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Remy LaCroix is this Year’s Triple Crown!

Remy LaCroix secured her title as this year’s Triple Crown winner in the Best Actress category (for The Temptation of Eve). She joins the ranks of the incredible, Steven St. Croix who was last year’s Triple Crown in the Best Actor category (for Torn). 

At the dinner preceding the XRCO awards, I relayed my hope to her for this. She worked so hard and gave so much of herself to the role of Eve. As a director, I could not be more ecstatic or proud of her. What a year!!! 

Are Women Just Catty or Are Their Objections Justified? - As Asked By a Fan of Adult

This question was asked by a man who emails me occasionally with questions about the adult industry. Unfortunately the question exceeded the characters allowed on my website form, but I felt it necessary to post the response here publicly for everyone to read.

I just thought of another question/comment about the industry… In the last year or so, I’ve been following a lot of my favorite stars on Twitter and last night, I got to witness (at least part of) a rather ugly exchange between some starlets (ones whom I really like) over Belle Knox’s win at Exxxotica. She won best newcomer. It seems like the industry performers, directors, etc. have all taken sides in either defending her words, actions, and choices or condemning her (in rather unpleasant words). Big names like Nina Hartley and Kayden Kross seem to wholly support and respect her, while Tasha Reign and Belle Noire have roundly criticized her. 

From what I can gather, the support comes because an intelligent, attractive young woman has handled with relative grace a lot of media exposure and through her self-confidence and eloquence been able to provide an intellectual defense of what many see as a seedy/explotative industry. The attacks come from her support of a tube site, her newness to the industry, and related to that, her elevation to what seems to be a spokesperson for adult entertainment.

For my part, I hate to see people who ought to be working together to make the industry stronger tearing one another down. I cannot pick a side in this fight/debate because I really enjoy and respect the performers on both sides. While I do recognize her support of tube sites is tantamount to supporting piracy, it seems to me that much of the vitriol coming from her detractors is unwarranted. I don’t feel that she asked to be so quickly thrust into this media firestorm or become the de facto representative of the industry, and instead has tried to make the best of it, both for herself and for adult entertainment. So, I can’t help but think that much of this resentment is just sour grapes from veteran performers who never caught the eyes of mainstream media.  

I’d like to know your thoughts on this whole fiasco. Should people in the industry be publicly attacking their own? Or is it better to just keep silent and let events unfold?

Also, I’ve noticed a number of other stars (mostly female) that have been wearing tube site logos.  I think I just saw a photo on Twitter of Nicole Aniston (another favorite of mine) wearing one of their logo tank tops. Why would performers support these sites? Especially performers who have their own subscription based sites…

Thanks again for giving me an inside look into your world :) 

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Ok, let me start off by saying - unless we are talking about football or basketball or hockey, etc., winning anything is ALWAYS subjective. We are happy with the win when we feel it is deserving (based on our own criteria of what is deserving) and we are disappointed in a win when we feel it is unfair (based on our own criteria of what is unfair).

Secondly, before I fully answer this question I think it’s important to make my own disclaimer. I do not in any way support harassing anyone online or in person EVER and I am empathetic to anyone who finds themselves the target of cruelty.

What I think is important to distinguish is the difference between harassment and critical opinion (opinion being the operative word here). It’s not bullying or harassing to say, “This person didn’t deserve to win.” It is bullying to attack somebody’s physical appearance or their character or to slander them. I would never support anyone who did that to this woman - or to anybody else. 

Categorizing the female performers who are outraged by the win as “jealous” or “sour grapes” is incredibly narrow sighted. Are people not entitled to voice a contradictory opinion for any other reason than jealousy? That’s ludicrous. However, that’s not to say that some performers may actually be jealous and resentful of this woman’s success. I am sure many are. She is basking in the limelight of media success that few will ever attain and so far she has done so relatively gracefully. I can’t imagine the  scrutiny anyone faces in the public eye. People have been unthinkably cruel towards her in some ways and the fact that her family has become part of this public attack is absolutely barbaric.

