Candida Royalle featured on “Pioneers of Feminist Porn”, panel discussion on MindBrowse.com
On Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, at 3pm EST/12pm PDT, Candida Royalle will be the featured guest on the MindBrowse.com online panel discussion, “Pioneers of Feminist Porn” as part of their ongoing series, “Women in Porn, Then and Now.” Moderated by Sociologist Chauntelle Tibbals, PhD., author of EXPOSURE: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society and Adult Entertainment, the discussion, beginning with Royalle, will address the evolution of erotica made for women from when she first entered the industry as a performer in 1974 to the works being authored by the current generation of producers and directors.
During the second segment, Candida Royalle will be joined by award-winning New Sensations director Jacky St. James, best known for her films, Emma Marx (1 and 2), Anna Lee, and Torn. St. James & Royalle will discuss their perspectives on the future of women’s erotica, after which Royalle will talk about her forthcoming documentary, “While You Were Gone” and the Natural Contours® line of personal massagers she developed in partnership with Dutch industrial designer Jandirk Groet among other developing projects.
“We are truly honored to have Candida Royalle, the original trailblazer in making porn from a woman’s point of view, lead a discussion about the growth and progress in women’s erotica over the last 30 years,” said Angie Rowntree, owner of the award-winning porn for women site Sssh.com and producer of Mindbrowse.com events. “There’s simply nobody better qualified to talk about how porn for women got its start, how far it has come and where it is headed.”
“I love any opportunity to get together with smart, talented women with whom I can speak candidly about sex and erotic expression,” Royalle said.
“You cannot talk about female pornographers and not mention Candida Royalle, whose work in pornography is every bit as groundbreaking today as it was thirty years ago,” St. James said of her esteemed co-panelist.
Throughout the discussion, viewers can tweet questions and comments of their own using the #SexTalkTuesday hashtag for Tibbals to relay to St. James and Royalle during the Q&A portion which will close the show.
“I hope women – and men! – will tune in and listen,” Royalle said. “My favorite part of any talk has always been the Q&A, and I love to be surprised. So please: tune in, call in and surprise me!”
For more information about the Mindbrowse discussion series, or to watch previous events, please visit MindBrowse.com. For more information about Sssh.com or #SexTalkTuesday please email Angie Rowntree at email@example.com
Tune in: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
3pm EST, 12pm PST
CineKink Film Festival 2015 presents Club 90 Reunion
This years annual CineKink Film Festival featured a warmly received reunion between the legendary co-founders of the first-ever adult film industry support group, Veronica Hart, Annie Sprinkle, Veronica Vera & Candida Royalle. The late Gloria Leonard was represented by a large, standing photograph of herself. The turnout was huge & welcoming as each of the members took center-stage to present her personal reflections along with clips & photos from her respective career, including brief moments in front of the camera as well as directorial turns behind the camera.
The visual part of the evening – clips & photos – began with the opening segment of Deep Inside Porn Stars, the re-enactment of one of their support group meetings that was performed back in 1983 at NYC’s Franklyn Furnace center for performing arts & culture, and is credited for putting Club 90 on the cultural landscape. This opening segment of Deep Inside was particularly moving in that it featured the late Gloria Leonard opening the re-enactment in one of her usual pithy & cleverly-written explanations of what the audience was about to see.
Read more about the event in this piece (with photos) by Cathy Brown Gigante for Ravishly.com: ravishly.com
Photo of Club 90 taken by Stacie Joy
Candida Royalle’s AfroDite Superstar Featured in Amsterdam’s Holy Fuck Film Festival
Starting on the Day of Ascension, Filmhuis Cavia hosted their infamous sex film festival, focusing on the cinematic qualities of sex and desire for LGBT and straight audiences. Ranging from soft-core to hardcore, the four day festival included seductive films and videos, underground fetish films and unseen documentaries. An unashamed approach to once again open the door for sex in cinema, following in the footsteps of Amsterdam’s Wet Dream (1970/1971) and Rated X (2007/2009) porn film festivals.
