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An intimate look at the professional and private lives of porn performers Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love.
An intimate look at the professional and private lives of porn performers Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love.
311 backers pledged $33,065 to help bring this project to life.

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You may have noticed, we surpassed our goal! Thank you to all those who have made this possible! We have believed in the importance of making this film for years now, and it is an honor to know there are so many who stand behind the film's vision with us.

We have secured the funds to pay back our expenses, finish a fine cut of the film, and submit to festivals. So why donate now? Well, we are hoping to raise an additional $5-15k towards making the best movie possible and getting it out into the world. An additional $3,000 would allow the filmmakers to travel to the festival premiere, which is essential to promoting the film and securing distribution. A further $5,000-$10,000 would allow us to allot funds for marketing the film and getting it out to new audiences. 

Also, pledging is the ONLY way to get a copy of the film right now. We don't know when/how we will secure distribution, so donating is the best way to ensure you get to see this film as soon as possible.

What is the documentary film Public Sex, Private Lives?

Public Sex, Private Lives is an intimate look at the professional and private lives of porn performers Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love. Capturing both joy and struggle, this film follows the characters as they navigate their lives as artists, daughters, mothers, writers, and women who have made careers in the adult industry. Asked to defend their choices to their families, communities, and even the United States Government, these women reckon with their past decisions and shifting visions for the future.

Unlike previous films on the porn industry,Public Sex, Private Lives neither glamorizes nor condemns the work, but instead reveals the ambitions, dreams, and relationships of the women who do it. Though the backdrop for these women’s stories is the pornographic industry, this film is about much more. It’s about the choices people make to live the lives of their dreams, the way they stand up to a society that tells them they can’t have or shouldn’t want the things they do, and the balancing acts they must play as they negotiate multiple identities that the world wants them to believe are at odds.

You can read more about the film here: www.publicsexprivatelives.com

Why am I making this film?

I became inspired to shoot a feature length documentary on the public personas and private lives of porn performers in 2008. People have a lot of judgments about porn performers, so I thought it could be really compelling to not only explore what happens behind-the-scenes, but also in these performers' personal lives. I've been incredibly honored by the access these women have given me to their most vulnerable moments. And the more I've learned how dynamic they are, the more I've realized how much these stories need to be told to the world.

Conversations about sex and sexuality are all over the media right now – from coverage of how people use (and misuse) the word slut to discussion of Fifty Shades of Grey, and from debates on contraception to policy on same-sex marriage. Despite this fact, the voices of sex workers are strikingly absent from the conversation. As a documentary filmmaker, I believe in bringing underrepresented voices to the surface. I strongly believe in the power of stories to change the world.

Who's working on the film?

Simone Jude is a filmmaker and composer based in San Francisco with a love of visual storytelling and cinematic tension. She studied film at USC and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in film and television production. Simone’s films have screened internationally, including short film Lorelei Lee (co-directed with Jesse Kerman) winning ‘Best Directing’ and ‘Best Original Score’ in the International Documentary Challenge at Hot Docs International Film Fest in Toronto in 2009. Her debut feature documentary, Immaculate Confession, a 'mythic love story’ (San Francisco Chronicle) on Catholic priests and nuns who fell in love in the sixties, premiered at the United Nations Film Festival in 2008. Simone also shot and directed the visually stunning music video ‘Situation’ by Ex-Boyfriends, which premiered internationally on Logo Television.

JESSE KERMAN
Oakland resident Jesse Kerman’s editing work has encompassed a wide variety of projects, short and long, including features Mother Country, Fiona’s Script, Immaculate Confession and (as an assistant editor) All About Evil and Cherry. Jesse is also a writer/director, and his short films have screened at festivals across North America and internationally.

What will we use your money for?

I've been self-financing this film for nearly four years, but my credit cards are maxed out, and I need your help to finish it and get it into the world! We will spend the money on essential post-production costs such as a professional sound mix, color correction, and creating high quality copies of the film for festivals and screenings. We also need funds to pay the lawyer fees and cover film festival submission costs. A small amount of the money will go to producing the rewards themselves, and about $2,000 will go to Kickstarter and Amazon Payment fees.

