Casting Call!

5 09 2009

I love erotic realism.  I love films that take the time to show touching and tickling and playing between two characters who really like each other, films that teach us that through a healthy and playful bed life, people can become their best selves or at least have a brighter prospect towards the world around them.  What’s that?  You can’t think of any films like this?  Huh!  ME NEITHER!

Sooooooooo…let’s make one!

Columnist for The Stranger and The Portland Mercury, Dan Savage, has created Hump, an amateur porn film festival.  Now personally, I hate porn.  It shows all the boring parts of sex, which is the sucking and the fucking in thirteen bendable poses and it revolves around the man’s orgasm which once it happens, ends the scene.  But what happens before that scene?  Or better yet, what happens AFTER that scene?  And where is all the body exploration?  Where is the touching, the moments of emotional intimacy where it feels so good that someone breaks into tears?  What about the times when someone gets up to get their lover a glass of water?  What about the long gazes, the limbic resonance?!  Sex is so much richer than what porn has to offer.  And if I were to make a five minute film for Hump, that’s exactly the kind of eroticism I would explore.

The Hump Film Fest will take place at Cinema 21 in late October, but the deadline for submissions is at the end of this month.  I KNOW I can make the best erotic film in Portland.  I’ve been waiting my whole life to make something really lovely.  In fact, I was neeeeeeearly cast in John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus, but that’s another story.  In the meantime, I NEED A CAST.

If you or someone you know is interested in being in a five minute film where there will be some nudity and sexuality, please contact me at  Couples would be terrific, but individuals are fine too.  I need at the very least one female (this seems to be the hardest role to fill), between the ages of 22-45.  Also looking for men, the same age.  Race is irrelevant.  Body types should be healthy.  The most important thing is that you are doing this for the fun of it.  Unfortunately, I can’t reveal the narrative structure here because it’s a simple but really effective idea which I want to keep secret.  Feel free to send pics, face and clothed body are fine.  I’m not really looking to be in this myself, but if I have to, I have to.  For some weird reason, people have been encouraging me to do so, so like I said, the female lead role is the important role to fill.

So again if you believe that porn is stoopid and that sexuality on film should show genuine tenderness and moments of quiet and a loving embrace (Am I becoming the Mister Rogers of sex?), please contact yours truly at

The author at work




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