My video production career started with The Bi Apple, a bisexual feature porn film that I produced and directed in 2006 and was released in February 2007. In the fall of 2007 I learned to shoot and edit video on two different projects: my Live Girl Review video podcast and my comedic short Dacia’s Love Machine. From April to August 2008 I produced, shot, and edited a weekly video podcast for the Village Voice called Naked City TV. Since the fall of 2008 I have been most active in producing short videos for the International Women’s Health Coalition. I also use video to document my monthly storytelling series Sex Worker Literati.
Here’s the stuff I’m most proud of – you can also check out miscellaneous videos on YouTube, subscribe to Sex Worker Literati videos on iTunes or Miro, and watch more of the videos I’ve made for the International Women’s Health Coalition on the IWHC YouTube channel.
SANGRAM: Sex Worker Organizing in India
A collaborative film between the International Women’s Health Coalition and SANGRAM
Shot and edited by Audacia Ray in September-October 2009
Based in a rural community in Indiaï¿½s Maharashtra State, SANGRAM works to ensure equal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support: Over 6,000 women in rural India have participated in HIV testing as a result of these efforts. Drawing on 15 years of work to empower marginalized communities to claim their rights, SANGRAM is becoming an increasingly strong advocate nationally, and globally for health policies and programs that are responsive to the real-life needs of local communities.
Naked City: Village Voice Video Podcast
Naked City TV was a weekly video show produced, shot, and edited by Audacia Ray, which ran from April to August 2008. The show complemented the now-defunct Village Voice Media sexuality blog Naked City.
During it’s fifteen-episode run, the show featured interviews with Xaviera Hollander, Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence, Eric Kroll, plus many other erotic artists, performers, sexuality experts, and activists. In addition to interviews conducted in New York, Dacia shot episodes in Amsterdam, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Chicago.
Dacia’s Love Machine: Comedic Short
Working in the adult industry has its perks, but the glory of free porn and sex toys wears off quicker than youï¿½d think. Writer, porn director, and sex toy reviewer Audacia Ray has been the recipient of a number of strange devices over the years, but when she receives a Love Machine for review, she realizes that her New York apartment just isnï¿½t big enough for the both of them.
Like many New Yorkers before her, Dacia turns to Craigslist to shed her unwanted miscellaneous objects. After deleting some emails with creepy propositions, Dacia welcomes potential love machine adopters into her Brooklyn apartment.
Directed/produced by Audacia Ray and Rob Daly
Teaser features the music of Plastic Eaters
Live Girl Review: Sex Media & Culture Reviews
Live Girl Review offers up video reviews of sexual culture and media: books, film, art, and yes ï¿½ porno and sex toys. Not always well-behaved and tasteful, but always smart and critical, while never losing sight of that whole fun thing. The show is hosted by Audacia Ray and features special guests like sex educator Jamye Waxman.
Live Girl Review ran from November 2007 to October 2008. During its run, Dacia produced more than 100 short reviews and four long-form episodes.
The Bi Apple: Feature Length Bisexual Porn Film
The Bi Apple is the tale of Simone Valentino, a young sex researcher who ventures to New York City to study a group of bisexuals who hang out in an apartment they call the fuckhouse. As she watches and takes notes, Simone realizes that as much as she enjoys her job, sheâ€™s more than a little turned on by watching – especially boy-on-boy action.
Starring Simone Valentino (2007 AVN Best Actress nominee for her performance in Aphrodite Superstar) and featuring Tasty Trixie and Tucker Lee, Mariah Ritani and Tyler Marciano, Antonio Rodickuez, ReVay, and Josh.
The Bi Apple features straight, strap-on, boy-boy, girl-girl, and boy-boy-girl sex scenes, and an all-natural bodied, racially diverse cast.
Within a month of its release, The Bi Apple became a best-seller for Adam and Eve, and on June 1, 2007 the film won “Hottest Bisexual Sex Scene” at the 2007 Feminist Porn Awards sponsored by Good for Her in Toronto. The film was also nominated for a GayVN Award for “Best Bisexual Release” and was recognized on Eros Zine’s Best Porn of 2007 list. [At right, Simone Valentino accepts the award in Toronto]
Violet Blue recommended The Bi Apple in her Oprah Magazine piece on porn for women, “Eyes Wide Open,” which appeared in the July 2007 issue. This is what she had to say about the movie:
Outspoken sex blogger and activist Audacia Ray makes her directing debut with a film about one womanâ€™s bisexual exploration. â€œWhat sets this film apart is that itâ€™s got an African-American lead, which you almost never see in porn.â€
In addition to many (ahem) private screenings, The Bi Apple has been screened publicly at festivals in three countries. The Bi Apple was shown as part of the C*lick Me Netporn Festival at Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on June 2, 2007; in the New Filmmakers Series at the Anthology Film Archives in New York on July 24, 2007; as part of the Berlin Porn Film Festival which ran from October 24-28, 2007 in Berlin, Germany; and in the â€œNew York Storiesâ€ program at CineKink in New York on February 27, 2008.
Praise for The Bi Apple
“Directress Audacia Ray’s bisexual odyssey is in many ways an attempt to cast a commercial porn genre in light that reflects the community it actually representsâ€”and as such it’s largely successful, though the political pedagogy of the bisexual movie in Porn Valley remains as unshaken as ever. Doubtless men who like bisexual porn will continued to be defined by Adam & Eve, as with every other studio, as part of the “gay” segment, and women who like bisexual porn will be dismissively said not to exist, but at least The Bi Apple is around to prove both those cherished marketing beliefs wrong, wrong, wrong!”
-Eros Zine’s Best Porn of 2007
What happens when innocent college student, Simone Valentino, is sent to do a research study about the sexual behavior of queer NYC couples? Well, apparently one of the best bisexual movies to come out in years. This flick has it all: straight sex, pegging, boy-on-boy, girl-on-girl and other equally enticing combinations of the above. Well shot with an attractive, relaxed and culturally diverse cast The Bi Apple has a little something to make everyone smile – and then some! -Good for Her, Toronto
“The Bi Apple is a new brand of adult movie, one that aims to be “pansexual”; that is, it wants to cater to a sexually broad audience, one not bound by traditional “niches” or kinks. It aims to appeal to women as well as men, to gay and bi viewers as well as hetero ones. This film situates itself somewhere along Kinsey’s fluid scale of sexuality which makes for a nice change.”
“Nerdy, sexy and straight-up fuckable folks combine in delicious combinations that will give you a whole new reason to LOVE New York!”
-The Smitten Kitten, Minneapolis
“[The Bi Apple is] a groovy pervy celebration of polymporphous pansexuality, with the beautiful Simone Valentino playing a sex researcher come to explore the wonders of The Fuck House, a New York hangout for oddball folks with fluid sexual preferences. A quirky film that’s all about having fun with whoever’s handy, regardless of their gender or sex.”
-Blowfish, San Francisco