn Richards aka Sangria Red at the Center for Sex and Culture.

Movies play throughout the week at various venues including 'Magic in Queer Shorts,' a benefit for Whores Bath at The New Parkway, 'Sex Workers and The Prison Industrial Complex' at San Francisco City Hall, a Sex Worker Movie Marathon at the Roxie Theater, a screening at Artists Television Access, all culminating in Whores Bath, a magical healing event for sex workers.

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Gina Gold's Sex Worker Confidential

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 8-10pm
Title: Gina Gold's Sex Worker Confidential: "Grab Your Pussy and Run and Other Stories of Survival and Community"
Co-Production: In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival (sexworkerfest.com)
Web Page: sexworkerfest.com/events/tmi.html
Venue: The Historic Geoffrey's Inner Circle, 410 14th St, Oakland, CA
Tickets: $10-40 (includes both May 19 shows) Sliding Scale / NOTAFLOF
Tickets available at the door and online in May: loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Sex Worker Festival Pass: $80- 150 at loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Publication Contact: Carol Leigh | swfest@bayswan.org | 415-857-5425 | sexworkerfest.com
Image Links: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8pmqbe24dixb7rb/AADiSylWjZwC-BSBPo_oyNtda?dl=0

Description: The Festival opens with this topical edition of Gina Gold’s storytelling series.  Join us for this provocative theme as sex workers educate and seduce you. Learn our skills and tricks as we survive and build community with others who are also targets in these harrowing times. Then stick around for a whole night of fun, humor and further destruction of stereotypes at this Sex Worker Festival opening event, with full bar plus $10 extra for Geoffrey's Inner Circle Buffet (the best soul food buffet in the bay (greens, fish, chicken, Louisiana 'tata salad, the works!) followed by a provocative Late Show with Cinnamon Maxxine and much more.

 

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Cinnamon Maxxine, Fierce Solid Gold Warrior Diva

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 10:15pm
Title: Cinnamon Maxxine, Fierce Solid Gold Warrior Diva
Co-Production: In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival (sexworkerfest.com)
Web Page: sexworkerfest.com/events/cinnamon.html
Venue: The Historic Geoffrey's Inner Circle, 410 14th St, Oakland, CA
Tickets: $10-40 (includes both May 19 shows) Sliding Scale / NOTAFLOF
Tickets available at the door and online in May: loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Sex Worker Festival Pass: $80- 150 at loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Publication Contact: Carol Leigh | swfest@bayswan.org | 415-857-5425 | sexworkerfest.com
Image Links: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sjaxw0z06eowiyh/AAATD-oKC02eLURI7gR2mR3ja?dl=0

Summary: The Sex Worker Festival’s opening night presents artist, activist and star Cinnamon Maxxine, presenting work that spans genres of burlesque and performance art. Heady and sexy, angry and juicy, bold and intimate, Cinnamon, a self-identified “naked brown, fat, curvy, queer, big booty, space perv, fierce solid gold warrior diva” explores expectations and challenges boundaries of politics of gender, size, art and race. Join us for this Sex Worker Festival opening night with full bar, Geoffrey's Inner Circle Soul Food Buffet and much more. Come early for Gina Gold’s "Sex Worker Confidential" story telling at 8pm(entry covers both shows).

Description: "I’m tired of the fact that pale skin, blond hair, and straight bodies (as in size), are seen as the most desirable and therefore worth more and than mine. It’s bullshit," says Cinnamon.

Maxxine's performances are always a surprise and always offer a new insights in the intersection of aesthetics – heady and sexy, angry and juicy, bold and intimate, this evening's improvisational work  explores expectations and boundaries.

Cinnamon describes herself as a "naked brown, fat, curvy, queer, big booty, space perv, fierce solid gold warrior diva." Her unabashed courage is one of the backbones of our community. Queer porn fans know her as a super hot diva, an outstanding favorite who you can always count for super intense, hot scenes. Political whores look to her for guidance. Her performance is a meld of raw eroticism, burlesque and performance art.

A dedicated artist Maxine scales the terrai of taboo topics and representations: "Even still in the queer porn, queer sex worker, and queer adult work communities where everyone wants to talk about inclusion. fat people and black people are still less included than white people thin people. They’re less popular. "

Read more  in an interview by Chris Hall "Q&A With Cinnamon Maxxine: A Fat Black Sex Worker Speaks Out the-orbit.net/literateperversions/cinnamon-maxxine

Cinnamon will also be part of Wednesday May 24, evening panel on Sex Worker and Mental Health at the Women's Building, hosted by Laure McElroy.


 

Fashion Whore: Anti-Capitalist Fashion Show and Dance Party

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 8pm-3am
Title: Fashion Whore: Anti-Capitalist Fashion Show and Dance Party
Co-Production: In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival (sexworkerfest.com)
Web Page: sexworkerfest.com/events/fashion.html
Venue: The Stud, 399 9th Street, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: At Door, Sliding scale $10-$100 / NOTAFLOF/ Free before 8pm
Tickets available at the door and online in May: loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Sex Worker Festival Pass: $80- 150 at loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Publication Contact: Carol Leigh | swfest@bayswan.org | 415-857-5425 | sexworkerfest.com
Image Links: www.sexworkerfest.com/presskit/allphotos.html

Summary: Looks Designed and Modeled by St. James community members and supporters. COME SEE and EXPERIENCE the new looks being born of the relationship between what we wear and how we fight for and support each other, how we resist capitalist destruction of our bodies and spirit, how we choose to create art, create ourselves and build and nurture friendships and community through these actions.

