Queer Sex Works

Queer Sex Works: Money Power Sex

“Combines deeply disturbing imagery with genuine insight. Jones’ argument reaches past the commodification of sex: smiles and even thoughts are pinned down for the camera like butterflies, youths robbed of their privacy and their souls for ‘the money.’” —Chicago Reader

“Wojnarowicz’s imagery pursues the same hallucinatory effect as Rimbaud’s poetry—both attempt to break the mold of artistic stereotypes.” —Donald Kuspit

Jack H. Skirball Series

Co-presented with Outfest

With a wide range of piercingly personal perspectives, this screening of experimental films made by queer and non-queer artists explores a markedly different outlook about sex work. Be they strippers, hustlers, rent boys, go-go dancers, escorts, whores, pro-dommes, pornographers or rough trade, they do it for the money. Yet, unlike their straight counterparts, they are ”outsiders” in relation to the status quo. Sex work is a job with class, gender, race and power inequalities like any other, but with added social stigma, legal and, potentially, even physical danger. The program includes a reconstruction of the legendary A Fire in My Belly, A Work in Progress (1986–87) by David Wojnarowicz and The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998) by William E. Jones, among others.

In person: Kristin “KP” Pepe and William E. Jones

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Curated by Kristin (KP) Pepe.

This program contains explicit sexual content.

Associated Images: 

MON 3/4
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff