Inside the Quickies: James Bondage in Double 0 Sexy

An interview with Wes Hurley!

Good Vibrations is proud to present the 2012 QUICKIES Erotic Short Film Competition on Friday, October 26th at the Castro Theater.

Get tickets and more information at GoodVibesQuickies.com. Producer Camilla Lombard interviews the directors and participants inside this year’s Quickies! 

How did you find out about the Good Vibrations Quickies Short Film Competition?
At some point, I’ve heard about it in the sex-positive community, then one day was excited to be invited to submit my film there.

Tell us a bit about your film. What’s it about? And what inspired you to create it?
“James Bondage in Double O Sexy” is a campy homage to the macho genre of spy films and pulp novels.  I was interested in playing with role-reversal and seeing our favorite male super agent being sexually objectified and abused the way women have been in this genre.

Seven minutes or less is a pretty tight limit. What are some of the challenges in creating a short erotic film?
I find that shorter films are actually easier to make – you don’t have to worry about the story and its characters carrying the film for an hour and a half.  You can be as silly and random as you’d like.  I love this form.  It’s so freeing and really lands itself to experimentation.  The film was originally made for Seattle’s Hump Fest.  Their time limit was even shorter – 5 minutes, I think.

James Bondage in Double O Sexy

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’m not interested in making films that don’t delve into human sexuality and gender.  No subject even comes close to being as fascinating to me, so I tend to explore that in all of my work.   It’s been a big theme in both features I made.  My documentary “Waxie Moon” was an almost academic study of neo-burlesque and how it relates to gender, sexual expression and body image.  “Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel” is my other feature that deals with the same subjects but through a fictional narrative.

What do you hope audiences will get from your work?
First of all, I hope they’re entertained and they laugh.  It also makes me happy when audiences are turned on (sexually and/or intellectually) or when they start to see something from a different angle after viewing my work.

James Bondage in Double O Sexy

Who are your performers, and how did you meet them/invite them to participate?
My performers are Wiggy Starddust, Silvester Stiffbreeze and Jackie Hell.  Wiggy and Silvester are both wonderful burlesque performers, who have inspired me in the past with their bold and irreverent live acts.  I thought they would look gorgeous together on screen.  Silvester looks like a classic male hero to me – like some comic book hunk come alive.  Wiggy makes a perfect “Bond” girl.  I think you easily accept them both as these archetypes of male and female which makes it that much more fun when their power dynamic shifts.  Jackie Hell is one of our drag treasures in Seattle.  Jackie is a genius performer, truly one of my favorites – funny, scary, exciting.  I want to put Jackie in every movie I make.  She’s a superstar.  Also starring in the film is my hedgehog, Merkin.  When I decided to make a spy spoof for Hump, I called up Wiggy and Silvester.  We got together and came up with most of the film that day.  I’d say it was definitely a collaborative process for the three of us.

James Bondage in Double O Sexy

Were there any funny or unexpected moments while filming?
The entire film was a blast to shoot.  For our big sexy love scene Wiggy showed up with this terrible-looking merkin – it was truly tragic and impossible to look at without doubling over in laughter.  Wiggy and Silvester have such great chemistry together off screen as friends, it was really fun to watch them come up with ideas and play at “sex”.  Dubbing their sex was also pretty awesome.  One of my favorite parts of the process was going to Twisted Monk’s bondage factory and filming all of Silvester’s abuse there.  Monk got pretty creative with bondage and Silvester was such a good sport.  Wiggy’s attempts at playing a dominatrix were hilarious – she kept getting tangled in stuff or smacking herself by accident.  We decided that someday we should make a reality show about Wiggy trying to be a dominatrix in real life and failing miserably.

Wes Hurley

What projects are you working on now/next, and where can we find you?
My award-winning doc “Waxie Moon” just came out on DVD at tlavideo.com.  I’m pretty excited about that film.  I think it really captures this very rich and vibrant sub-culture/scene here in Seattle.  Someday historians will look back at this time and recognize that what was happening in Seattle’s neo-burledsque scene – with all these incredibly articulate and original feminist and queer artists reshaping the form – was pretty damn important and very specific to Seattle.

My experimental comedy musical performance art film “Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel” will start popping up at different festivals around this world this fall.  I think anyone who enjoys “James Bondage in Double O Sexy” will enjoy “Fallen Jewel” – it’s equally playful, colorful, cartoonish and queer (or so I hope).  Also, all three of my stars – Wiggy, Silvester and Jackie Hell – have cameos in “Fallen Jewel”.  You can see the trailer for “Fallen Jewel” here: http://youtu.be/cPE5Akh1W-w

 

Thanks and good luck at the competition! Find more info about this year’s festival at GoodVibesQuickies.com. Get your tickets through Brown Paper Tickets today!

 

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