What’s important to remember is that people can have different experiences with different people. One person might say, “Oh this person is the nicest person I’ve ever met.” Another might say, “Really? I think she’s a complete bitch.” Who’s right? Neither. They are opinions based solely on the individual’s perception of who that person is. This is why you are seeing such a disconnect in people’s opinions. 

The disgruntled tweets about Exxxotica (which I admittedly partook in),  stemmed from the fact that so many of the nominated performers had worked nearly a year on their careers and in building their fan base only to watch somebody come in and snag an award they felt entitled to. It was a source of incredible frustration. Believe me, she wasn’t the first one to receive the “That’s not fair you won” objections. Every award show is typically followed by people passive aggressively hate tweeting about the “injustice of awards.” This one was no exception. Who is most deserving? The person who secured enough votes to win? Or the people who didn’t garner enough votes to win? Neither. It’s an award. Albeit fan voted…but it’s still an award and even fan voted awards have their own bias. (But we are, certainly, entitled to vocalize our opinions about it).

There will always be those who oppose her and those who support her. And both groups are right. That’s the beauty of opinion. 

As far as keeping silent - I think you’re onto something. It’s always the best course of action not to stir the pot - it opens you up to criticisms, vicious attacks, etc. However, for me, it’s important to vocalize solidarity with those I empathize with and that is all I have ever done. I greatly empathize with the performers who have far more achievements and accolades under their belt who feel overlooked and undervalued.

That’s my two cents. And that two cents is neither right nor wrong. It’s…(I’m beating a dead horse here) AN OPINION! 

Sidenote: 

With regards to your question regarding the endorsement of Tube Sites, check out this fantastic piece Nightline did with Nate Glass and a few industry performers. It sheds light on the monopoly tube sites have created and why so many performers are paralyzed w/fear by them. But keep in mind, it’s a very different thing to endorse a tube site than to shoot for the companies funding them. You’ll see why when you watch the video.

Anonymous asked: how much say do u have in who u can put in your films

I always go to my boss with my wish list of who I want to work with or hire on a particular project. So far, it’s always worked out. He trusts my ability to cast, given my background working with casting directors in my “civilian life.” And when somebody doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of the line we’re shooting - I fight for them. If I believe in you and your ability, I’ll present the best case for us to hire you. I’m passionate about what I do. As Steven St. Croix says, I lead with my heart…and that’s absolutely true. 

Riley Reid in her first leading role in The Friend Zone.

Historically, if you look at some of the films I’ve cast for New Sensations, you’ll discover quite a few performers who hadn’t had leading roles in a feature prior to working with us. Riley Reid, Remy LaCroix, Romi Rain, etc. We love taking risks on good people. So far, those risks have paid off. 

Vanilla DeVille’s Bubble Bath with Xander Corvus

Check them out in Big Milf Juggs 3…and watch the passion ignite.

roxyshadowfang asked: Hello Jacky! I have had the pleasure of seeing a few of your films! so far my favorite is the submission of Emma Marx I have have several questions! who is the male actor in Emma Marx? Secondly I think its great what your doing but what exactly you got into writing these things? are there any other female writers etc that you'd reccomend? Thanks for everything!

Thank you so much for reaching out! I am beyond thrilled that you enjoyed Emma Marx.

In response to your questions:

1). The male actor in Emma Marx is Richie Calhoun. He also appears as the lead  in two other features that I wrote: Love Marriage and Other Bad Ideas and Love is a Dangerous Game (both are romantic comedies).

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Photo by: Jeff Koga

2). I’ve always had a very sexually driven mind and I love writing. When the opportunity presented itself to write in the adult industry - I could hardly pass up the opportunity. Marrying two great passions of mine has proven to be the greatest, most positive shift in my life. I love everything about what I do. 