A benefit for the St. James Infirmary, a clinic for current and former sex workers.

Description: COME SEE and EXPERIENCE the new looks being born of the relationship between what we wear and how we fight for and support each other, how we resist capitalist destruction of our bodies and spirit, how we choose to create art, create ourselves and build and nurture friendships and community through these actions.

Looks Designed and Modeled by St. James community members and supporters. A benefit for the St. James Infirmary, a clinic for current and former sex workers.HOsted by HONEY MAHOGANY; DJs JASMINE INFINITI & DURT; Fashion SHOW / Performances: ST JAMES DZine, *HOUSE OF HOE, SPICE QUEERS, BONANZA, RHANIMALZ, XARA THUSTRA, SARAH GRIERSON-DALE, BRONTEZ PURNELL, COVEN COUTURE, and MORE!!!!

RAFFLE PRIZES from: MISSION THRIFT, GOOD VIBES, THE STUD, RED HOTS BURLESQUE, LEVIS, WORKING GIRL; facial from SWEET ASYLUM, HATS from GOORIN BROS, GOODIES from RED BONE- Miss Exotic World nominee! 1 Hour Private (Value $75), A Tube of Glam Jam (Value of $15), 4 Tickets to Nudie Nubie's SF (Value of $40), TIDY SHOPPE gift certificate plus crystals and good energy package, MAGIC CARPET yoga mats gift certificate AND MORE!!!

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Magic in Queer Shorts: A Whores Bath Benefit

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 3-5pm
Title: Magic in Queer Shorts: A Whores Bath Benefit
Co-Production: In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival (sexworkerfest.com)
Web Page: sexworkerfest.com/film_parkway.html
Venue: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakland, CA
Tickets: At Door, Sliding scale $10 and up / NOTAFLOF
Tickets available at the door and online in May: loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Sex Worker Festival Pass: $80- 150 at loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Publication Contact: Carol Leigh | swfest@bayswan.org | 415-857-5425 | sexworkerfest.com
Image Links: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3cyr7r722ll90zd/AAD8_CvDfS8c_qrNqHHDKjMna?dl=0

Summary: Prepare to be moved, informed and inspired by the fiercely devastating femmes, queens, queers, trans, cis, youth, elders, and more from far reaches of the world and right here at home, sharing their intimate lives and bright magic with us on the big screen. Magic in Queer Shorts is a varied collection of personal, intersectional and controversial portraits of the divergent experiences of being a sex working queer in a marginalized world. Movies include: Love Me Want Me Rent Me: The Politics of Sex, Lucid Noon, Sunset Blush, Be My First and more. 

The proceeds of this viewing will go to Whores' Bath.

Be My First
Philippe McKie
In this well produced narrative a young Japanese girl riding the train posts a message from her phone to an online thread: "I'm a high-school student and I'm a virgin, does anyone want to pay to be my first? It has to be tonight." Based on real events taking place in Tokyo, this film is an erotic drama inspired by the 'pink cinema' of Japan. It is also an exploration of sex work and fetishization in contemporary Japanese society.
10:53 / 2017 / Japan


The Day I Grew Up
Director/Writer: Scott Boswell
Producer: Cheryl Simas Valenzuela
Scott Boswell is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and professor of filmmaking who has completed numerous shorts and an award-winning feature film. In this coming-of-age short, undocumented teen Adrian takes matters into his own hands when his predatory uncle resurfaces after a decade of absence. Fearing for the safety of his vulnerable young brother, Adrian sneaks away with him to the city where the two boys attempt to make it on their own.
21:23 / 2015 / San Francisco

The Wonderful Affair
Tahir Ün
Harika is a child of Kurdish refugees, whose family fled from Siirt to Manisa at the end of 1980’s. He is a self-described transsexual, female in spirit if not in body, since early childhood. He has lived in Izmir since 2000 and makes a living by prostutition. This short work is a multiple media project realised by Harika (whose name literally translates as “wonderful”). He poses for director Tahir Ün’s camera with all his self-confidence, sweeping even the most difficult audiences from narrow-minded homophobia to a nonjudgemental admiration of his courage and grace.
5:00 / 2016 / Turkey

Mandy
Sherisse Mohamme
A compelling conversation with Canada’s “first known” transgendered stand up comic. Shot in Toronto in 2015, in a corner of her now legendary diner, Toronto business owner, performer, sex worker and trans-activist Mandy Goodhandy (a.k.a. Amanda Taylor) tells the story of her internal struggle and intriguing transformation in this uncensored, intimate and revealing portrait. This tour de force presents negotiating, consent and agency - even self actualization - in sex work. As a visible minority female filmmaker with a background in sociology, and a poly-cultural, inter-faith perspective, Mohamme's work endeavors to document, spotlight and amplify underrepresented, unjustly underexplored communities and misunderstood, socially relevant, courageous characters.
13:53 / 2016 / Canada

