7th Biennial Sex Worker Cultural Festival in San Francisco

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The San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival has provided a forum for sex worker artists from around the world since 1999. The Festival has become a vibrant venue for performances, workshops, visual arts and political organizing with 10 days of events May 20-29th. The Sex Worker Festival recognizes and honors prostitutes, dancers, porn performers and other sex workers, who have, since time immemorial, been dynamic and integral members of arts communities.

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The San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival has provided a forum for sex worker artists from around the world since 1999. The Festival has become a vibrant venue for performances, workshops, visual arts and political organizing, with 10 days of events from May 20-29th.

Festival events include:

  • "Roaming Hookerfest" Caravan at Mystery Locations Divulged Last-Minute
  • "Get The Money Up Front" Cabaret with The Stripping Granny, (as seen on America's Got Talent), Alotta Boutte’, Jupiter Knows, Annie Danger and many more
  • Annie Sprinkle's "What the F*ck is Ecosex and How Can It Improve Your Sex Business?" A Show-and-Tell
  • The Art of Webcamming Workshop, benefiting Sex Workers Outreach Project
  • Mariko Passion’s "Modern Day Asian Sex Slavery: The Musical" 'Because the real enemies are racism, marginalization and ignorance of the lives of sex workers'
  • "Real Feminists and Human Rights Activists Don't Buy Ashton: How Irrational Panic over 'Modern Day Slavery' Harms Women" by Emi Koyama

Kicking off the Festival, our own Derrick Hanson, Rent Boy's Hookies Award Winner (Mr. San Francisco 2011, Escort of the Year), is teaming up with SF's original "musical comedy cabaret porn star" Tom Orr to present LOVE FOR $ALE: A Sweet Talking ~ Street Walking Bawdy Burlesque Cabaret. The show benefits the St. James Infirmary, a free occupational clinic in the U.S. for current and former sex workers & their partners. (http://www.stjamesinfirmary.org)

"Roaming Hookerfest," (AKA Up Against The Wall: Sex Workers in Public Spaces) is a traveling outdoor caravan of sex workers, projecting movies and distributing gifts and safer sex materials through the streets and alleyways of San Francisco. Up Against The Wall is proud to be included on Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/18637495/up-against-the-wall-sex-workers-in-public-spaces) The caravan will be joined by burlesque performance ensemble GLITTERACTION! 'Using the power of art and sparkle to create beauty and to challenge ourselves and others.'

At "Whores Bath," a spa, community building and magical healing event for sex workers, we 'reclaim our roles as healers.' "Whores Bath" contributes to the 21st century lexicon with a new entry in the Urban Dictionary. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=whores%20bath)

Hook Collective launches "INTERSECTION: Stories Through Art by Sex Workers of Color" challenging the representation of the identity "sex worker," often portrayed as white, empowered and middle-class. "Because the sex industry encapsulates an expansive range of experiences and identities, the goal of INTERSECTION is to provide an intentional space where the stories and art of people of color in the sex industry take the principal role."

Renowned writer and performance artist, Kirk Read, ALA Honor Book Award winner presents “Meet The Neighbors” a workshop on friendship for male sex workers. Miss Majors of TGI Justice Project (and 1969 Stonewall uprising fame) will participate in a workshop with Desiree Alliance co-director and prisoners rights activist, Crisitine Sardina on social justice and sex workers' rights. Both are also prisoners rights advocates.

Movie Highlights:

  • San Francisco documentaries, "Transfrancisco" by Glenn Davis with “Sex on Wheels” by Jennifer Worley.
  • "Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism" features sex work 'sheroes' Annie Sprinkle, Lydia Lunch, Scarlot Harlot and Michelle Tea.
  • "Every Ho I Know Says So: A Resource for Lovers, Partners and Sweeties of Sex Workers," by Lusty day with Scarlet Alliance, "A response to the lack of resources for people looking for advice on how to be good to a sex worker."
  • “Devious, Inc.” the acclaimed San Francisco fetish musical screens with Sion Shankel’s “Titty F*ck Me" starring Trauma Flintstone, in this musical montage of campy, sexy bliss.

International work includes "Good Women of Taipei" featuring the Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters; “A Day in The Life” from Voices of Women in The Media and Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers’ “Bad Rehab,” a controversial music video, protesting the use of raid and rescue as an anti-trafficking measure by Somaly Mam at AFESIP, an anti-sex work foundation in the region.

"There are a wide array of narrative approaches including video poems, documentaries, feature length fairy tales, and skin flicks," explains curator Laure McElroy. "We have voices from Africa, Canada, Holland, USA, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and the fictional town of New Cityville. We are showing all walks of life, and diverse gender, sexuality, lifestyle, and business models."

Festival founder, Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot says, "Sex workers have an excellent vantage point from which to view social hypocrisy, expressed in many contexts-by the lawmakers who use their services, then sponsor policies which further criminalize them, to the wanna-be saviors who try to 'rescue them.' This whores-eye-view of society is reflected in this body of work by sex workers."

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Erica Fabulous, Carol Leigh
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