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Mining the Porn Industry: An ‘Auteur’ Interview

Mining the Porn Industry: An 'Auteur' Interview

James Westby, director of The Auteur, answers some questions for indieWIRE in honor of the film’s new release on iTunes and Amazon VOD. Among the revelations: he was obsessed with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, the star of his new film gained 40 pounds for the role, and his proudest achievement involves fake semen. From Westby’s words:

Getting into Tribeca certainly raised the profile for the movie, and the most-asked question at our Q&As was “how are you going to distribute this film?” based on its content. But we honestly had the attitude that this was a movie that just was what it was. My producers and I are most excited about the on-demand possibilities for it, having had a very successful run theatrically here in Portland (which still continues). It’s very nice to be able to send a link to iTunes or Amazon to anyone who wants to see it. There is an IFC TV featurette on the movie that for some reason has almost 10 million views, which has helped a lot. I think people love their fake porn.

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