The San Francisco Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival is a biennial event, established in 1999 to provide a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker film and video makers and to screen works about sex workers and the sex industries from around the world. The Sex Worker Festival provides an opportunity to recognize and honor prostitutes, dancers, porn performers and other sex workers, who have historically been a dynamic part of arts communities.
To date, the Sex Worker Festivals have screened nearly three hundred works and generated much interest in the media. In addition, the festival presents performances and events. Films and videos for the Festival focus on sex workers' rights; organizing efforts and working conditions for dancers; global sex work and sex work as a labor issue on the international agenda; sex workers as artists; anti-racism and anti-oppression in sex worker communities; sex work and gender identities focusing on LGB/transgender/queer sex workers; sex education, sex art, porn and erotica; and portraits of strippers, prostitutes, doms, madams and more.
We highlight the artistic endeavors of workers in all aspects of the sex industry because whore culture is real, present and on a corner, in a bar, in a hotel or in a bedroom community near YOU.
Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival. We will be very happy to see you all at the festival. We want to be sure that our range of ticket prices and special passes fits everyone's needs. Email us if you are looking for info about special passes or any other info at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 857 5424. We want to make absolutely sure everyone is able to attend these events.
More about the Sex Worker Festival
Scarlot Harlot, Erica Elena and Laure McElroyare co-producers of the San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival. In 1999 Scarlot Harlot founded the Festival. A grandmother of the sex workers rights movement, Scarlot Harlot (aka Carol Leigh) coined the term "sex work" in the late 70s. Festival Director and Co-producer, Erica Elena, created "Whores' Bath," and launched "Roaming Hookerfest," as well as "Privilege, Opression and Intersextionality" workshops and much more. Laure McElroy, author and activist been curator of films at the festival since 2009, bringing her expertise in people-led arts activism with Poor Magazine. Artist and performer, Mariko Passion has been producing sex worker fest events for nearly ten years including her musical, Modern Day Asian Sex Slavery, The Musical. This year, 2015, Sangria Red will curate and teach a performance workshop for sex workers. Gina Gold, Scarlot Harlot and Erica Elena also curated events at this years' Festival. Donia Christine and The Incredible Edible Akynos are producing the Institute of SexWorkology, a day free workshops for sex workers. In 2015 Kalash Ka joins the production team for the festival, co-producing The Shannon Williams Memorial Whores Bath and Clothing Swap.