3). I also recommend the work of Stormy Daniels and Erika Lust. Both are women who possess an insane amount of talent and are both incredibly driven, legit female directors. From Stormy, I’d first recommend you watch, Heart Strings. It’s a sweet, romantic story with very talented actors and expert direction. Erika Lusts’s Cabaret Desire is an erotic, engaging, high quality film that will leave you begging for more.

If I might add, some other films I’ve written or directed, that I highly recommend are: Torn, The Temptation of Eve, The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee, and The Friend Zone. Let me know if you check out any of the recommended films! I’d love your feedback.

All the best!!!

Anyone who ever doubted that a hula hoop could be sexy - watch this. Remy is the truest, goddess of fabulous there ever was. Good luck at The Edi’s tonight my beautiful friend!

Anonymous asked: As a director, how often do you have to "interrupt" scenes (particularly sex scenes) to adjust lighting, positions, cameras, etc.? Some films seem to be very continuous, with little break in the action. Others seem to involve more cuts.

I tend to let things happen organically and try not to cut - unless the performers need a break, or if Eddie Powell (who shoots all of my content) sees an issue in the shot.

Photo by: Jeff Koga (going over parameters of a sex scene with Raylene, Samantha Ryan, and Tom Byron on set of Torn)

Obviously, it is a production and we can’t just ignore lighting, sound, and other issues that can present themselves during a scene - but with regards to sex, I strongly prefer giving all direction to the performers before each scene. I tell them what I hope to accomplish in the scene and any specifics I find important. I also go over what positions they like, which ones they don’t, and encourage them to really enjoy the sex and do what feels good to them. I cannot stand formulaic sex, in which a certain number of positions must be achieved and completed. Nothing is more frustrating than watching an adult scene and feeling how strongly it was choreographed, right down to the position change.  

Thanks for asking! Great question.

Anonymous asked: Regarding the male talent, do they too (like female performers) have lists of things they won't do or performers they won't work with? And do the "bankable actors" like James Deen, Manuel Ferrara, Lex Steele, and Dane Cross get to command a higher rate of pay for scenes than lesser known performers?

Everyone can have a “no” or a “yes” list. I’ve found, however, that the male performers are less likely to have “no” lists. Keep in mind, the “no” lists for females often don’t have anything to do with not liking a performer. Some women don’t want to work with crossovers, sometimes a male performer has too large of a penis for that girl, sometimes the male performer might be dating (off-camera) one of her closest friends in the business and out of respect won’t work with him. Very rarely does anyone show up on a “no” list because they were a jackass (although, I have seen it happen on occasion). 

Photo by: Eddie Powell (from Power and Control)

James Deen and Manuel Ferrara can and do demand a higher amount of money - as they should. They are two of the most acclaimed performers in the business. They always deliver top notch scenes. They are worth the cost. Typically, the payment tier for male performers is based on versatility, ability, and overall time worked in the business. Newer performers make less money. Stronger, more established male performers make more.  

Thank you for reaching out! Great question.

Throwback Tuesday - Zoe Voss and Alyssa Branch Circa 2011

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Zoe Voss and Alyssa Branch on set of Dear Abby circa 2011.

Queen of Fauxcest

Photo by: Jeff Koga

You could say, I’m a bit of a Fauxcest fan.Tabu Tales has set my creative heart on fire. 

Anonymous asked: Hi Jacky You the greatest directors the adult movies in the world Question Do you work in the adult industry films changed your sex life for the better or for worse And how it happened

What a lovely thing to say. Thank you very much. My work in the adult industry has helped make me a more confident person sexually. I had quite a few hang-ups, prior to working in adult, and was very much a naive, little girl clinging tightly to my chastity belt. I had a very difficult time marrying the idea of being a good girl and a bad girl.

But being in a sexually liberated business has really given me the opportunity to discover my truest, sexual self. The journey to self acceptance is such a hard one, but it’s so much easier to do in a non-judging environment.

The change happened gradually, beginning with my first day on set for the feature film Dear Abby. The normalization of sex, nudity, sexuality was truly inspiring to be around. Nobody was complaining about the imperfections of their body, nobody was criticizing anybody’s sexual ability, nobody was disgusted by bodily fluids. It was just this beautiful, open space.

