By Indiewire | Indiewire January 6, 2003 at 2:00AM
John Cameron Mitchell and Process Team for Sexy New Project; Actors Wanted
by Eugene Hernandez
(indieWIRE: 01.06.03) -- A sexually explicit new film project from John Cameron Mitchell and Process has folks in New York's indie community buzzing. "The Sex Film Project," Mitchell's film follow-up to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," is currently casting. The director has joined forces with Process producers Tim Perell and Howard Gertler ("World Traveler," "In God's Hands") and casting director Susan Shopmaker ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Party Monster"). The team are starting to talk about the project in order to find actors for what will not doubt be a button-pushing film.
"Why can't there be a movie that tells a strong story, is full of humor and pathos, is packed with powerful performances, and features a lot of explicit sex," asks the filmmakers' new website (www.thesexfilmproject.com), which is seeking cast for the project. Continuing, the team offers, "Sex is a conversation. Why can't a scene with two people having real sex be as dramatically interesting as a scene with them talking in a restaurant?"
Aware that the racy subject matter makes it difficult to secure professional actors, not to mention concerns among performer's agents, Mitchell told indieWIRE that he is confident the casting call will yield a solid crop of participants. Mitchell plans to develop the script, with the actors, through improvisation.
The script, with a primarily gay male storyline, will be set in what Mitchell calls "a modern New York City pansexual bohemian environment where gender, sexuality, art, music and politics are fluid and volatile." He himself will not have a role in the film. "I think that would be a little arrogant," he quipped.
"The courts define porn as something that is devoid of artistic intent," Mitchell told indieWIRE this weekend, "Our intent is much more than prurient." In the conversation, Mitchell singled out Frank Ripploh's "Taxi Zum Klo" as an as example of a movie with a really strong narrative, where the sex was part of the story. Continuing he added, "If people are turned on, it will be necessary for the story -- the sex will never be gratuitous, it will always be necessary for what's going on in the story."
Making a distinction from recent sexy art films, and pornography, Mitchell asked, "Why not have stuff that is very erotic, very exiting, very emotional and very funny." As he explains on "The Sex Film Project' website, John Cameron Mitchell affirmed to indieWIRE, "Why can't there be a film that makes you say, "I laughed, I cried, I came!" [Eugene Hernandez]
[For more information on the project or casting, please visit: http://www.thesexfilmproject.com. Please note, as a warning indicates, the web site contains and discusses material which may not be suitable for all audiences.]