Candida was proud to have one of her films featured in this progressive and controversial film festival. Other directors whose work was featured were Petra Joy, Annie Sprinkle, Radley Metzger, Courtney Trouble, Shine Louise Houston and Buck Angel among others.
For more information about this annual event: filmhuiscavia.nl
Club 90 delivers Closing Keynote at CatalystCon West: AFTERNOON TEA WITH CLUB 90: Their Story, Their Legacy, Their Love
Five stars from the “Golden Age of Porn”, Veronica Hart, Gloria Leonard, Candida Royalle, Veronica Vera and Annie Sprinkle were the original “Sex and the City” girls. Turning to one another for the support they needed to navigate their way through life in the world of blue movies, these dynamic women created “Club 90” in 1983, forming a bond that would continue for over thirty years. They went on to pursue their personal goals, and in the process, blazed new trails in the fields of human sexuality, women’s empowerment, gender, erotic expression, and free speech. Plus they each earned doctorates!
Come get a taste of the days when NYC was America’s sex film capital, movies were shot on 35mm film, making porn was cause for arrest, and Times Square was x-rated! A time before AIDS, Internet, social media and the ubiquitous smart phone. Most of all, come share the laughs, the drama and the intimate stories of this controversial support group and be inspired to start one of your own. Gloria Leonard passed away earlier this year; a chair will be on stage to represent her undying spirit and the love felt in the hearts of her remaining Club 90 sisters. This rare reunion promises to be candid, informative and electric!
Sunday, September 14, 2014 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Moderated by Jackie Strano.
Photos by: Dona Anne McAdams, Eric Kroll, Penny Slinger, Arthur Cohen and others.
Candida makes the rounds on SEX WITH EMILY and SMASHING INTERVIEWS
While in LA to do the Closing Keynote at CatalystCon West with her Club 90 pals, Candida paid a visit to the Westwood Studios where she was a guest on Emily Morse’s highly popular “SEX with EMILY” podcast. In an extremely lively interview, they covered a whole host of topics from female insecurities to male’s penis complexities, and recurring conflicts surrounding mainstream porn to the benefits of watching couples’ porn together. They talked about Candida’s pioneering work in woman-friendly porn, breaking new ground in the sex toy industry with her natural contours line, and How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do, Candida’s book full of tips on becoming sexually empowered. Emily and Candida even acted out a couple of scripts on how to suggest things in bed. After all, men are, unfortunately not mind readers!
….and FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT:
For something a little different, here’s an “In depth and Personal” interview with Candida on a web site that specializes in digging a bit more deeply in to the stories and adventures of “compelling people” with “interesting lives”. Melissa Parker recently sat down with Candida Royalle to discuss a whole host of topics covering her work, Femme Productions, what led her to enter the field of adult entertainment and above all, to pioneer the concept of women’s erotica, and finally, her latest, most compelling project, While You Were Gone: the Untold Story of Candida Royalle, a deeply personal and candid documentary about the search for her mother who left her when she was just 18 months old. Candida also shares things she’s never gone public about, like the challenges of being in the public eye and the experience of being stalked. …..And true to the heading, “in depth and personal”, Candida also shares with Melissa her very private battle with ovarian cancer and how being a fighter and a survivor has helped her get through this toughest challenge yet.
Click here to read Candida’s interview on SMASHING INTERVIEWS: smashinginterviews.com
From Feminist Porn Pioneer to ‘Doctor Royalle’: Candida Royalle awarded Doctorate in Human Sexuality
On June 26th, 2014, Candida Royalle and two other members of Club 90, the first ever adult industry support group, were awarded the degree, Doctor of Human Sexuality, from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) in San Francisco.
Jane Hamilton (aka Veronica Hart), Veronica Vera and Candida Royalle received their degrees from Dr. Ted McIlvenna at the Institute. Gloria Leonard, who died in January, 2014, received hers posthumously.