The nurturing and open environment of the adult industry has profoundly effected my views on sex and sexuality and has shaped the open and confident person I am today.

Thank you for asking!

Two Feminist Porn Awards

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This past weekend, two New Sensations’ features took home Feminist Porn Awards! What a major honor. I’m eternally grateful to work alongside so many talented women in this industry (many of whom have paved the way for my own creative expression). Thank you Good for Her and the Feminist Porn Awards! I am so disappointed that I couldn’t be in attendance. 

arspoetica79 asked: I want to know more about your thoughts on rough scenes. I am very aware that these are voluntary and no one is really hurt and that many people enjoy pushing the boundaries of sexual exploration. However, I cannot help but suspect that for many viewers, these scenes normalize sexual violence. I have fair amounts of firsthand exposure to the effects of rape and sexual violence, so I personally cannot enjoy these scenes, but I want to know your thoughts on the effects that they may have socially.

Hi! I must say, I am endlessly inspired by the adult film consumers that reach out to me with such incredibly thought-provoking questions. So, thank you!

I’m not a medical professional, nor am I a psychologist studying the impacts of violence in media so my answer solely comes from my own personal experience viewing pornography and the conclusions I’ve drawn from it. 

First of all, as a viewer of pornography (often aggressive, “violent” pornography), I’m still quite aware of the fantasy and the performance behind it. It’s hard to ignore production value and buy completely into the idea that what I’m watching is real enough to desensitize me to an actual violent sex act. 

So, just as I might watch somebody get blown up or shot or physically harmed in a mainstream television show or movie, there is still the disconnect from reality for me. The production value takes that out of it for me. I know what I’m seeing isn’t reality. However, I can completely understand how such films might be trigger points for people who have experienced real life situations involving violence and how they might be difficult to watch, enjoy, etc.  

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Lily LaBeau and Ramon Nomar in one of my most controversial films to date - Power and Control

I used to work as a rape counsellor back when I was in college and the desensitization of sexual violence is something I would never want perpetuated through any media outlet. If I felt that pornography did that in any capacity, I certainly wouldn’t speak out and protect it. Scientific American magazine actually talks about how pornography may help deter violent crimes because rougher porn can serve as an outlet for some deviants. It’s something to consider. 

It’s also important to take into consideration the pornographic viewing audience. Those that have a predisposition for violence are not going to suddenly become a violent offender overnight, simply because they watched an aggressive pornographic film. Just like, I’m not going to watch a “fake rape” porn scene and become desensitized to the experiences of a real rape survivor. 

When I spoke at Catalyst Con West last year, a rape survivor was in the audience when we were talking about a film I directed in 2012 called Power and Control. Power and Control explored many themes surrounding domination and submission within a sexual relationship and many of the sex scenes had consensual force within them. The rape survivor actually said she enjoyed watching these scenes because she felt that when a woman consents to any sexual activity happening - she is taking the power back - even if that sexual activity is aggressive and “forceful.”

I’m very glad you asked this question. I hope it will spark some conversation pertaining to porn and desensitization. As it stands, I believe it is the consumer and that consumer’s life experiences that impact their reaction, response, and relationship to pornography (whether positive of negative). 

An Analysis of The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee by Adjunct Professor

Photo by: Jeff Koga

Rich Moreland, an adjunct professor in the Washington D.C. area, has taken an interest in the adult industry. His reviews mark some of my favorites ever - as his focus is less on the sex and more on the symbolism and nuances within the film’s production. 

Click here to read Part 1 of his review on my latest feature, The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee.  

Maddy O’Reilly’s “Break Out Feature Release of the Year”

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According to Don Houston of XCRITIC, The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee just might be Maddy O’Reilly’s “break out feature release of the year.” Read his entire review of the film here and find out why Maddy O’Reilly is one of this year’s brightest stars.