If we raise more than the $22,000, we will put that money into the film to make it even better. We would love to professionally mix and master the soundtrack, pay our editor fairly for all his work, and travel to festivals to promote the film. If we raise funds to cover all that, anything additional will go towards distribution and marketing.

What do you get out of donating?

Most importantly, the chance to support a meaningful, high-quality creative project about a compelling, but marginalized subject: porn performers. Also, we have some amazing rewards, ranging from a copy of the original soundtrack to a one-on-one dinner with film subject Isis Love. Check them out at your right.

Lastly, THANK YOU so much for your support of this film. Please, spread the word. And get in touch if you have questions about the project. We're available via email at publicsexprivatelives@gmail.com

Thanks so much,
Simone Jude

and the Public Sex, Private Lives team

  • For $69, receive an 11x17 copy of the film poster (one of two designs below) signed by the featured performers:
  • For $49, receive a copy of the hardcover book 'Off The Set: Porn Stars & Their Partners' by Paulie & Pauline (below):

FAQ

  • I have self-funded the film through a combination of cash, credit cards, and donated creative services from friends. Therefore, I greatly appreciate every contribution as it will help me avoid further debt from costs incurred from the film.

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  • Yes, the film is 99% finished shooting. We may shoot a pick up shot here or there, but for all intensive purposes, production is finished.

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  • We aren't yet sure where the film will premiere as we will are still in the process of editing the film and planning our festival submissions. We will, of course, announce when and where we will premiere as soon as it's determined.

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    A high-resolution digital download of the film poster PLUS a thank you email from director Simone Jude

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    A digital download of the film's Original Soundtrack, composed by Simone Jude. Jude's music won 'Best Original Music' at the Hot Docs Film Fest in Toronto, graced the CMJ Top 100, and has been featured on NPR.

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    A copy of the gorgeous, hardback coffee table book 'Off The Set: Porn Stars and Their Partners' (featuring Lorelei Lee, Tera Patrick, Kylie Ireland, Buck Angel, and Nicki Hunter) PLUS a digital download of the film's Original Soundtrack PLUS a high-resolution download of the film poster.

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    An 11 x 17 print of the film poster (one of two designs), signed by the featured performer(s) PLUS a link to the finished film online (when available) PLUS a digital download of the film's Original Soundtrack.

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    A personalized video thank you from Director Simone Jude and film subject Isis Love PLUS a link to the finished film online (when available) PLUS a digital download of the film's Original Soundtrack (when available).

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    A one-of-a-kind signed polaroid photo of either Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, or Isis Love PLUS a DVD copy of the film (when available) PLUS a CD of the film's Original Soundtrack.

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    A ticket to a special preview screening for cast and crew (reward must be redeemed in San Francisco) PLUS a DVD copy of the film (when available) PLUS a CD copy of the film's Original Soundtrack (when available).

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    Your name in the "special thanks" section of the credits PLUS a DVD copy of the film (when available) PLUS a CD copy of the film's Original Soundtrack PLUS a signed 11 x 17 movie poster (either design).

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    VIP treatment at Ultimate Surrender live show including front row seats for you (and a guest if desired), a personal introduction and toast with Princess Donna after the show, and a photo taken with her (note: reward must be redeemed at one of the scheduled monthly Ultimate Surrender live audience shows) PLUS a DVD copy of the film (when available) PLUS a CD copy of the film's Original Soundtrack PLUS a signed 11 x 17 movie poster (either design).

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    A private tour (for you plus a guest) of the SF Armory, home of Kink.com, located at 1800 Mission Street in San Francisco.

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    Dinner with film subject and adult film performer Isis Love (note: reward must be redeemed in San Francisco or New York on a mutually agreeable date).

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    Associate Producer credit on the film and a private preview screening (screening must take place in San Francisco.)

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    This reward gives you a backstage pass to Public Sex, Private Lives - a private preview screening as well as the chance to accompany the director (and potentially performers) to the premiere of the film, wherever that might be!

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