I already told you once, It’s Not Porn!

Warning: The trailer below contains some nudity. If you don’t want to see it, then don’t look!


It’s Not Porn – A Documentary (Trailer) from Cianna Stewart on Vimeo.

The initial trailer is ready for Cianna P. Stewart’s new documentary It’s Not Porn: Behind the doors of a modern pin-up company. As a reminder, the basic treatment is as follows:

In the world of erotic photography, sexy women are objects whose pictures garner huge profits for other people. A handful of young entrepreneurs have decided to upset this system, putting control into the hands of the models & photographers, challenging who defines “sexy,” and creating a new revenue model for the next wave of the internet. Will they succeed? And what happens when regular women become known as online pin-up stars?

Cianna is still looking for investors to help complete the film, which she hopes to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2010; so if you happen to know anyone willing to buy shares, head over to Thumbnail Productions and get in touch.

The company being profiled, Zivity has been garnering a fair amount of attention in the press lately, and the quality of the photoshoots are outstanding. If you think you’ve got something to offer, then head on over and apply to be in the beta … it’s currently free, but when the site comes out of public beta early next year, it will be subscription-based; probably around $10.00/month.

I’ve got ten invites to give out, and I’ve been hoarding them … but if you want one, let me know (and why).

6 Comments

  1. “…challenging who defines ‘sexy'”

    I don’t think Zivity challenges who or what is defined as “sexy” at all. Zivity is creating the same voyeurism about the same subjects that have always been considered sexy by the establishment: young women scantily clad or naked for the pleasure of straight heterosexual men.

    How is this challenging, or different, from anything done before? Maybe the way they pay the women and photographers is new (voting resulting in future subscription fees being shared with women/photographers). But who and what is sexy at Zivity has nothing new. It’s the same old stuff. And the voyeurs are the same: straight men. How is that different?

    So far the trailer for the documentary is just a love note to Zivity. Is Stewart skeptical that it will work out for women who don’t have careers in the porn industry to enter it? What happens to their careers when their otherwise non-porn lives are exposed to the porn they engage in? What happens if they are ruined and can’t work anymore in what they once did? Is Zivity going to help them? Or just laugh all the way to the bank?

    When does Zivity start allowing images that are non-standard — instead of young women shot in arousing poses for straight men, non-standard might mean gay men for gay men, or lesbian women for lesbian women or fetish porn shots? Right now, Zivity isn’t doing anything innovative, and Stewart doesn’t seem to be making a documentary that does anything to question this, or ask any hard questions.

    This trailer is more like an advertisement for Zivity.

  2. I have already asked Cyan Banister (founder and CEO) when they will be adding beefcake to the cheesecake, for those who lead alternative lifestyles (or simply have different gender preferences in what they like to view as erotic art).

    Many of the photoshoots do have a fetishistic bent to them, and many of the pictorials are also non-nude; modern interpretations of pin-up shots from the mid-20th Century.

    Have you experienced what Zivity has to offer, or are you only going off the trailer?

    If you want/need an invite to Zivity, please let me know, and I’m happy to share.

  3. Thanks all for watching the trailer. To answer your questions, Stacy: I am curious in particular about what happens to the women who have never modeled before as they get more involved with Zivity. Even at the beginning their self-image changes, and once they become more well known for doing sexy pictures I’m wondering how it will affect the rest of their lives. I’m also curious about how Zivity does intend to carry through on their stated intention to shake up the current standards of beauty. They are also going to be involved in the ongoing debate about what is and is not pornographic, a question which I think is interesting to pursue and am happy that this can be a vehicle for that discussion.

    I’m at the early stages of filming this project and don’t know where the stories will go — but that is the joy of being a documentarian!

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