Love Me Want Me Rent Me: The Politics of Sex Pt 2
Jake Jaxson
Created after the Rentboy.com raid, this is an important and profound profile of a New York escort. "I share this today because I, like many, was shocked and confused by this week’s raid and take down of RentBoy.com by the federal government via the Department of Homeland Security. They arrested, from their homes, its CEO and seven of their current and past employees - many of whom are friends of mine. I know them as hardworking and tireless advocates for sex positive education. I was angered and dismayed when prosecutors described them as conspirators of an 'international criminal organization.'"
5:58 / 2015 / New York

Lucid Noon, Sunset Blush
Alli Lowe
"17-year-old bb gay Micha has just moved into The Palace - a basement full of queer femme sex workers, lovers and misfits. They are beautiful, carefree and as young as the night."
"Lucid Moon Sunset Blush takes place in the thick of Texas, focusing on the effects of small towns on queers and the shifts that take place when they move to larger cities. Houses, collectives, squats, punkish houses and informal structures become spaces of growth and care that our families, towns, and schools couldn’t extend to us."
- Genesis Martinez-Crespo / The Spark Mag
32:12 / 2015 / Texas

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Sex Worker Movies at ATA: Gifts of Love and Freedom

For Immediate Release May 2, 2017

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Title: Sex Workers Movies at ATA
Co-Production: In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival (sexworkerfest.com)
Web Page: sexworkerfest.com/film_tvaccess.html
Venue: Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: At Door, Sliding scale $7 and up / NOTAFLOF
Tickets available at the door and online in May: loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Sex Worker Festival Pass: $80- 150 at loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Festival Sponsored by: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Rainbow Grocery, Good Vibrations, Media-Alliance, East Bay Express, BAYSWAN.org, ISWFACE.org, DesireeAlliance.org, Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOP-USA)
Publication Contact: Carol Leigh | swfest@bayswan.org | 415-857-5425 | sexworkerfest.com
Image Links:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n37o0c3ftdhdc3y/AADlldtPtMHXAUdW5w8HMAtSa?dl=0

Summary: For the sex workers portrayed in all three of these selections of films that are beautiful and brutal by turns, something is always gained, an intangible thing that lasts longer than the material gain we workers seek. Gifts of bitter memory, sweet gifts of vengeance, gifts of devotion after death and gifts of self, regained. Highlights include local filmmaker Matt Reaves, Devil In Plain Site which deconstructs both the crime drama genre and the whore stereotypes; Blossom in Midnight in which the protagonist finds an unlikely salvation; and EKAJ, a must-see, 'best of the fest' drama which uniquely respects folks who survive in the underground, those who are most often vilified.

Simpleton
Aaron Lehmann
This short is from Southampton, New York. Southampton is a playground for the rich, where people like Calvin Klein own vacation houses. This is the story of a local sex worker and how a mentally challenged boy brings her the gift of a found object, a gift which leads her to remember confront an abuser from her past.

Devil in Plain Sight
Matt Reaves
This piece of short fiction, created by a local artist, plays with time and with assumptions and stereotypes (some of which lead to real life oppressive laws!) about the nature of relationships between sex workers and the people in their lives.
17:30 / 2017 / US

Leaving Charlie
Amanda Brooke Avery
This short explores how personal the decision to stop doing sex work is, how nuanced and complicated. There is hardly any discussion on the part of the main character but it is clear they are at a crossroads, not because of any social or moral or even economic pressures, but because the work starts to take too much... so a boundary has to be drawn.
16:00 / 2016 / US

Blossom In Midnight
Jing BAI
A woman in struggle’s fate can sometimes lead to magic. Satsuki migrates from her rural home, leaving behind an aged mother and an ailing daughter to seek work in the cruel city of Beijing. Homeless, jobless and on the brink of despair, Satsuki finds an unlikely salvation which leads to a renewed sense of hope and self.
19:15 / 2015 / China

EKAJ
Cati and Mike Gonzalez
A love story between two drifters, a naive teenager and a hustler. The film captures a runaway journey to New York City. Ekaj meets Mecca who takes him under his care. Mecca has AIDS and multiple problems of his own. He is high all day but still manages to be the only voice of reason in Ekaj’s hopeless world. Their relationship develops into true friendship and love as they lean on each other for survival.
1:20 / 2015 / US

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SWAG: Centering Black and Brown Trans Femme Sex Workers
at the SFBay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Title: SWAG: Centering Black and Brown Trans Femme Sex Workers
In conjunction with the San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
Webpage: http://sexworkerfest.com/events/swag.html
Venue: Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone-email for publication: sexworkerfest@gmail.com, 415 857 5425
Tickets: Sliding scale $5 - $20 / NOTAFLOF- No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds;
Festival Passes loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Sponsored by: SWAG, Sex Workers Advocacy Group and Lyric
Media contact: Carol Leigh, 415-751-1659, swfest@bayswan.org
Drawing by SWAG participant for publication: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wste44x3fmwy3qw/AACO6Bh9YT8Zf12GrvFJWPyVa?dl=0
Summary:
SWAG (Sex Workers Advocacy group) is a a project of LYRIC, Center for LGBTQQ Youth. SWAG presents an evening of movies, panel, talk and food.


