SAN FRANCISCOEarlier this year, director Shine Louise Houston, the founder of Pink and White Productions, successfully crowdfunded her feature Chemistry Eases the Painbut her latest crowdfunded project isn’t a movie; it’s a new streaming platform which will make online festivals like the San Francisco PornFilmFestival possible. The campaign marks the third time the company has employed crowdfunding strategies, encouraged by the success of its previously fundraised productions. Crowdfunding this new type of platform was inspired by the need for a live streaming option that doesn’t prohibit sexually explicit content. The move is embraced by the #SexTech community, which champions innovations that succeed despite being ostracized for focusing on sexual health and pleasure. Cindy Gallop, Ayesha Hussain, Lux Alptraum, Val Elefante and Andrea Barrica are among the sex and tech writers and entrepreneurs who support the company’s vision to create opportunities where there often are none, due to censorship of sexuality that disproportionately impacts BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and disabled creators. Backers of the campaign can enjoy an early-bird discount on festival passes, and companies (adult-focused or otherwise) can become part of the screening with sponsorship packages that insert brand logos and links into the introduction of every show. To donate and learn more, visit the campaign here. Those interested may follow the festival on Twitter @SFPornFilmFest and Instagram @sfp.filmfest.
written by: Robert Neuwave