SAN FRANCISCO — The first public screening of “Marriage 2.0” will be held on May 2 in San Francisco to raise funds toward the St. James Infirmary for sex workers and the Center for Sex & Culture.
The evening will begin with red carpet arrivals, a VIP party, and the screening at 8:30 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow featuring Nina Hartley, Mickey Mod, Dylan Ryan, Andre Shakti, director Paul Deeb, and writer Magnus Sullivan. Author and cast member Carol Queen will moderate the Q&A.
“It’s truly an honor to screen ‘Marriage 2.0’ to the public for the first time and raise funds and awareness of the work being done by San Francisco’s St. James Infirmary and by the Center for Sex & Culture in the process,” screenwriter/producer Magnus Sullivan said.
Sullican added, “St. James has been a key provider of medical services to sex workers while the Center for Sex & Culture has been promoting healthy attitudes toward sex for years.”
The film features performances from adult stars such as India Summer, Ryan Driller, Dylan Ryan, Nina Hartley, and Mickey Mod, along with appearances from sex and relationship experts, such as Emily Morse, Chris Ryan, Marcia Baczynski, Carol Queen, and Reid Mihalko.
In the movie, a couple (Summer and Driller) embark on their search for personal freedom, as well as emotional and sexual bliss within the context of an honest and committed modern relationship.
“Marriage 2.0 strives to show the complexities and triumphs of modern relationships in all their varied forms,” said Ryan, who plays Kara in the film. “I think it beautifully captures real intimacy, sex and connection in a way that few films ever have and it breaks the barriers of what we think of as porn and encourages development of the feminist porn genre.”
Hartley, who plays India’s mother in the film, said the movie gives filmgoers a fresh approach to portraying sex in cinema: “Marriage 2.0 qualifies as a 'feminist film' on many levels but most of all because it treats the emotional life and sexual satisfaction of both women and men as equally important and meaningful.”
She added, “None of this 'women feel more than men' or 'men don't want intimacy and women do' nonsense. It’s a great film.”
The producers noted that the movie delves into the nature of commitment and relationships by weaving hardcore sex into a compelling, touching, and controversial narrative, which ultimately drives a film that challenges the portrayal of sex in cinema.
The film was produced by LionReach Productions and distributed by Adam & Eve. It has earned a nomination for the Feminist Porn Awards, scheduled for April 15-17 in Toronto. In addition, the un-rated version of the film, which received the Best Narrative award at New York’s CineKink Film Festival last month, premiered Feb. 26 on AdamAndEveTV.com, an Adam & Eve property powered by GameLink.com.
The fund-raising event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., San Francisco, California. For tickets to the screening, click here. Attendees must be 21 or older.
For more information on St. James Infirmary and the Center for Sex & Culture, visit StJamesInfirmary.com and SexAndCulture.org.