An Interview With Ryan Mains: Erotic Filmmaker and GV IXFF Finalist

The Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Fest is one of the highlights of our year! I hope you’re having as much fun at the various events as we are. Ryan Mains’ film, Me or the Porn, is one of the final entries at the contest at the Castro Theater on September 22. Get your ticket here!

How did you find out about the GV Indie Erotic Film Fest?

I was contacted by the Camilla Lombard.  She had heard about a couple of my films that had been playing at festivals and invited me to submit.  One of two was accepted – “Me or the Porn”

Tell us a bit about your film. What’s it about? And what inspired you to create it?

The tagline for Me or the Porn is: When Dean’s secret stash of online porn is discovered by his girlfriend Colette, his foot-in-mouth excuses for his beloved collection prompt and exasperat Colette to issue the classic ultimatum: “it’s me or the porn.  The film deals with the fallout of Colette’s discovery of his porn collection, his attempt to cover it up, and her confusion of the content of what she finds.

I was looking for short screenplays to make and I read Me or the Porn which was written by my friend Matt Lutz, and really loved it.  Although it came across as a simple dialogue driven film, I knew that this supposed simplicity would also be the most challenging aspect of the film.

Seven minutes or less is a pretty tight limit. What are some of the challenges in creating a short erotic film?

To me the time limit isn’t really an issue.  I direct commercials and music videos so I am used to working within even shorter lengths.

What’s your background in film or in making erotic films? How does making an erotic film differ from making a non-erotic one?

I must admit, I don’t really view my film as being remotely erotic.  It’s a comedy first and foremost, but it does deal with pornography.  I haven’t really made erotic films per se, but I would certainly be open to it, as I am into good stories regardless of genre that they fall into.   I have been making films since I was a teenager, and haven’t stopped!

What do you hope audiences will get from your work?

First off, I hope they think that they are entertained and get some laughs, and secondly my hope is that is spurs on conversation about the role that pornography plays in our lives.  I decided to deal with the pornography issue in the film in an awkward and comedic way, but I think that the basis of the comedy is something that an audience can relate to. In this case it’s a guy trying to hide the fact that he looks at pornography to his girlfriend by lying.  Obviously, not every relationship deals with this exact issue in this way, but I do think that it is a common one.

Who are your performers, and how did you meet them/invite them to participate?

My performers are David Lewis and Christine Chatelain.  Both are working professional actors in Vancouver and I was impressed with their body of work.  Both of them liked the script and we went from there!

What advice would you give to first-time erotic filmmakers, or filmmakers in general?

I probably can’t speak for erotic filmmakers, but my general advice for filmmakers is keep making films and don’t spend all of your money on one single film.  The road to making films professionally (if that’s your goal) is a long one fraught with heartache and self-sacrifice, and practice is the most important thing to finding your voice as a filmmaker.  But if you can live through all of the tough stuff that comes along with the making of any film, and if it’s truly something you want to do with your life, the rewards are immense.  To me, I honestly can’t imagine a life where I didn’t make films.  For me, it’s something deep inside that I NEED to do.

How does your film reflect your views on sex? Did you discover anything interesting or surprising in the process of making the film?

I guess, my views are pretty liberal.  I certainly don’t have any issue talking about sex, and perhaps this comes through with the subject matter.  The film kind of lays it all out there… which is kind of what my personality is like too, I think.

What projects are you working on now/next?

I have a production company with Suzan Derkson (who produced Me or the Porn with me).  We have several features films in active development.  I also direct commercials and music videos which keeps me very busy.

Want to know more about Ryan? Check out his website and follow him on twitter!

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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