Alt-Porn Documentary Trailer Unveiled

Bob Johnson

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Filmmaker Ramzi Abed has unveiled the trailer for his upcoming film “The New Erotic,” a documentary on the alt-porn scene.

The movie features adult filmmakers Eon McKai, Kimberly Kane, Vena Virago, Dave Naz and Jack the Zipper.

The trailer can be seen at indie studio Halo8.

A company statement describes the film as “…the first documentary focusing on the fearless erotic artists working in the so-called ‘alt porn’ scene, where punks, gallery artists, and visual designers create edgy, pornographic films that fly in the face of conventional eroticism and redefine beauty. Renaming themselves after punk heroes and serial killers, they eschew the previous generation of cosmetically enhanced professional porn stars, instead filming their naturally figured, mostly non-blonde hipster friends in a unique style that borrows its edge from New York City'’s Cinema of Transgression and mashes it up against a 'mumblecore' aesthetic with a post-Suicide-Girls/post-American-Apparel sensibility.”

“Ramzi Abed has created this generation’s ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ with his thoughtful and provocative look at the erotic-auteurs creating transgressive, counter cultural art in a field primarily known for exploitation,” said Matt Pizzolo, president of Halo-8.

He added, “Unlike most filmmakers on either side of the Hollywood Hills, the artists Ramzi focuses on are young, risk-taking visionaries who are creating startlingly new and daringly confrontational visual stories that evoke a brash sensibility unique to the internet-generation. These creators are every bit as fresh and dangerous as the punk pioneers profiled in Penelope Spheeris’ classic ‘Decline.’”

Abed is best known for themes of taboo-breaking, self-destructive youth-on-the-edge. A cinematic style he said makes him uniquely suited to document such "passionate and unhinged artists."

The director’s recent psychedelic-horror feature film “In a Spiral State” (also distributed by Halo-8) focused on the flawed artists, frauds, drug addicts, suicidal actresses, and murderous femme fatales in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

“I’m ecstatic about Halo-8’s confidence in my vision as a filmmaker and their upcoming release of ‘The New Erotic,’ which is the first and only documentary I’ve ever directed,” said Abed. “It’s a great feeling knowing that I have their support on such an exciting and unique project. I admire Halo-8’s commitment to distributing cinematic art, and am very proud to have them in my subversive court.”

The new film marks the third collaboration between Halo-8 and Abed and is slated for a summer limited theatrical run followed shortly after by VOD and a DVD/Blu-ray release.

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