Systematic Sugar Snatchers by Octapussy Ablolondee
y'all probably know my subconscious better then me if you really feel the peace. our communities are invested in the cage. the logic that black people, trans folks, sex workers, are disposable. but despite this some of us are divinifemme Galactic angel homies.We are able to heal ourselves from the emotional vampires, demondjohns, parasitic pigs, constant colonizers. Supporting each others' healing by dishing tea, the magic and mayhem
of sugaring. Sometimes unbothered in the monstrous face of state sponsored violence. With their red flamboyant shield and her conjuring acrylic claws they combat the cage!
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Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 1 PM
Title: No Human Involved: Sex Workers and the Prison Industrial Complex
Co-producers/presenters: In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
Webpage: http://sexworkerfest.com/events/pic.html
Venue: San Francisco City, Room 305m, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA
Description: 10th Biennial San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival, presents No Human Involved: Sex Workers and the Prison Industrial Complex, a film screening and discussion featuring PJ Starr's "No Human Involved," about the death of Marcia Powell while she was in the custody of the Arizona prison system for a prostitution arrest. Additional videos include a Vancouver Police Department Guidelines short advocating respect for and protection of sex workers, an animation about abuse of sex workers in Toronto and J's story, a portrait of a sex worker and activist fighting for her rights in New Jersey.
Tickets: Donations accepted; https://nohumaninvolved.eventbrite.com; Festival Pass: $80- 150
Image links: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/diccwoqsl4ltqoc/AAAsml8us8Zol3oZkZ0LYpe0a?dl=0
Contact For publication and media: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-857-5425
Contact for media: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-751-1659


10th Biennial San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival, presents No Human Involved: Sex Workers and the Prison Industrial Complex, a film screening and discussion featuring PJ Starr's "No Human Involved," about the death of Marcia Powell while she was in the custody of the Arizona prison system for a prostitution arrest. Additional videos include a Vancouver Police Department Guidelines short advocating respect for and protection of sex workers, an animation about abuse of sex workers in Toronto and J's story, a portrait of a sex worker and activist fighting for her rights in New Jersey.


"Sex workers are among many whom are vulnerable and targeted by the discriminatory correctional industrial complex in the USA and beyond. This context sets the stage for 'accidents waiting to happen,' such as the death of Marcia Powell while in custody in Arizona. Sex workers have long been targets of the such abuse, along with immigrants, people of color, queers, transgender people and others. As San Francisco steps up as a Sanctuary City, artists from our communities step up to remind us all about the history and consequences of systematic oppressions within the criminal justice system. Speakers include Kristina Dolgin (Red Light Legal), Lania Watkins (California Prostitutes Education Project) and others TBA. The screening of the movie "No Human Involved," is sponsored by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.


Films:
No Human Involved by PJ Starr
In 2009 after she was sentenced to more than two years of imprisonment for solicitation of prostitution, Marcia Powell was locked in a metal cage in the sun at an Arizona prison. Hours later she collapsed in the over 107 degree heat and by day's end she was dead. Even though an internal investigation carried out by the Arizona Department of Corrections revealed that prison guards had denied her water and ridiculed her when she pleaded for help, no one was held accountable. 01:12:00 / 2016 / US
Community Voices: J's Voice by Derek J. Demeri with assistance of PJ Starr
Human rights activist & New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance (NJRUA) co-founder Derek Demeri works with former sex worker and community activist 'J' to highlight human rights violations she suffered in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Candid, down to earth, and powerfully crafted, the narrative of J's Voice highlights her 'matter of fact' courage at the basis of her struggle.
4:40 / 2014 / US


Vancouver Police Department Sex Work Enforcement Guidelines
The guidelines presented in this video are reflective of the Vancouver Police Department and recommended by the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry with the goal of protecting sex workers... or, as the Chief Constable of the Vancouver police Department explains “We hope you will join us in creating a new relationship between sex workers, the community and the police.”
Click here for a .pdf document of the Guidelines
5:09 / 2013 / Vancouver


Prowling by Night by Gwendolyn
Prowling by Night, about challenges on the streets for sex workers at the onset of the AIDS crisis. Prowling was a landmark work in the sex worker rights movement. Made with the participation of 21 sex workers, Made for the National Film Board of Canada, this groundbreaking work is based on candid testimonies of actual sex workers. 12:25 / 1990 / Toronto
Gwendolyn is an artist, director a, performer, filmmaker and activist . She was known simply as Gwendolyn. Her prolific work on behalf of sex workers in Toronto began in 1977 with the founding of BEAVER (Better End All Vicious Erotic Repression). She was a key player in the early advocacy group Canadian Organization for the Rights of Prostitutes (CORP) and a founding member of Maggie’s (Toronto Prostitutes’ Community Service Project, 1986) and SWAT (Sex Workers’ Alliance of Toronto, 1992.


