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Erotic Indie Film ‘Marriage 2.0’ Presented as Part of Course Curriculum at State University
UC Santa Barbara Film & Media Studies Class Screens Acclaimed Movie from Distributor Adam & Eve!
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (May 20, 2015) – The critically-acclaimed erotic independent film “Marriage 2.0” made its collegiate premiere at the University of California, Santa Barbara on Tuesday, May 19, as part of Dr. Constance Penley’s class, “Topics in Film and Popular Culture: Pornography.”
The indie adult film, produced by LionReach Productions and distributed by Adam & Eve, comes with a high pedigree after being named Movie of the Year at the Feminist Porn Awards and Best Narrative at the CineKink Film Festival. “Marriage 2.0” combines sexual performances from adult stars with a compelling story delving into the depths of human relationships and emotions.
“We feel honored to have ‘Marriage 2.0’ presented as part of an academic discussion on the impact of film and media,” said “Marriage 2.0” screenwriter and producer Magnus Sullivan. “Having a dialogue on a film like ours in a collegiate setting is an important step in showing the value of bringing together the worlds of erotic films and independent filmmaking.”
The screening was followed by a question-and-answer session with cast member Carol Queen, a sex and relationship expert and author.
“My class looks at the history of pornography, both as a film and its place in popular culture, as well as a genre and an industry. Because of this, I am delighted that my students will have the chance to see ‘Marriage 2.0’ and appreciate its radicalness in that history,” Dr. Penley said. “As a strikingly experimental cross of mainstream and adult, ‘Marriage 2.0’ redefines the cinematic possibilities of both.”
Dr. Penley’s major areas of research interest are film history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. She has penned several volumes on film, sex, pornography and feminism, and is the co-editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, with Tristan Taormino, Mireille Miller-Young, and Celine Parreñas Shimizu. Dr. Penley also serves on the editorial board of the newly launched peer-reviewed journal Porn Studies and is Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, which supports teaching, research, and public programming about media.
According to the UCSB Film and Media Studies course description, “[‘Topics in Film and Popular Culture’] approaches pornography as a major instance of film and popular culture, from the pre-history and history of cinema and video to the Internet and virtual worlds. Course content [is] augmented by guest lectures from the adult industry and academia.”
Since its world premiere on AdamAndEveTV.com in February, ‘Marriage 2.0’ has captured the attention of film reviewers and writers across the globe. Among these was Gareth May, a contributing writer for British lifestyle and culture site TheDebrief.co.uk, describing “Marriage 2.0” as “a potential game changer for the porn industry.” May wrote, “The movie is most remarkable for its limited use of hardcore sex…’Marriage 2.0’ is a very different kind of porn film.”
Likewise, Film reviewer Steve Gustafson of 411Mania.com called the film “An ambitious project that clearly exemplifies how that (adult) industry is in a state of evolution.”
Written by Magnus Sullivan and directed by Paul Deeb, “Marriage 2.0” features performances from adult entertainment stars such as India Summer, Ryan Driller, Dylan Ryan, Nina Hartley, and Mickey Mod, along with appearances from internationally renowned sex and relationship experts, such as Emily Morse, Chris Ryan, Marcia Baczynski, Carol Queen, and Reid Mihalko. The film follows a couple (India Summer and Ryan Driller) in an open relationship as they search for personal freedom, as well as emotional and sexual bliss within the context of an honest and committed modern relationship.
To watch the “Marriage 2.0” trailer on film industry news site IndieWire.com, click here.
“Marriage 2.0” is now available on DVD from Adam & Eve at www.AdamAndEve.com and other retailers. The DVD release includes 69 minutes of behind the scenes footage, including alternate takes of scenes, movie trailers, a photo gallery, animated chapter index and more. For additional information about “Marriage 2.0,” visit www.Marriage2point0movie.com.
About LionReach Productions:
LionReach Productions is the brainchild of Magnus Sullivan, a screenwriter and producer from the Bay Area. Sullivan’s interest in the dynamics of open marriages, the challenges, and the opportunities for growth is a constant theme in his first two movies. “An Open Invitation” was Sullivan’s first foray into adult cinema and remains one of the bestselling movies on the subject. It earned star India Summer the 2012 AVN Awards Best Actress trophy. “Marriage 2.0,” Sullivan’s first film produced by LionReach, exponentially expands on the scope of “An Open Invitation,” making the Bay Area itself a character. “San Francisco is at the center of a relationship revolution,” Sullivan says, “And we aim to capture that in our movies.” For more information on LionReach Productions’ new release, “Marriage 2.0,” visit http://marriage2point0movie.com.
About Adam & Eve:
Adam & Eve is the nation’s largest marketer of adult products with millions of satisfied customers in the United States and all over the world. Founded in 1971, Adam & Eve is also one of the oldest names in the rapidly evolving adult industry. Adam & Eve is the flagship company of PHE, Inc. While Adam & Eve caters to a general audience, PHE also owns several smaller companies that focus on meeting customers’ special needs. For instance, Adam & Eve Pictures produces original titles with some of the biggest names in the adult industry. They are responsible for the award-winning movies “Pirates,” “Rawhide,” and many others. For more information, visit www.AdamAndEve.com.
About Dr. Constance Penley:
Constance Penley is Professor of Film and Media Studies and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Her major areas of research interest are film history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. She is a founding editor of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Media, Cultural Studies and editor or co-editor of the influential collections Feminism and Film Theory, Male Trouble, Technoculture, The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Science and Gender, and The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (with Tristan Taormino, Mireille Miller-Young, and Celine Parreñas Shimizu). Her books include The Future of an Illusion: Film, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis, NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America, and the forthcoming Teaching Pornography. She is co-producer of Porn 101 with Katie Morgan for HBO Documentaries. Her collaborative art projects are “MELROSE SPACE: Primetime Art by the GALA Committee” and “Biospheria: An Environmental Opera,” on which she was co-librettist. Penley is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Award and the Kenneth Burke Society Prize in Rhetorical Criticism.
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