Inside the Quickies: Strange

An interview with Maxine Holloway & Arabelle Raphael!

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 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?

Arabelle Raphael saw a catchy flyer in the Good Vibrations store several years ago ands intrigued with the idea of making a film for the festival ever since. Maxine made a film called ‘The Outlaw’ that was featured and awarded in the GV Film Festival in 2010.


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

Our film ‘Strange’ is about Fetishization and Sex Work. We were talking about how with sex work we sometimes try to hide the things that make us different, but in reality those are some of the things that people find the most arousing. The film is set in a historical circus freak show setting and shows a very intimate interaction between a client and two sisters. It was inspired by our own experience as sex workers and mutual interest in side show culture.


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

7 minutes is a very short time frame! It was challenging develop the plot and have enough time to showcase an authentic sex scene. We found ourselves cutting a lot of great footage. But it motivated us to pin point the most crucial elements of our story.


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

We both have been performing in adult films for years. Maxine has been directing, writing and producing XXX films and websites as well. This is Arabelle’s debut film as a director, writer and producer. We have both had some non-erotic independent films, which actually makes us both much more nervous than when performing in adult cinema!


What do you hope audiences will get from your work?

Boners and therapy


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

We are both TOTALLY narcissistic, so we made ourselves the stars! Besides ourselves we called upon our dear and talented friends and colleagues Bianca Stone, James Darling and Jolene Parton. We called upon local Filmmakers Val Castro and Rob Fatal help with videography and editing. We are really lucky to be a part of a community that supports each others projects and creative endeavors.


Were there any funny or unexpected moments while filming?

A giant toddler decided he would be the tattoo artist for James Darling’s character. It didn’t come out has we had hoped.


What projects are you working on now/next, and where can we find you?

We had a such a great time making a movie together, we have a ‘Strange’ sequel in the works! In the mean time Maxine is busy producing Bay Area live sex shows,, and working on an independent kink website that will launch spring 2013. Arabelle is developing her own website and will continue performing for hot porn sites. You can keep up with us both on twitter @ArabellRaphael / @MaxineHolloway. We also like to put lots of pictures of our boobs on our Tumblr pages: and

Thanks strange ladies, and good luck at the competition! Find more info about this year’s festival at


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