Still from “Some Never Awaken”. Credit: Erika Lust
Last month, Clone A Willy had the opportunity to attend the Berlin Film Society’s steamy night of erotic short films by Erika Lust, accompanied by a live performance by Taylor Rose at Sisyphos, a club in an old DDR dog biscuit factory.
Erika Lust screened films from her “XConfessions” project, an ambitious project in which Lust asks her fans and followers to anonymously contribute their erotic stories. She turns two confessions into beautifully-shot and cinematic short films every month. This is significant, as it is the first crowd-sourced erotic film project in the history of the adult film industry.
To give you more background on the filmmaker, Erika Lust defends the importance of the female gaze and the need of having women behind the camera in all key positions. Her philosophy for modern adult cinema is based on four main ideas:
- women’s pleasure matters
- adult cinema can have cinematic values
- we need more body types
- different ages and diverse races and the production process has to be ethical
The screenings were followed by a Q+A, in which audience members both applauded and questioned the motives of Lust and her collaborators. Lust and the Berlin Film Society picked out two confessions from audience members, who then publicly claimed their fantasies and were awarded toys from Other Nature.
We had so much fun with this party and porn screening and hope to see more similar events from Lust and beyond.
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