Inside the Quickies: Das Randy Radfahrers
An interview with Poppy Cox!
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!
1. How did you find out about the GV Indie Erotic Film Fest?
I also run a short erotic film festival called Bike Smut. We accept submissions from people all over the world who want to make short movies about bikes and sex. Therefore, I am always looking for other film festivals that are similar to ours and I love sharing my work with different audiences. I think creating a shared space for a community to watch erotic film together is very powerful. Usually ‘porn’ is watched in private and not discussed much. Giving people a place to watch things they might not watch at home and discuss with their peers after is an excellent way to redefine obscenity and open audiences up to new experiences.
2. Tell us a bit about your film. What’s it about? And what inspired you to create it?
Bike Smut spent most of last year on the road, and we did our first ever European tour. (We do not release DVDs or put the films online, so the only way Europe was going to see these films is if we took them there.) Berlin was kind of our home base while we were there, so we ended up spending a fair amour of time there. While there, we got to meet (and fuck) these two wonderful dutch bike-sexuals. I had had the idea for the film for a while, meeting a hot cyclists at a stop light and getting them to chase me through the city is a personal fantasy of mine, and after spending time with these two, I knew they would fit the part perfectly. They were both super excited to shoot something for Bike Smut and have us share it all over America, too.
3. Seven minutes or less is a pretty tight limit. What are some of the challenges in creating a short erotic film?
I actually think seven minutes is pretty generous. Editing is one of the hardest yet most important parts of making film. Having limits on length forces you into a more creative way of story telling. Keeping the story line simple is key, and remembering that you don’t need to show everything that happened in order to tell a story.
4. 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 haven’t ever really made a non-erotic film. (Maybe one in high school, or something.) I majored in photography in college and have always been a big cinephile, which was the main thing that was holding me back from becoming a filmmaker myself. I have so much respect for the medium, that I would be really upset if I made a bad movie. However, as I got more involved in other types of sex work, creating a better representation of human sexuality in porn became very important to me. As a feminist and a sex worker, I came to the conclusion that the most feminist thing I could do was to make pornography. While I knew of (and liked) some alternatives to the mainstream, I still couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for in the genre.
5. What do you hope audiences will get from your work?
I hope they get turned on, of course. I hope that for the non-cyclists out there, they might see bicycles a bit more as an object of desire, which will hopefully encourage people to ride bikes more. I also hope that they see that the medium of pornography does not necessarily dictate a soulless and mechanical representation of sex. It is possible to capture the excitement and curiosity that is happens in sexual exchanges on film.
6. Were there any funny or unexpected moments while filming?
We shot in July, and summer in Berlin is beautiful, for the most part. But it still rains on occasion, and when it rains, it rains really hard, for quite a few days. That happened on the days we had scheduled to shoot, which meant we had to squeeze the shooting in on the last 2 days I was in town, but we got it all done in the end. Other than that, they were so great and fun to work with, plus I think they are both SO hot, shooting them was such a pleasure.
7. What projects are you working on now/next, and where can we find you?
I am currently on tour with Bike Smut again. We are heading east, via the US/Canadian border with our 6th collection of erotic bicycle movies. This years program has films from 7 different European cities as well as movies from two bay area locals, Courtney Trouble and Madison Young.
We get to NYC in the end of October, and from there we head south pretty quick to start our first ever tour in Mexico, with our first show in Mexico City!
We plan to be in the bay area again in January. You can follow @BikeSmut on twitter for updates on tour dates, or check out bikesmut.com.
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!