Thank you for your interest in presenting/distributing AORTA films' feature film (W/HOLE)! Please a screener of the full film, trailers, and corresponding information below - if you need other/additional information, please let us know at helloAORTAfilms@gmail.com - we look forward to working with you!
AORTA films in collaboration with
the A.O. Movement Collective
Parts Authority, Trouble Clef, Special Guest, Papi Femme, Shay Knox, Erykah Ohms, The Shape, Evie Snax, Alice the Wolfe, and Ginny Woolf
Edited + Colored by
Director of Photography
Saskia de Borchgrave
The Invisible Dog Art Center
The Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity
At turns lush, humorous, sincere, erotic, joyful, and intense, ( ) forsakes traditional expectations of “porn” to create an unexpectedly textured landscape of desire. Amidst ecstatic water balloon fights, opulent feasts devoured without utensils, narrations of pleasure, lewd hand gestures, densely scored orgies, improvisational performance, and intense kink dynamics, ( ) proposes a new type of pornography: a world of queer sex that is at once surreally lush and intensely real. The film celebrates queer pleasure as resistance, while inviting viewers of all identities towards their own human capacity for pleasure.
(W/HOLE) will have its world premiere January 4-6th at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, New York. The film will be distributed online in monthly segments on www.AORTAfilms.com January through November of 2019, and select sections will be distributed through additional channels. Starting January 2019, the film will be available to screen in full at festivals and arts presenting organizations. If desired, AORTA films and the A.O. Movement Collective can offer additional programming around the premiere, including workshops, panels/lectures, screenings of additional films, and/or live performances.
For tickets to the premiere or to inquire about screening (W/HOLE) at your festival or venue, please email Mahx Capacity at helloAORTAfilms@gmail.com.
( ) is an evening-length film created by queer/feminist porn collective AORTA films in collaboration with performance company the A.O. Movement Collective. Verbally pronounced “whole,” this feature length film seeks to explore the incredible potency of queer hedonism, specifically how the authentic performativity of kink and queer porn can evolve trauma into orgasm, and grief into politically radical, transformative, body-based joy. This work aims to negotiate pornographic embodiment as an anti-oppressive, trans-inclusive feminist practice rooted in femme caretaking and risk, and contextualizes itself as a choreographic process. ( ) investigates the complexity of pleasure, exploring the so-called obscenity of bodies in their most tremendous capacity—their glorious, illicit humanity.
In investigating pleasure as inherently entwined with the complexities of loss and struggle, the AOMC’s director Sarah A.O. Rosner writes “Experimental pornography is the ideal media for this endeavor. Cutting through experimental performance’s insularity and entrenchment within systems of white supremacy, pornography is immediate, incendiary: undeniably legible. Like live performance, queer porn powerfully triggers authentic, instantaneous responses which a viewer must rectify with their preexisting selfhood. It kicks hairline fractures into oppressive systems, explicitly centering the humanity of individuals traditionally devalued by capitalism, ableism, racism, and transmisogyny."
( ) positions itself interstitially, between the margins of experimental live performance, queer/feminist pornography, and dancefilm. Filmed by Holyrad Studio and edited and colored by Lanee Bird with an original score composed by Ashur Rayis, the work features an interdisciplinary cast of performers—three dance performers, five adult performers, and two crossover performers who work in both fields. Created and directed by Mahx Capacity and choreographed by Sarah A.O. Rosner, the film was developed in collaboration with the performers, and through AORTA films’ “F*CKLAB” practice.
(W/HOLE) was commissioned by the Invisible Dog Art Center and supported by a grant from the Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity, the film’s Executive Producer. This work was developed in part, during a residency at Snug Harbor Cultural Center Botanical Garden
(W/HOLE) Advance Screener:
Please note: What follows is an ADVANCE SCREENER copy of (W/HOLE) and NOT the finished film. The film will additionally receive full sound, score, and color treatment before its premiere in January 2019.