Club 90, named after Annie Sprinkle’s Manhattan apartment where the idea of a porn star support group was hatched, was created in 1983 in order to provide friendship and support as each of these women prepared to leave their X-rated careers behind. Each of these former adult movie stars went on to become innovators in diverse fields of human sexuality.
After a long and distinguished career in adult movies, working on both sides of the camera, Jane Hamilton now uses her expertise to educate women in the U.S. and China on issues of pleasure, aging and self-esteem. Candida Royalle created Femme Productions in 1984 and became known for “pioneering erotic cinema from a woman’s perspective”, encouraging other women to follow her lead. Veronica Vera founded the world’s first cross-dressing academy, Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls, enriching the lives of trans people across the gender spectrum. Gloria Leonard debated some of the toughest anti-porn activists and toured college campuses as a self-described “stand up constitutionalist”, enlightening students on the First Amendment. She was the first president of the Free Speech Coalition. All four women, plus Annie Sprinkle, comprise Club 90, which continues to meet to this day. They credit the resulting deep and lasting friendship of their Club 90 sisters with helping to “manifest their individual dreams and successes”.
Annie Sprinkle was the first porn star to be awarded a Ph.D., which she earned from IASHS in 2002. Dr. Sprinkle will host the investiture and awards ceremony. The soon-to-be graduates will each deliver a 2½hour lecture/presentation on her life’s work at the Institute’s special “Days of The Divas” (June 24-26) as part of the curriculum. Most events are invited guests only; however, the afternoon of Thursday, June 26th will feature a “Days of the Divas Display—An Open House Meet & Greet & Show & Tell” that will display Club 90 archival materials and ephemera to which the public is cordially invited.
Founded in 1976 by Rev. Dr. Ted McIlvenna, the IASHS was the first to award advanced degrees in the newly emergent field of sexology that grew out of the sexual revolution. Wardell Pomeroy, a colleague of Alfred Kinsey, was appointed the school’s first dean. (Chris O’Donnell portrayed him in the movie “Kinsey.”) Says, Dr. McIlvenna, “These Divas personify what has always been a primary goal of the Institute, which is to spread the truth of human sexual experience in all its complexities. To acknowledge the Divas’ visionary work renews our shared commitment to that goal and helps assure our continued success.”
Candida Royalle’s ‘AfroDite Superstar’ nominated for Dusk! TV Porna Award
On September 7th, the premier TV Station for women’s erotica, Dusk! TV, based in Amsterdam, will present their very first Porna award. The nominated films were selected by thousands of women. Dusk! TV is the first TV station that requires all featured movies to be viewed and selected by a panel of women. “Porna” is a word created by Dusk! TV to describe explicit erotica that appeals to women’s sensibilities. Royalle’s Femme line has been a favorite on Dusk! TV since their debut in 2009. Royalle will be a special guest at this invitation-only event in Amsterdam.
New York City’s Golden Girls of Porn
Five adult film stars from the “Golden Age of Porn”: Veronica Hart, Gloria Leonard, Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle and Veronica Vera were the original “Sex and the City” girls. Turning to one another for the support they needed to navigate their way through life after blue movies, these dynamic women created “Club 90” in 1983, forming a bond that would continue for nearly thirty years. They went on to pursue their personal goals, and in the process, blazed new trails in the fields of human sexuality, women’s empowerment, erotic expression, and free speech. Come get a taste of the good old days when NYC was America’s sex film capital, movies were shot on 35mm film, and Times Square was x-rated! And most of all, come share the laughs, the drama & the intimate stories of this controversial support group. This rare reunion promises to be candid, informative and electric!
