Team & History
AORTA films is an award-winning porn studio
creating explicit, experimental queer cinema:
LUSTY, OPULENT, GLORIOUS, FUCKERY.
Led by Creative Director Mahx Capacity, AORTA films produces short films & long-term feature projects, as well as a range of innovative programming including a queer clips library, a a bi-annual film festival, featured guest artist collaborations, screenings, workshops, and commercial collaborations.
AORTA’s films center performers across a wide range of bodies and identities. Hailing from queer BDSM community and experimental performance contexts, the studio works collaboratively, prioritizing safe and enthusiastically consensual working processes. They’re obsessed with creating hot, kinky content that celebrates queer identity and explodes with destabilizing pleasure.
AORTA’s work has been presented at screenings, galleries, festivals, and museums, across the USA, Canada, South America, and Europe, including the Berlin, London, Vienna, and Athens Porn Film Festivals, Hacker Porn Film Festival (Rome), POP PORN (Brazil), Excéntrico Fest (Chile), MIX Copenhagen, International Queer and Migrant Film Festival (Amsterdam), Berlin Feminist Film Week, Hot Bits (Philly), SECS Fest (Seattle), BRIEFS (Oakland), EVERYBOOTY at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (NYC), Kink Out at MoMa PS1 (NYC), and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London). Their films have been commissioned by The Invisible Dog Art Center, and supported by a grant from the Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity.
In 2018, AORTA films won awards for short films Solo/Duo (“Most Likely to Make You Want To Fuck”) and Digital Genitals (Jury Award) at BRIEFS in Oakland, and Best International Short Film for Full at the Hacker Porn Film Festival. In 2019, AORTA’s feature film (W/HOLE) was honored with Best Feature Film at Hacker Porn and Best Film – Fiction at the Vienna Porn Film Festival, in addition to being featured as the Opening Film at the Athens Porn Film Festival, Hacker Porn Film Festival, and the Schamlos! queer-feminist Pornfestival, and the Closing Film at the London Porn Film Festival. That same year, Fucking Loser was awarded Best Short at the Luststreifen Film Festival. In 2021, Hole Theory and Another Beautiful Creature both won Golden Raincoat Awards for Best Short and Best Docuporn respectively at SECS Fest in Seattle.
The Daily Dot has called AORTA films “a hidden gem” and Wear Your Voice has praised AORTA as “…sexy, fun, and cute as hell…art films of the nth degree…the sex I try to have as often as possible.” Vice’s i-D Magazine writes “The variety of content …is vast, showcasing a huge range of bodies, kinks and fantasies…It becomes a tool for breaking down harmful and sexist ways of thinking.” You can see more press AORTA has received here.
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AORTA films was conceived in 2015 by co-founders Mahx Capacity, Ginny Woolf, and Parts Authority. The three co-founders shared a creative practice starting in 2012, when Parts proposed the idea of a Valentine’s Day photoshoot in celebration of their friendship, bodies, and babeliness. The photoshoot became an annual tradition, growing each year in scope and participants.
In 2015, the team was invited to collaborate on the A.O. Movement Collective’s ETLE Universe project, and Mahx conceived of and directed the first collection of shorts, The OH Files, which featured Ginny and Parts among the performers. Following the premiere of The OH Files in March of 2015, the three founders launched AORTA films in October 2015.
Parts, Ginny, and Mahx developed AORTA films together for four years until 2019, when Parts and Ginny departed from AORTA films to pursue other interests. Papi Femme–who had worked with AORTA as a performer, costume consultant, and chef–joined the AORTA team, initially as the studio’s Communications Manager, and then as AORTA’s co-producer with Mahx. The team has since expanded to include RAD (financial admin) and Ginger Hollander (social media manager), and continues to grow.
Creative Director, Co-Producer
Mahx Capacity is a queer, white, fat, trans/non-binary pervert and taurean pleasure prince. Hailing from a background in choreography and experimental performance, Mahx is interested in wielding queer porn as a tool for destabilizing pleasure, fierce vulnerability, and complex humanity. Their shorts and feature films have been screened at festivals all over the globe. In addition to running AORTA, Mahx has performed in films by Four Chambers, Meow Meow Collective, and AORTA films. They are a maximalist through and through, and they feel gleeful about getting to make porn as part of such a deeply brilliant community.
Mahx has received the honor of Best Film awards for four of their short films: Full (Hacker Porn Film Festival, 2018), Fucking Loser (Vienna Porn Film Festival, 2020), Hole Theory (SECS Fest, 2021), and Another Beautiful Creature (SECS Fest, 2021). Their first feature film (W/HOLE) was selected as the Opening/Closing film at four festivals, and won Best Film at the Vienna Porn Film Festival and Hacker Porn Film Festivals (2019).
Mahx has been featured as a speaker/panelist/educator by STRAND Bookstore, Consider This, Brooklyn College, First Person Plural Salon, Posture Magazine, the Hacker Porn Film Festival, Tristan Taormino’s “Sex Out Loud” and Tina Horne’s “Why are People Into That?” podcasts. You can find them in Brooklyn, daydreaming about the mouthfeel of skyscrapers, deepening their BDSM practice, and contemplating what strangers look like when they come. [Photo credit: Maria Baranova]
Papi Femme is a fat femme trans white Latinx leather Daddy and cultural worker. In addition to running his own fetishwear brand, he’s worked in many on- and off-screen capacities with AORTA films since 2018, including co-producing, directing, and managing AORTA’s socials and communications from 2020-2022. Papi’s performance credits include Crash Pad Series and AORTA’s feature film, (W/HOLE). His directorial debut, Luna Has Two Mommies, is an official selection of the Vienna Porn Film Festival. As part of his role as AORTA Co-Producer, Papi also curates AORTA’s new queer explicit content platform, Community Hardcore.
Social MEdia Manager
Ginger Hollander is famously obsessed with gay sex and Internet culture, so they’re just happy to be here! Ginger is Extremely Online and driven by their passion for communication and consent, pleasure and hydration, comprehensive sex education, and sex workers’ rights. They are a queer, non-binary photographer, sex educator, and insatiable bottom living, posting, and color-coordinating in NYC.
RAD is a queer, brown, Virgo switch-witch. RAD is a spreadsheet slut with a knack for numbers. Oriented to details and organization, her top kinks are consent and clear communication. Originally from the east coast, she’s been living on the west coast for about a decade and now makes her magic in the redwoods. She is very grateful to currently be AORTA’s Finance Admin.