Kimberly Kane Gets High With ‘Morphine’

Kimberly Kane Gets High With ‘Morphine’
Joanne Cachapero
LOS ANGELES — Performer-director Kimberly Kane’s latest release from Vivid-Alt starts out something like this:

“Faith Leon is driving an old Cadillac down an empty highway, and Audrey [Hollander] is hitching down the highway. She gets picked up, and it goes into one of the gnarliest girl/girl scenes I’ve ever seen,” Kane told XBIZ.

“I almost cried because it was so good,” she said, describing how the footage looked in editing. “It sounds lame, but I was like, ‘This is it. People are going to dig this.’”

“Morphine” is Kane’s second directorial offering from Vivid Alt, following on “Triple Ecstasy.” She said that the new title is like the “grown-up big sister” version of her dark, hardcore vision, compared to “Triple Ecstasy.”

“My favorite part of the movie is the sex,” Kane said. “It’s nasty and that’s the most important thing to me in a porno — because that’s what I’m making. I’m not making an art project. I’m not trying to be anything that I’m not. I’m a pornographer, and this movie is nasty.”

Based on real-life events that took place at a strip club called The Sugar Shack, Kane tells the semiautobiographical story of a girl who descends into a life of drug addiction and prostitution, while dreaming of become a songwriter in Nashville.

Kane was not specific about details from her personal stories, but has posted a “Sugar Shack featurette” on YouTube with some of her recollections. The video clip has been up for less than a week and already attracted more than 3,000 views.

During preproduction, Kane spent time in Nashville to flesh out the storyline and to collect ideas for Vivid-Alt director Octavio Winkytiki, who was art director on “Morphine.”

“I spent a week soaking in the atmosphere, taking photos, getting drunk — like really becoming this character,” Kane said.

“When I came back I brought back photos, stories and all these things so Octavio could take my experiences and create the bar, the atmosphere and the clothes.”

Kane as a performer is eclectic and under-the-radar, blending extreme sex with a slinky blonde elegance that is hard to categorize.

“Performing in really cool people’s movies," she added, "like Joe Gallant, or Bob Coulter or Eon [McKai], and other rad people — I feel the same way about a project with them as I do with my own, so I’ll put 100 percent into it.”

As a director, Kane is bringing her own hardcore sensibilities to the forefront. She cites Elegant Angel’s Mason as her favorite director, and like Mason, Kane may join the ranks of an alternative breed of women directors that are not afraid to go to extremes.

“Directing takes a lot out of you,” Kane said. “And for me, I just don’t put anything out there, so I really get into every project. The result is a lot more enjoyable than just going to work."

Kane said Vivid-Alt founder McKai has given complete creative control to her with each title she’s directed.

“Eon gave me the biggest compliment in the world,” Kane said. “He said that he’s learned more on how to shoot sex by watching me and how I do things — he’s learned a lot about sexuality on film. So I think that’s a really big compliment.”

Vivid veteran director Paul Thomas also gave feedback to the fledgling director.

“He picked up my movie in the office, and he watched it and he’s actually critiquing it like I’m a student,” Kane said. “It’s really amazing. He said I have great potential, and I’m like, ‘What?’”

Kane said that she was almost frightened when “Morphine” got close to being released; she is anxious for people to like it because she feels it is her best work yet.

“The only thing that I don’t like about the movie is the chaptering is clunky. It skips over a lot of stuff,” Kane explained. “If you chapter through it, you’ll miss 50 percent of the movie, and that sucks to me. So scan through — don’t chapter.”

“Morphine” is available now for preorders, and stars Audrey Hollander, Faith Leon, Jada Fire, Ashley Blue, April Flores, Otto Bauer, Alex Gonz, Jerry, Julius Ceazher, Zak Atak and Kimberly Kane.

For sales information, contact David Peskin at (866) 466-6969, ext. 108 or by email at davep@pulsedistribution.com.

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