More info: museum.museumofsex.com
When: June 12th, 2012 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: F*ck Art Gallery 233 5th Ave New York, NY 10016
Contact:Yari Perez 212-686-6337 firstname.lastname@example.org
CineKink to Showcase Feminist Porn at 10th Annual Film Festival
The 10th anniversary edition of CineKink NYC, “the kinky film festival,” that runs from Feb. 26 through March 3 will present an afternoon dedicated to feminist porn on its closing day.
Following producer and performer Tristan Taormino’s “Feminist Porn Show”, where she’ll play a selection of clips curated from filmmakers around the world, both pioneers and newcomers, there’ll be “The Feminist Porn Panel” with filmmaker Candida Royalle, porn scholar Mireille Miller-Young, and sex-positive performers Jiz Lee, Sinnamon Love, Kelly Shibari, and Courtney Trouble for a discussion of their contributions to “The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (Feminist Press).”
“This is the book that feminist scholars, teachers, students, and activists have been waiting for! Eloquent, smart, passionate, and engaging—each page of the The Feminist Porn Book offers a timely reminder of the continued importance of feminist interventions into the politics and production of pornography.”—Carol Stabile, director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon
“I’m really happy to be a part of this exciting collection of candid and provocative essays, says Royalle of her inclusion in “The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure”. “After working for nearly three decades to bring a clear and dynamic feminine voice to erotic cinema, it’s exciting to see how far we’ve come. The girls in my college ‘women’s lib’ group would be proud of me!”
Immediately following the panel, CineKink will host a reception and book signing.
For more information about the panel, go to CineKink.com.
For more information about “The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure”, go to FeministPress.org.
First Feminist Conference on Women and Erotic Cinema in Mexico City
Candida Royalle will be heading down to Mexico City this month to take part in the first International Film Festival of Female Directors of Erotic Cinema to be held in Latin America.
“Cinema and Sex, the Feminine Glance” is taking place August 20th through 26th, at the Cultural Center Tlatelolco of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Lido Cinema, operated by National Film Archives and the Ministry of Culture.
Candida will discuss her work and introduce her feature, “Eyes of Desire”, at screenings through out the week. Other women-directors to be featured are Tristan Taormino, Jennifer Lyon Bell and Liandra Dahl.
According to the organizers of the event, “the festival’s objective is to serve as a platform for the exhibition of the most representative films, while establishing a place for dialogue, debate, and reflection from different female visions of pornography, sex, and pleasure.
In addition, three interdisciplinary panels will discuss “Pornography and Freedom of Speech,” “Appropriation of the means of representation” and “Sex, fictitious or sexual education”.
AFRODITE SUPERSTAR NOMINATED FOR SEVEN AVN AWARDS!
AVN (Adult Video News), the adult industry’s premier trade magazine, has nominated Afrodite Superstar for the following award categories: Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Music Score, Best Actress – Simone Valentino, Best Supporting Actor – Mr. Marcus, and Best Supporting Actress – India. The AVN Awards will honor the winners at what has become a highly anticipated annual spectacle of who’s who in the adult industry, held each January in Las Vegas. For tickets and more information, go to www.AVN.com.
NATURAL CONTOURS’ LATEST HOT ITEM, THE G-PLUS™, RECEIVING RAVE REVIEWS!
Natural Contours®, Candida’s line of discreet, stylish vibes, is getting rave reviews for its new G-PLUS™. The first of its kind, it’s an attachment for the Natural Contours IDÉAL™ (or any wand-type vibe like the Hitachi Magic Wand), that delivers powerful vibrations to both the clitoris and the g spot. Sue Johanson gave it a “4 briquets” review on her Hot Stuff Hibachi of Love and Sex Coach, Dr. Patti Britton advises her readers to, “Try it, you’ll thank me in the morning.”( Volume 94 YOUR SEX COACH EXPRESS November, 2007) For more info, or to buy, visit www.natural-contours.com.
