2 September, 2015

Where are you on the gay spectrum? Is anyone ever one hundred or zero percent straight or gay? I don’t think so! That’s what artist iO Tillet Wright wanted to highlight with her ambitious project Self Evident TruthsTired of hateful reporting and discrimination against gay people, iO set out to photograph 10,000 people that identify as anything other than 100 % straight.

The idea is to capture the humanity and beauty in all of us through simple black and white portraits, and iO hopes that by helping to blur the lines around sexuality and gender it will be harder to discriminate against those who identify as something other than straight. Brilliant, huh? Then there will be a massive exhibition showcasing the photos in Washington DC. 

You might have seen Cara Delevingne or Lily-Rose Depp rock one of the project’s “WE ARE YOU” t-shirts. I’m SO getting one – and iO, I applaud you for your initiative and creativity. The project really embodies how the power of art can be used as a tool for liberation. Very inspiring!

Also, check out iO’s TED-talk to understand more about the philosophy behind the project. She is charming as hell! 

31 August, 2015

When it comes to creating each film for XConfessions, the filming is just as important as the post-production editing. Adding special effects, music, sound and knitting the story and sex scenes together to create a complete narrative throughout the film. So to tell how it’s all done, meet my Post-Production Director Noel, who is not only very talented at what he does, but is also a new wave Director himself, creating beautiful and erotic homosexual films under the name Noel Alejandro.

Noel on the set of PANSEXUALS. Photo: Rocio Lunaire, lunaire.es

Noel on the set of PANSEXUALS. 

“The best thing about working for Erika is that I have never felt like I have been working in porn.”

What’s your job description at Lust?

I am responsible for the post-production department at Lust films. I mainly edit Erika’s Films, selecting ans combining shots to turn them into sequences. I also select sound effects and music that can help create the right atmosphere in the pieces. I also coordinate technicians who are involved in post-production, as the sound and color editors. I collaborate and learn a lot in the creative role, when I’m invited to creative meetings, I am among those who shouts the loudest.

How did you end up working here?

After finishing my studies in Film and TV production and my Masters in Editing I looked for a steady job for a while with no luck. A couple of years later, I started the job hunt again (in complete desperation) and I came across an ad in Loquo. I had an interview and I was selected. It was clear they were looking for a young inexperienced editor but eager and enthusiastic to learn and work,  and there I was, promising absolute dedication to the company.

“In 2012, when I started, there were just Erika, Pablo (her partner) and me at the office. And now we are 15 people!”

28 August, 2015

I love a good start to the weekend, so I have a little treat for you all and it evolves a lot of 50’s!

No not money, but I think something better. I have now filmed 50 films for XConfessions, so I want to give you 50% OFF your subscription AND 50% OFF ALL MY XC PRODUCTS in the Lust Store. Yes you heard me… 50%!

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So go back to work with a huge grin on your face and indulge in some gorgeous, sexy, kinky, dirty, seductive erotica this weekend! But hurry, ends midnight 31st August Barcelona time!

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27 August, 2015

Classics, classics, classics… We always go back to them. Having a crush with a professor is a fantasy shared by many people, why? I guess on one hand it has to do with age difference, or admiring someone older, wiser and passionate about things you still have to discover – and will certainly do, with their help. We know that the love for life can be the love for lust, passion is passion. So there you go!

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Let me introduce this week’s release at XConfessions, which premieres today: A FEMINIST MAN. I was curious about this confession by Hexia in the first place because it was among the most visited ones. I read it and I knew it was perfect for a film, especially because of the character: an intellectual and handsome feminist man. I also liked the fact that the short text overcame the stereotype of being an intellectual as an opposite to being a sexual persona.

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“Intellect is a total turn on”

I do believe in mind crushes. I can change my opinion on how attractive someone is (for the better or the worse!) after I’ve discovered a bit more of their personality. For example, sense of humor is a killer for me. I find people who can listen attentively very seductive as well, and then again, I’m attracted to people who are more experienced than me and have sort of an adventure whiff. So, I needed a performer who could believably embody these kinds of traits. I thought of Marc Morato from the very first moment, and I was glad that he accepted. I casted Maria Riot as the college girl because she is also an intelligent lady, with a sort of 60s face. And I had decided that I wanted the film to be set in a May 68 atmosphere, so that I could have an attractive and defined aesthetic frame. The idea of the voice over of a woman remembering her youth in Paris came afterwards, when we were in post production, and it added a poetic layer to the film.

