IXFF Filmmaker Interviews! Part 4: Allegra Hirschman and Shellie Citron

Allegra Hirschman and Shellie Citron are the subject of our second filmmaker interview for the the Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Fest.  Their film “T4-2 will be screened in the international short film competition at the Castro Theatre on September 23rd  (for more details and tickets, visit www.gv-ixff.org).   We asked filmmakers from around the world to show us what’s sexy in 7 minutes or less, and this playful piece from this San Francisco filmmaking due challenges tradition in a way that is sexy and fun.

Allegra Hirschman is currently learning every aspect of film production, every dance Michael Jackson ever danced, and screen-printing baby clothes for queer and progressive parents (www.lgbabyt.com). T4-2 is based on a scene from her play, “Shame: A Musical about Pride” which will hopefully be produced next summer.  Shellie Citron also does it all and produced and edited Shafted (IXFF 2009). T4-2 is her directorial debut.

What do you hope audiences will get from your work?

Some belly laughs and an intense desire for fresh squeezed orange juice.

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

Our stars are all amazing local artists, performers and friends.  BDSM Goddess Princess Donna, Burlesque Superstar Pin Key Lee, and pin up boys, Tuck Mayo and Kristopher Gleason.  We promised them food and little else.

Were there any funny or unexpected moments while filming?

It turns out a bubble bath is difficult to maintain for shooting.  We learned that our actresses had an amazing knack for reinvigorating the bubbles with propeller like hand motions.

What is your favorite sex toy to use in a film?

In our last film, Shafted (2009) sex toys were kinda the star of the show, but a certain blue butt plug was a real scene stealer.

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

Pre-production is everything.  Planning is your job so that the actors can show up and really bring their talents (boobs).

How does the film you submitted reflect your views on sex, and was there anything you learned in the process of making the film?

Relationships are changing and people are finding new models of love, commitment, and sexual expression.  We wanted to take some old stereotypes of gender and domesticity and turn them on their head.

What projects are you working on now/next?

Finishing writing the play Shame!: A Musical About Pride, and working on several feature screenplays.  Our next production is a commercial for our gay-friendly baby clothes line, LGBbabyT.com.

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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