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Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Title: Sex Workers and Mental Health, In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
Webpage: http://sexworkerfest.com/events/mentalhealth.html
Venue: The Women's Building, 3543 18th St, Audre Lorde Room, San Francisco, CA 94110
Description: Sex Workers are diverse in our identities, choices and challenges. We deal with multiple intersecting oppressions and we face shared and individual stigma. We invite sex workers and supporters to join us to for a panel on "Sex Workers and Mental Health."
Tickets: https://sexworkers.eventbrite.com; Donations accepted ; Free pass to this show at eventbrite. Festival Pass: $80- 150 https://sexworkers.eventbrite.com NOTAFLOF
Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yuruq2m61i221hq/AAAwwQkGRlab5r4Yz7SQIO2ma?dl=0
Contact For publication: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-857-5425
Contact for media: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-751-1659
Summary: Sex Workers are diverse in our identities, choices and challenges. We deal with multiple intersecting oppressions and we face shared and individual stigma. We invite sex workers and supporters to join us for a panel on "Sex Workers and Mental Health."
Speakers include: Delphine Brody, Kimberlee Kline, Laura LeMoon and Cinnamon Maxxine. Moderated by Laure McElroy
Tickets: https://sexworkers.eventbrite.com; Donations accepted and FREE PASS to this show at eventbrite. Festival Pass: $80- 150 https://sexworkers.eventbrite.com NOTAFLOF
Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yuruq2m61i221hq/AAAwwQkGRlab5r4Yz7SQIO2ma?dl=0
Contact For publication and media: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-857-5425
Description:
Sex Workers are diverse in our identities, choices and challenges. We deal with multiple intersecting oppressions and we face shared and individual stigma.
“This job makes me crazy”? Or “i gotta be crazy to do this job”? Unlike other jobs the stigmatization of sex work can add a pervasive emotional pressure to work that is already unsupported at best and at worst outlawed in US society.
Attend to hear sex workers, learn our challenges and strategies, and contribute your support as an ally.
Speakers include: Delphine Brody, Kimberlee Kline, Laura LeMoon and Cinnamon Maxxine. Moderated by Laure McElroy


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Event/Lecture Immed Release 5-10-2017 Whore School: Whoring For Dummies by The Incredible Edible Akynos
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 3PM
Title: Whore School: Whoring For Dummies by The Incredible Edible Akynos
Co-producers/presenters: In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
Webpage: http://sexworkerfest.com/events/akynos.html
Venue: Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission, San Francisco,CA
Summary: This presentation by The Incredible Edible Akynos, is not just for those who seek guidance in the business of selling sex. It’s for those beginning the business of sex, those in it who need a refresher on their basics and for the layman who fails to see that everything in life is selling sex, until it isn’t.
Tickets: https://whoreschool.eventbrite.com $5-$50 Sliding Scale/NOTAFLOF/ Festival Pass: $80- 150 loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com
Image links: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/40ywzecko59kpr2/AAAXEE9tTL0Dz9QJFFruu3oha?dl=0 and http://www.sexworkerfest.com/swfest2015/images2015/akynos_photos.html
Contact For publication and media: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-857-5425
Contact for media: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-751-1659


Description:
Whore School: Whoring For Dummies by The Incredible Edible Akynos
This presentation is “an act of resistance against the patriarchy. Whore School is not just for those who seek guidance in the business of selling sex. Whore School is for any person who seeks to understand the basics of relationships, the importance of money, and how to remain in control when exchanging energy in our personal or professional relationships. It’s for those beginning the business of sex, those in it who need a refresher on their basics and for the layman who fails to see that everything in life is selling sex, until it isn’t. Mainly it’s for the whores who want to keep whoring.” Join us for this lecture and dialogue.Akynos writes: A leadership and program developer/organizer I am also a member of several different sex worker ran/lead organizations where I've lobbied in New York State against Condoms As Evidence and helped make recommendations on human rights policies at The UN. Being a ho should be every person's fundamental right. And sex work is work. Don't debate me on that. I'll tear you down. I'm a MILF supreme, nappy hair having, 45” of ass, performance artist. You can find me taking it off in burlesque showcases across the globe but primarily on NYC stages. I've featured/headlined in showcases both locally and internationally. In 2009 I was the winner of the best soloist and judge's choice award at the Boston Burlesque Expo. In the same year I was runner up for the Miss International Showgirl competition in Jamaica.

