Public Sex, Private Lives: A Documentary on Porn Performers

Upcoming documentary Public Sex, Private Lives, an intimate portrait of three adult film stars, seeks funds for post-production and festival submissions.

Public Sex, Private Lives explores the professional and private lives of adult 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.

Kickstarter is the world’s largest platform for funding creative projects, connecting individual donors directly with passionate creators. “I’ve been able to support so many creative projects via Kickstarter, and now I’m thrilled to launch my own campaign,” said film director Simone Jude. “Kickstarter is revolutionizing the way creativity happens in the United States, enabling projects that might be denied traditional funding to get made and reach a wider audience.”

The campaign offers project donors a variety of rewards, including a digital download of the film’s original soundtrack, one-of-a-kind polaroids of the documentary’s subjects, signed movie posters, credit on the film, a private screening, and more. All project backers get access to exclusive updates on the film’s progress. Kickstarter’s unique funding structure is all-or-nothing, meaning the film must raise the entire $22,000 or it loses all of the funds.

Jude has been shooting and self-funding Public Sex, Private Lives for nearly four years. “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,” Jude remarked. “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.”

Public Sex, Private Lives recently wrapped shooting, and is now being edited by Oakland-based editor Jesse Kerman. The money raised via the Kickstarter campaign will go to pay for a professional sound mix, color correction, lawyer fees, film festival submissions, and other post-production costs. Jude plans to premiere Public Sex, Private Lives at a film festival domestically and internationally in 2012.

To learn more, visit the Kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/H2c2zR

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