Thursday, April 2, 2009

Feminist Porn Awards

I received this press release from Good for Her today:

Good For Her Presents:
The Fourth Annual Feminist Porn Awards & Feisty Feminist Porn on the Big Screen

Toronto, ON - March 31, 2009. Good For Her announces the line-up and venues for the much-anticipated Fourth Annual Feminist Porn Awards.

The Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards are back! For the fourth year in a row, Good For Her (www.goodforher.com), Toronto’s premiere female-oriented sex shop and workshop centre, is bringing together a group of incredible filmmakers who are expanding how everyone, no matter what their gender, is being represented in adult films.

2009 brings a big year of changes for the Feminist Porn Awards. After 3 years of sell-out shows at the Gladstone Hotel, The Feminist Porn Awards are expanding our celebration to the larger-capacity Berkeley Church (315 Queen Street East), on Friday, April 24th. “The hope is to bring more people in to witness how hot, fun and sexy feminist porn can be” says Feminist Porn Award organizer and Good For Her manager Alison Lee. She adds, “this is a weekend for everyone to celebrate those who are revolutionizing erotic media”.

The 2009 Feminist Porn Awards will showcase clips from winning films and earnest acceptance speeches, as well as featuring local Toronto dynamos to keep the masses entertained. Hosted by Proud FM DJ (and host of the First Annual Feminist Porn Awards) Deb “Dirk” Pearce will bring her trademark quick wit and good looks to the whole evening.

Taiko drumming collective Raging Asian Women (RAW) start the night off with some powerful sexy beats that will grab you by the hips and leave you breathless. Renowned burlesque queen CoCo La Crème (Skin Tight Outta Sight) will heat things up further, while the anarchic dance troupe Daddy K and the Rhythm Method close the show with an ode to porn like you’ve never seen before.

DJ Nik Red will be there to keep the party going afterwards with some smooth, sexy tracks to keep you dancing the night away. Attendees can also expect a veritable mountain of sexy raffle prizes and a silent auction of top notch sex toys, dvds and more.

The money raised from this will go to the Sexual Health, Education and Pleasure Project, aimed at giving youth and marginalized communities access to pleasure-based (as opposed to abstinence-based) sex education.

For the second year in a row, The Feminist Porn Awards will also include Feisty Feminist Porn on the Big Screen, a sampling of sexy feminist films, but this year, we’ve moved to the Royal Theatre (608 College Street) on Saturday, April 25th. In addition to steamy cinema, viewers will also be treated to a panel discussion and Q & A with filmmakers Madison Young, Courtney Trouble, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Mimi Balfour and Joanne Loton and moderated by Lorraine Hewitt, aka CoCo La Crème.

And for the first time ever, The Feminist Porn Awards will be selling VIP tickets with access to a pre-party at the awards ceremony, and priority seating for both the awards and the screening. VIP ticket holders will also leave with a VIP gift bag worth over $200, full of toys and treats from HotMoviesForHer.com, Tantus, Lelo, Lust Cosmetics, Fun Factory, Blowfish Video, Sweetheart Video, O’My, Good For Her and more.

Knowing just how much the Feminist Porn Awards inspire everyone, we’ve also made a space to teach would-be pornographers how it’s done. Writer, director and performer Madison Young facilitates a DIY Porn Workshop on Saturday, April 25th from 1-3 pm at Good For Her (175 Harbord Street). Madison offers tricks of the trade from financing and distribution to how to capture your fantasies on film. This workshop is sure to get people fired up to show their own offerings at the 2010 awards!

Tickets for all events go on sale Monday, March 30th at Good For Her (175 Harbord Street), online at www.goodforher.com , and at Northbound Leather (586 Yonge Street).
The full nominee list for the 2009 Feminist Porn Awards can be found at http://goodforher.com/2009_nominees

The Fourth Annual Feminist Porn Awards
Friday, April 24th
Berkeley Church (315 Queen Street East)
Doors 9 pm
Hosted by Deb “Dirk” Pearce
Featuring
Raging Asian Women
Coco la Crème
Daddy K and the Rhythm Method
DJ Nik Red
Sexy Raffle and Silent Auction!
Wheelchair accessible, ASL interpretation provided
19+ only.

DIY Porn Workshop with Madison Young
Saturday April 25 (1-3pm)
$35 (pre-register at www.goodforher.com or call 416-588-0900)
Make your own porn! Learn how to tap into your own sexual fantasies, the basics of writing a script, casting, financing your porn, and how to get your movies to the intended audience (even if that’s just you and your partner). All genders welcome. With writer, director and performer Madison Young.

Feisty Feminist Porn on the Big Screen:
A Screening of Nominated Films from the Feminist Porn Awards
Saturday, April 25th
Royal Theatre (608 College Street)
9:30pm
includes a panel discussion and Q&A with prominent filmmakers including Madison Young, Courtney Trouble, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Mimi Balfour and Joanne Loton, moderated by CoCo La Crème aka Lorraine Hewitt. Sorry, no wheelchair accessible washroom
18+ only

Tickets:
Awards: $18 advance/ $22 door
Feisty Feminist Porn on the Big Screen: $12 advance/door
First 75 tickets to both events: $25
VIP tickets for both events $75

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