 

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Date: Thursday, 5-25-2017
Time: 7:30 PM (doors open 7)
Title: Lady Monster presents The Cans - Sex Workers and Burlesque
Co-presenter: In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
Webpage: https://www.facebook.com/thecanssf/
Venue: Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission, San Francisco,CA
Summary: Lady Monster's ongoing series, The Cans, presents: movies rom sex worker artists presenting unique perspectives on contemporary and historical burlesque, The Cans, explores the contemporary artform of burlesque while honoring the rich history of burlesque art and culture. Hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies, Lady Monster. Performers include The Incredible Edible Akynos, Jet Noir, and Madame Max.
Tickets: http://thecanssf.eventbrite.com; $15.00 General Seating $30.00 VIP
and loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com/; Festival Pass: $80- 150
Image links: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/33rfzyb6vua39y5/AAA0e8BqiMTZnoMqZniYM1v4a?dl=0
Contact For publication and media: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-857-5425
Contact for media: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-751-1659

Description:
In this special event for Sex Worker Fest, The Cans will present movies from sex worker artists presenting unique perspectives on contemporary and historical burlesque.
This event is part of Lady Monster's ongoing series, The Cans, which explores the contemporary artform of burlesque while honoring the rich history of burlesque art and culture. The Cans is a unique event to provide context to burlesque. The Cans gives insight into the performers, lessons in history and survival, and sexy entertainment. Hosted by Mistress of ceremonies, Lady Monster. Performers include The Incredible Edible Akynos, Jet Noir, and Madame Max.
Lady Monster has been producing events since 1993 and performing burlesque since 2005. Her resume is a mile long, working with a variety of artists including Annie Sprinkle and Jello Biafra. In 2010 she was voted by her peers as one of the Top 100 Performers in the World in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Lady Monster teaches a variety of classes and continues to perform burlesque. Taught by the Living Legend of Burlesque, Satan's Angel, the creator of fire tassel twirling.

"The Cans" Film Selections curated by Lady Monster with Laure McElroy
Tipping Point
Director/Writer: Stephanie Young Producer: Jake Ivany
A burlesque show offers an unexpected opportunity for a shy protagonist to connect with a long-time crush, aided by their outgoing boss. 7:10/2016/Canada
Embellishments
Director/Writer: Benjamin RamÆrez PÄrez Writer: Liad Hussein Kantorowicz
Reenactments of cinematic strategies, images and fantasies tied to sex work and stage presence are layered on top of each other in a female drag performance, referencing 1970s cinema, sexwork-activism and pop choreography. 7:50/2017/Germany
Exotic
Amy Oden
Dotted with palm trees and coral reefs, Guam is United States territory where military men and Japanese tourists abound. A seemingly perfect backdrop for a strip club, the island should sound ideal to any girl coming from Portland, Atlanta, or Anchorage to work as an exotic dancer. But is it Exotic takes us into the lives of the dancers on Guam, giving the viewer a front row seat to this fluid and secretive world. Don”t miss this rare documentary, a “Best of the Fest” selection. 1:03:00/2016/US
20th Century Stripper Sinema (Vintage Strippers)
Scarlot Harlot
Scarlot edited a compilation of burlesque clips from various sources including favorite scenes from Gypsy and grindhouse burlesque from the 40s through the 60s from Something Weird Video. (28:00/1995/US)
Stripper Damage
Gina Gold
A woman tells her therapist she has no stripper damage but can not explain the strange things she sees. As seen on “The Gina Gold Show.” https://www.youtube.com/user/theginagoldshow 9:00/2013/Oakland



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Event Release- Performance/Theater- "Strippin Down to Story"
Date: Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 8 PM
Title: Strippin Down to Story, a musical drama
Co-producers/presenters: In Conjunction with San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
Webpage: http://sexworkerfest.com/events/sangriared.html
Venue: Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission, San Francisco, CA
Summary: Performance Artist and Teacher, Jovelyn Richards presents "Strippin Down to Story,” a contemporary glimpse into gender and racial, economic and social politics of the 1930’s.
Tickets: $15-50; https://sangriared.eventbrite.com ; Festival Pass: $80- 150 loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com/
Image links: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/887f3qig0ryy3p4/AACCSu4vIEAAOGYLC38ccXWXa?dl=0
Contact For publication and media: Carol Leigh, swfest@bayswan.org, 415-857-5425; Jovelyn Richards sugars982@gmail.com
Performance Artist/Teacher/Film Director/Coach/Radio Host Jovelyn Richards presents "Strippin Down to Story,” a contemporary glimpse into gender and racial, economic and social politics of the 1930’s.
New York City was a haven and birth place of the Harlem Renaissance and the beginning of what many referred to as the New Negro, where Jazz was not just music but a way of life. Much of the art spoke to the barries and impact of racism and slavery on blacks. But this created a divide among blacks. The elite class of blacks did not want to see only the hardships of the Negro. Patronages of white Americans were mainly interested in so-called "primitive" cultures, which was how many whites viewed black culture.
Enter Dr. Diane Edwards, born and raised in Alabama, not willing to assimilate into the black elite and a unashamed of her love for Jazz. It’s no mystery how a Negro woman in the eye of the double barrel of racism and sexism finds herself stripped of her medical license, and left in streets of Harlem. Dianne Edwards, under the influence of Jazz is transformed into Sangria Red, a strip tease artist, in one of Harlem’s most exquisite clubs.

"Strippin Down to Story" emerges now, countering the invisibility of our stories, of Black Women's stories. It's unfortunately true: Viewpoints and narratives are recorded by those with the loudest voices of power. Fake news is not new. Come to 'the most exclusive club in Harlem' to hear, first hand and uncensored, the provocative voices of ordinary people with extra-ordinary lives muted in the political, social and economical wheels of injustice– Strippin Down to Story.

