When did you start directing and how many films have you done thus far? Can you briefly describe them for us?
I began by writing and producing, while my partner, Lauren Niemi, directed. She and I conceived the idea of Femme Productions together with the blessings and financing of my ex-husband¹s family who were successful producers and distributors in Europe. My ex-husband, Per Sjosted, was also a terrific producer and assistant director who worked on the project with us. Our first two movies were “FEMME” and “URBAN HEAT”. With our third, “CHRISTINE’S SECRET”, I began to co-direct. “CHRISTINE’S SECRET” won five awards that year from the East Coast Critics Association including “Ladies Choice”. (This predates the AVN awards!) With “THREE DAUGHTERS”, I became the director. (Lauren went on to do other work.) After having VCA as our distributor, we launched FEMME DISTRIBUTION in 1987 with THREE DAUGHTERS, a very expensive movie for that time with a budget of $75,000 (still a big budget in the adult industry!). THREE DAUGHTERS went on to be our biggest seller for many years and received an award for the sound track which was created by the British musician, Gary Window, who played with Pink Floyd, the Psychedelic Furs and whose studio we recorded it in. Gary also happened to be the husband of the star of THREE DAUGHTERS, Siobhan Hunter.
Then I produced a three volume set called the STAR DIRECTOR SERIES, with each volume consisting of two short stories written and directed by an adult film-star: “TASTE OF AMBROSIA” featured pieces by Veronica Hart and myself; RITES OF PASSION featured pieces by Annie Sprinkle and Veronica Vera; and “SENSUAL ESCAPE” featured pieces by Gloria Leonard and myself. “SENSUAL ESCAPE” brought us three AVN awards including ³Best Sex Scene² starring Nina Hartley and Richard Pacheco (who had been hot to work with each other for some time! Richard stopped appearing in adult movies once HIV became an issue and only returned to work for Femme because we adopted a safer sex policy).
Next came “REVELATIONS”, our first 35mm film, which I spent a year working on before releasing it in 1992. This was a very political piece about what life would be like without the freedom to express ourselves creatively and sexually. It was my response to the right-wing attacks on the adult industry and the apathy of consumers buying and renting adult movies but not standing up for their right to do so. This movie is frighteningly pertinent once again given today’s political climate.
In 1995, wanting to return exclusively to production, I signed on with Adam and Eve to finance and distribute more FEMME movies. The first, “MY SURRENDER”, was released in 1996, and won AVN’s Best Actress award for Jeanna Fine. (It has also been nominated for four other awards including directing and editing.)
After that I directed “THE GIFT”, a romantic love-story with lots of lush outdoor locations, starring Shauna McCullough, a terrific actress, and the ever sexy Mark Davis; “BRIDAL SHOWER”, which starred Nina Hartley and a bunch a other terrific actresses; “ONE SIZE FITS ALL: A SEX COMEDY IN FIVE ACTS”, which featured a great ensemble cast of women including Missy, Nina Hartley and Shauna McCullough, and also some great guys including Mark Davis and Tom Byron; “EYES OF DESIRE” PARTS ONE and TWO, a steamy dramatic two-parter starring Missy and her then husband, Micky G; and a really fun comedy, “STUD HUNTERS”, which starred Ava Vincent and Alexandra Silk and a bunch of New York ³studs² that I discovered. STUD HUNTERS received five AVN nominations that year, including best director and best editing.
In 2005 we released a lush visual piece with little dialogue called “CARIBBEAN HEAT”. It was shot in Panama and featured the directorial debut of a young woman named Manuela Sabrosa, and produced by Italian writer/film-maker Michele Capozzi.
In 2007 we just released a really fun sex comedy called “UNDER THE COVERS” that features a mixed cast of new performers from New York and a couple of stars from LA; and ³AFRODITE SUPERSTAR², the first in our new line of erotic movies featuring a mix of ethnic talent. We¹re calling that line FEMME CHOCOLAT. It¹s also the first in my new project of grooming young new female directors.