CANDIDA A HIT ON THE TYRA BANKS SHOW
Candida Royalle was a guest on the Tyra Banks Show on October 8th, where the subject was the growing popularity of adult movies amongst women viewers. Royalle’s Femme™ line came out smelling like a rose after a group of women were shown different porn movies and invited to voice their reactions. Also on the show were Nina Hartley (visit Out & About to see of a shot of Candida & Nina backstage) and Violet Blue.
CANDIDA RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2007 BY THE EROTIC AWARDS
Candida Royalle was selected by a “Grand Jury of Conspicuous Sensuality” for this top honor at this year’s annual EROTIC AWARDS. Held each year in London by Tuppy Owens’ Outsiders Trust, it raises funds for “Outsiders”, a unique club for disabled people to make new friends and find partners.
AFRODITE SUPERSTAR ON THE FILM FEST CIRCUIT
Femme Chocolat’s Afrodite Superstar has been gaining recognition since its release in April ‘07. In October it was screened at no less than two major erotic film festivals, the Lost Angeles Erotica Film Fest 2007, and the 2nd PornFilmFestivalBerlin 2007, which showcases films and videos from around the globe.
NATURAL CONTOURS’® ULTIME RECEIVES AWARD
Natural Contours® received a “Vibrator of the Year” award from Vibrators.com for its innovatively shaped ULTIME™, the first vibrator created to stimulate both the clitoris and the G-spot at the same time. Candida was presented with the shiny gold trophy at her Natural Contours® booth at this year’s Adult Novelty Expo in LA. Go to ‘Out & About’ for a shot of Candida with her trophy.For more info, or to buy, visit www.natural-contours.com.
RECENT AWARDS & ACCOLADES FOR FEMME
Femme Chocolat’s debut feature, Afrodite Superstar which was nominated for seven AVN (Adult Video News) awards including best feature, best screenplay and best director, walked away with the award for Best Music. Held each year in Las Vegas, the AVN awards are the adult industries equivalent to the Oscars.
Each year AdultDVDReviews.com also gives out its Critic’s Choice™ Awards, and this year it selected Femme Productions’ Under the Covers as one of its winners.
CANDIDA’S SEXPERT ADVICE TRAVELS FAR & WIDE
Candida continues to be sought out for her sage advice about sex and relationships since the release of her book, “How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do: Sex Advice from a Woman who Knows”(Simon & Schuster). Candida shares her “Bad-Girl Sex Tricks” with writer Jennifer Benjamin in Cosmopolitan Magazine (3/08), and gives her take on “Men’s New Sexual Needs” in Glamour (4/08). Candida’s book also made her a popular ‘sexpert’ in merry ol’ England (where it’s published by Piatkus Press), where she advises men on how to “unlock female sexuality” in Men’s Health (1/08), “The Sexual Revelation”, and Men’s Fitness, (1/08) where she talks about the importance of using your hands in “Perfect Figures”. And in Taiwan, Candida was interviewed by Joslyn Yang for their #2 news paper, the Liberty Times about masturbation.
G-PLUS™ MAKES SUE JOHANSON’S TOP TOY LIST
Oxygen TV’s octogenarian sex advisor, Sue Johanson (Talk Sex with Sue) may be bidding adieu to her viewers, but not before naming her “Top Toys of the Year”, and Natural Contours’ G-PLUS™ made the grade:
Sue says “The NATURAL CONTOURS G-PLUS™ is a silicone attachment designed for the Hitachi or the NATURAL CONTOURS IDÉAL™. The double prongs are for vaginal and clitoral stimulation. At twenty bucks, it is a cheap way to turn a neck massager into a penetrating vibrator, and you know how I like cheap.” Find out more about the G-PLUS.™
UNDER THE COVERS WINS FEMINIST PORN AWARD
Femme Productions’ erotic comedy, UNDER THE COVERS, received a Feminist Porn award for the “Hottest Group Sex Scene” from Toronto’s woman-friendly erotic boutique, “Good For Her”. Candida Shares the award with her producer and co-writer, Jamye Waxman.
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