About the Workshop:

Where do our stories intersect? During the Festival, leading up to the performance, Jovelyn Richards will offer a short series of 3 workshops in which our stories will be interwoven with Diane Edwards’ biography. This workshop will be incorporating and teaching the principles and applications of a unique form of performance, JAZA, created by Richards. Jaza is both improvisational and narrative, rooted in the emotional landscape of jazz and blues– meaning, we explore and perform the emotional lives of people from which the music was created telling stories of Black Love & Intimacy.

Jovelyn Richards’ combination of both theatrical and life experience as a community healer, advocate and personal growth counselor offers a unique learning opportunity for sex workers in our communities.

The workshop is free and open to all current and former sex workers of all identities, colors, genders, and communities. We ask that attendees be available for all three sessions: May 22 (1-5), May 24 (1-5) and May 26 (3 PM to 11 PM including dress, tech and performance) The workshop addresses various aspects of theater and stagecraft. Performance is not required. Sign up in advance for location information. Recommended for both new and experienced writer/performers. Reserve your spot as space is limited. To sign up for the workshop, contact: sugars982@gmail.com and cc sexworkerfest@gmail.com. For more information leave a message at 415 857-5425.

More about Jovelyn Richards:
Jovelyn Richards is an artist, writer, and theater instructor, sharing the principles of her own unique form of performance based on the style of improvisational narrative and musical improvisation. Richards studied Theater of the Oppressed at Berkeley Repertory Theater. A skilled and charismatic performer, critics rave about her mesmerizing performances. She has performed internationally, recently at Central East University in Budapest, Hungary and in Berlin, Germany.
Jovelyn Richards performs regularly, locally, as a solo performance artist, a stand- up comedian and a singer. She has hosted a number of Bay Area radio shows for many years including 'Cover to Cover, Open Book' and worked on the development of 'Women's Magazine' dedicated to bringing global and domestic views and news and history and a many more.
Holding an MA and an MFA, she has been an instructor and lecturer at several local colleges, including the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and California Institute of Integral Studies.
Richards’s recent independent film was nominated and awarded the CAAN Festival 2017 recognition and showcased at the New Parkway in Oakland, CA.
Her recently published novel; Tulips for Evening can be ordered at your favorite local bookstore or on amazon.com Tulips for Evening by Jovelyn D. Richards. Contact: Sugars982@gmail.com

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Date: Saturday May 27,2017
Title: Sex Worker Movie Marathon at the Roxie
In conjunction with: 10th Biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
Web Page: www.sexworkerfest.com/film_roxie.html
Image Links: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a3dv5za1nvdu1g4/AAAuc8c9-mT3v-sR3ZQ5KFmYa?dl=0
Time: Shows at 2, 4, 5:30, 8 and 10:15 PM
Venue: The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco
Tickets: Individual tickets at the door: $10 before 6, $12 after 6, purchase at Roxie website http://www.roxie.com/calendar/; Festival Passes at loveandcondoms.eventbrite.com from $80 to $150
Contact for publication and media: Carol Leigh | swfest@bayswan.org | 415-857-5425 | sexworkerfest.com
Summary: The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival provides a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker performers, artists, activists and video makers from San Francisco and around the world. The Sex Worker Festival focuses on the lives, art, and the struggle for workers and human rights by people engaged in sex work. Join us for this whores-eye-view at the Roxie for the 10th Biennial (since 1999) San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival

Screening schedule -Details at www.sexworkerfest.com/film_roxie.html
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
Movies: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers- Shorts;Project X Bully Boys ;More Harm Than Good; Our Bodies, Our Business ;Violencia in the Media and Red Umbrella Rights
4 PM -The US PROStitutes Collective and In Defense of Prostitute Women’s Safety Project Presents:
Movies to be screened:Les prostituées de Lyon Parlent – The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak
by Carole Roussopoulos; Tales of the Grim Sleeper (excerpts) by Nick Broomfield. Discussion after the screening.
Les prostituées de Lyon Parlent – The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak
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 "Baby You'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.
FILMS:
-Sunflowers of Nicaragua
-Mixed Whore/Puta Mestiza
-A Nation Under Seige- Moskitia, with Live presentation by sex worker activist and Film Maker Ercell Fleurima

8:00 PM Kaleidoscopic Game
This program include more than 20 shorts primarily by sex worker makers, ranging from experimental work to explicit BDSM to short biographical pieces and much more. This collection is the most provocative, and includes time scheduled for audience discussion. See www.sexworkerfest.com/film_roxie.html for details on all work.