25 August, 2015

It is always great news when I know that my films will be showcased in theaters. That’s where you can really appreciate all the effort we put into every image we make (if my IT director allows me to say so, since he’s always super concerned with the quality of our streaming… don’t get mad at me Hugo, but size matters here!). The composition, the color, the editing, the sound. It is really a thrilling experience. Our “on tour reel” features a selection of the best short films so far, with a special cut for public screenings.

Not every film festival dares to feature explicit content, which is fine because we end up working with the best of the best, the most innovative and edgy! I have always been a fan of London`s Raindance, and the fact that they have scheduled a screening of XConfessions make me super happy. It’s one of the best indie film fests on this side of the Atlantic, so this is just a dream come true. This will happen in September, stay tuned for the precise dates.

Then in October I will fly to Chicago International Film Festival. I am surrounded by great names and can’t feel but humbly honored. Yep, I will be present in both events and will have a Q&A to discuss my filmography and the new female approach to sex and cinema. If you join us in any of these venues, I can guarantee that you will leave the cinema happy, amused and hopefully in the mood for sex and love.

21 August, 2015

This week’s release at Lust Cinema is the latest volume of the Glimpse Series by the artist Roy Stuart: no less than 140 minutes of explicit images with a very unique approach. You can tell Stuart’s photographer background because of the way he takes care of light, in an artificial and expressive way. His most cherished characters are young natural women, both sweet and perverted. He portrays them in very Parisian interiors (old big flats in downtown Paris with chimneys, wooden floors, vintage woodworks) and peculiar sex situations. His images have a distinctive underground flavor that I adore, mixing these fresh characters in girly underwear with some glam and fetish elements, such as heels or satin or something vintage pretending to be luxurious in their environment… A great contrast!

Number 15 is the first Glimpse with some sort of non conventional narrative thread, and it’s built around the situations taking place in a psychiatrist’s office. Other authors such as Ovidie in Pulsion, have already explored this environment and the profound ring roads in our minds where the most secret fantasies and desires are hidden.

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Roy Stuart started his career in the 70s in New York, and was a close friend of famous poets such as Allen Ginsberg or Nelson Villamor. Then in the 80s he moved to Europe, and lived in London before definitively establishing himself in France. Taschen has published several books about his work, and he can undoubtedly be considered a pioneer of some contemporary aesthetics: the erotica of the cheeky girl next door and its messy, realistic, natural surroundings.

14 August, 2015

This week started off with a rare little gift in the mail from the UK. A gorgeous magazine brandishing the philosophy:

“A woman’s desires can be as sensual or as sexual, as erotic or as explicit, as her own tastes might lead her.”

The culprits you ask? Well it’s an intuitive brand named The Quite Delightful Project. After being in contact with Designer, Website & Social Media gal and Writer, Alice Taylor, they decided to send me a copy of their magazine to us, and it was so much more than I could have ever expected!

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“This magazine is our own expression of what should be every woman’s right to enjoy all imaginable aspects of her own sexuality.”

Issue 2 boasts the name Quite Lovely, and “seeks to to explore female sexuality through quite portrayals of intimacy eliciting an introspective response, alongside other content that is unashamedly and undeniably forthright and confrontational.” It’s full of incredible explicit photography and self-portraits from over 15 photographers, my personal favorites being those of Editor herself Katherine Jane Wood and work from Laurent Benaim. All I want to do it put all these up around my office!

The magazine has a number of interviews with truly inspiring women, including Britain’s most acclaimed female adult film Director Anna Arrowsmith, and the founding member behind New Yorks The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, Alethea Andrews who are “taking a stand for equality and enjoying the sunshine.” (Look them up they are amazing!)

“There is something essentially romantic and historical, even emotional, about erotica that makes you yearn, whereas porn tends to fill a basic need.” – Janey Ballantyne, Quite Lovely

13 August, 2015

At XConfessions.com we are always looking for new ways to push the boundaries of our films with their aesthetics and cinematic qualities. When I received a confession about one man’s obsession with Daryl Hannah from the movie SPLASH, my brain started sparking off ideas like crazy. But of course, a mermaid was too obvious, so I though how cool it would be to have a MERMAN instead! Get a taste of mythological sex in IBIZA SPLASH CRUSH.

The first tricky part of this film was finding a performer who would be interested in playing the usually effeminate role. But when we came across the Ibizan Gabe Tonic with his octopus tattoos, mustache and sailor rings, we knew we had found the actor with the perfect aesthetic. He also lives by the sea so he was more than pleased to put on a merman tail!

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Photo: Rocio Lunaire for XConfessions.com

That brings me to problem number two: finding a mermaid tail. If you’ve heard about the serge of mermaid schools popping up around the globe, you’ll know that these tails are in high demand. So we searched and had one flown all the way from America from The Mertailor. It was beautiful and I couldn’t wait to shoot with it!