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Dana Vespoli Says Porn Valley is More Progressive Than Hollywood

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Feb 11, 2015 11:22 AM PST    Text size: 

VENICE, Calif. — International Business Times has tackled a topic that will shock the Hollywood elite who tend to consider themselves progressives: they may be falling behind the adult industry.

“Fewer than eight percent of the top-grossing Hollywood movies in 2014 were directed by women,” Barbara Herman writes for IBT. “And while media discussion of the ‘director gap’ in Hollywood is growing, particularly after the Ava DuVernay ‘Best Director’ Oscars snub for Selma, one film industry seems to have no problem employing female directors or handing them awards: the adult film industry.”

Dana Vespoli is one of the first people to have her phone ring when the topic of “women in porn” comes up, as it often does, but you won’t see her trying to get attention just because she’s a female director — her work speaks for itself.

“Although [Dana] balks at the idea that women have a different style of directing, there’s no question women bring different experiences and viewpoints to their work — a contrast to the largely male vision that dominates Hollywood,” Herman writes.

Saying that her work “tends to be dark,” Dana describes a recent series of films she shot titled “Fluid,” which explored water bondage, and one scene even featured “light waterboarding.” Recently, Vespoli directed a film called “Girl/Boy” starring Jiz Lee and Vespoli’s ex-husband, porn star Manuel Ferrara, with whom Vespoli has children.

Dana stars in Glenn King’s “Maneaters 4: All Bush Edition” for Evil Angel, releasing this week.

For more information, visit EvilAngel-Video.com/dana_vespoli.

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