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

10:15 PM Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum
Director/ Writer/Producer: Madsen Minax
Producer: Paul W. Kruse; Featuring Eve Minax
Local makers Madsen Minax et al have brought us a unique crowd pleaser. '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


100 word blurbs for all events:

May 19- 28 Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival
10 days of sex worker art, parties, movies and politics at the 10th Biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival May 19th to 28th at the Center for Sex & Culture, the Roxie Theater, Oakland's Historic Geoffrey's Inner Circle, Artists' Television Access in San Francisco, The New Parkway in Oakland, and beyond. Since 1999 the Festival has provided a forum for sex worker film and video makers, since expanding to become a vibrant venue for performances, workshops, visual arts, political organizing and more, in many Bay Area venues. sexworkerfest.com.


May 19 8PM Gina Gold Storytelling Sex Worker Confidential.
Grab Your Pussy and Run and Other Stories of Survival and Community
(or use the other title Sex Worker Confidential depending on space)
Gina Gold's Storytelling series, TMI Sex Worker Confidential. Learn our skills and tricks as we survive and build community with others who are also targets in these harrowing times. Then stick around for a whole night of fun, humor and further destruction of stereotypes at this Sex Worker Festival opening event, with full bar plus $10 extra for Geoffrey's Inner Circle Buffet (the best soul food buffet in the bay).

 

May 19 10:15 PM Cinnamon Maxxine, Fierce Solid Gold Warrior Diva
Cinnamon describes herself as a "naked brown, fat, curvy, queer, big booty, space perv, fierce solid gold warrior diva." Her unabashed courage is one of the backbones of our community. Queer porn fans know her as a super hot diva, an outstanding favorite who you can always count for super intense, hot scenes. Political whores look to her for guidance. Her performance is a meld of raw eroticism, burlesque and performance art. Join us for this Sex Worker Festival opening night with full bar, Geoffrey's Inner Circle Soul Food Buffet and much more. Come early for Gina Gold's "Sex Worker Confidential" story telling at 8 PM (entry covers both shows.


May 21 3 PM Magic in Queer Shorts
Prepare to be moved, informed and inspired by the fiercely devastating femmes, queens, queers, trans, cis, youth, elders, and more from far reaches of the world and right here at home, sharing their intimate lives and bright magic with us on the big screen. Magic in Queer Shorts is a varied collection of personal, intersectional and controversial portraits of the divergent experiences of being a sex working queer in a marginalized world. Movies include: Love Me Want Me Rent Me: The Politics of Sex, Lucid Noon, Sunset Blush, Be My First and more. 

 

May 22 7:30 Sex Worker Movies at ATA: Gifts of Love and Freedom
For the sex workers portrayed in all of these selections of films that are beautiful and brutal by turns, something is always gained, an intangible thing that lasts longer than the material gain we workers seek. Gifts of bitter memory, sweet gifts of vengeance, gifts of devotion after death and gifts of self, regained. Highlights include local filmmaker Matt Reaves, Devil In Plain Site which deconstructs both the crime drama genre and the whore stereotypes; Blossom in Midnight in which the protagonist finds an unlikely salvation; and EKAJ, a must-see, 'best of the fest' drama.

 

May 23 6:30 PM
SWAG presents an evening of movies, talk and food. SWAG (Sex Workers Advocacy Group) is a project of Lyric, Center for LGBTQQ Youth

 

May 24 1 PM Sex Workers + the Prison Industrial Complex
10th Biennial San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival presents No Human Involved: Sex Workers and the Prison Industrial Complex, a film screening and discussion featuring PJ Starr's "No Human Involved," about the death of Marcia Powell while she was in the custody of the Arizona prison system for a prostitution arrest. Additional videos include a Vancouver Police Department Guidelines short advocating respect for and protection of sex workers, an animation about police harassment/abuse of sex workers in Toronto and J's story, a portrait of a sex worker and activist fighting for her rights in New Jersey. Plus Discussion.

 


May 25 3PM Whore School: Whoring For Dummies by The Incredible Edible Akynos

This presentation by The Incredible Edible Akynos, is not just for those who seek guidance in the business of selling sex. It's for those beginning the business of sex, those in it who need a refresher on their basics and for the layman who fails to see that everything in life is selling sex, until it isn't.
May 25 7:30 PM Lady Monster: The Cans "Sex Workers and Burlesque"


Lady Monster's ongoing series, The Cans, presents: movies rom sex worker artists presenting unique perspectives on contemporary and historical burlesque, The Cans, explores the contemporary artform of burlesque while honoring the rich history of burlesque art and culture. Hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies, Lady Monster. Performers include The Incredible Edible Akynos, Jet Noir, and Madame Max.

 


May 26 Strippin Down To Story
Jovelyn Richards presents "Strippin Down to Story," a contemporary glimpse into gender and racial, economic and social politics of the 1930's. New York City was a haven and birth place of the Harlem Renaissance and the beginning of what many referred to as the New Negro, where Jazz was not just music but a way of life. with extra-ordinary lives muted in the political, social and economical wheels of injustice. FREE workshop for sex workers joining the show all week Sign up sugars982@gmail.com


May 27 Roxie
The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival provides a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker performers, artists, activists and video makers from San Francisco and around the world. The Sex Worker Festival focuses on the lives, art, and the struggle for workers and human rights by people engaged in sex work. Join us for this whores-eye-view at the Roxie for the 10th Biennial (since 1999) San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival