“Kink,” a documentary about the porn web site Kink.com, debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Yesterday, the film, which explores the largest BDSM online porn empire, released a new trailer in anticipation of a limited release. I’ve heard complaints about the film — it’s “boring” (which is unfortunately always something that some kinky folks say in order to be dismissive); it doesn’t address allegations of abuse at Kink.com — but I’ll see it regardless. Christina Voros directed “Kink” and James Franco executive produced, so you better believe I want to know how they handled the material. Also, this probably goes without saying, but the trailer is NSFW! [Queerty; First Showing]
I’m sure you had plans for the day, but you’re going to have to put them aside for six minutes and fall in love with this stranger on the internet. His name is Jonathan Novick, he’s a filmmaker, he’s a little person, and he’s a total badass. Using a hidden camera that looks like a regular shirt button, Jon takes us with him as he goes out and about on an average day, giving us the chance to see the rudeness of strangers through his eyes. Read more on The Gloss…
“It’s a good thing that boys are challenged the way they’re taught their exclusive activity is open only to them.” These are the words of a 25-year-old man named Sam. He may as well be speaking about any male-dominated space — ground combat, restaurant kitchens, construction work — but Sam was referring to one space in particular: Dungeons & Dragons games. The stereotype of the typical D&D gamer is man or a boy, in particular one who is socially awkward, skinny, and sporting glasses. As a result, role-playing games are not traditionally acknowledged as something women and girls do (although they totally do). In this short documentary by Meredith Jacobson, four middle-school-aged boys and four middle-school-aged girls play D&D together for the first time, while Sam the Dungeon Master oversees the co-ed experiment. It might just inspire you to pick up some polyhedral dice yourself! [Vimeo via The Mary Sue]
Looking for something to do with a little bit of cash in your pocket? Consider contributing to the Kickstarter fundraiser for “Dream, Girl,” a documentary about boss-ladies. “Dream, Girl,” directed by Erin Bagwell, will focus on female entrepreneurs and their startups, showing to the younger generation that CEO can be your favorite position, too. They will interview women who lead their own startups in a wide variety of fields — from ice cream to underwear — and focus on the common struggles they face, as well as the investors who believe in these women’s businesses. While “Dream, Girl” is not affiliated with Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” campaign, it looks to be in the same spirit! Won’t you consider helping these ladies out? [Kickstarter]
Remember last November when San Francisco transformed into Gotham City so a little boy with leukemia could be Batkid for a day? And how nobody could stop crying a million tears about how touching it was? Batkid made such an impact that he’ll be getting his own documentary. “Batkid Begins” takes a look at what went into making five-year-old Miles Scott’s dream come true and why it struck a chord with so many people. The film will be released in select theaters on November 15 and quite possibly restore your faith in humanity. [US Weekly]
I got married very quickly: we had only been dating for five months. I didn’t doubt that I’d found the man I wanted to spend my life with, but I did feel confused in the weeks and months after we’d gotten hitched what marriage was supposed to mean and if so, how should we make it work? We knew why we got married romantically and we knew why we got married legally — but was that all there was to it? In an upcoming HBO documentary airing on Monday, June 30th, a documentary filmmaker who pays his bills by doing wedding videography, seeks to explain the secrets of wedded bliss. In “112 Weddings,” Doug Block went back and interviewed former clients whose weddings he filmed to check in on how matrimony turned out. Some explain how they’ve kept a relationship alive all this time; others explain how their nuptials lead to divorce. Sounds like a film to watch with the husband, yes?