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San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival

The Sex Worker Fest

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM (PDT)

San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Frugal Floosie Festival Pass   more info Ended $75.00 $5.12
Harworking Hustler Festival Pass   more info Ended $125.00 $7.87
Socially Responsible Completely Cool VIP Pass   more info Ended $150.00 $9.24
May 25-Sex Worker Sinema All Day/Night at Roxie   more info Ended $35.00 $2.92
May 20-23-Privilege Oppression InterseXionality-Register   more info Ended Free $0.00
May 22 Anti-Traff & The Carceral State: Regular Admission   more info Ended $10.00 $1.54
May 22 Anti-Traff & The Carceral State- Supporter Admission   more info Ended $20.00 $2.09
May 23-Oral Services-Regular Admissions   more info Ended $10.00 $1.54
May 23-Oral Services-Supporter Admissions   more info Ended $20.00 $2.09
May 24-CSC- Institute of Sex Workology-Day WorKshops at CSC   more info Ended $10.00 $1.54
May 24-CSC- Institute of Sex Workology-Day Wrkshps-Supporter   more info Ended $25.00 $2.37
May 24-CSC Mariko Passion's Whorrific Cabaret Only   more info Ended $15.00 $1.82
May 24-CSC Mariko Passion's Whorrific Popcorn Bus Tour   more info Ended $30.00 $2.64
May 24-CSC Mariko Passion's Whorrific Cabaret & Bus Tour   more info Ended $35.00 $2.92

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San Francisco Sex Worker Festival

A week of sex worker art, parties and politics! Join us for this political and cultural soiree from “The Whore Cast LIVE!” to “Whores Bath” to “Oral Services.”

Attend a transformative four day workshop series, “Privilege, Oppression and InterseXionality.” Climb on board Mariko Passion’s “Whorrific Popcorn Theatre Bus and Cabaret” at the Center for Sex & Culture. Get a whores-eye view from Amber Dawn, Emi Koyama, Brontez Purnell, Juba Kalamka, Ckiara Rose, Mariko Passion, The Incredible Edible Akynos,Tom Orr and many more.

Throughout May, the Roaming Hookerfest brings movies to your agency or organization including the St. James Infirmary, CAL-PEP and beyond. A day and night of sex worker sinema at the Roxie includes “A Kiss for Gabriela,” “Lot Lizard,” “Whore Logic,” “Stripper Damage” "Scarlet Road" and more. Emi Koyama comes to the Bay Area with research on "Anti-Trafficking and The Carceral State." Sponsored by SWOP, BAYSWAN, ISWFACE, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the San Francisco Bay Times, Media Alliance, the National Queer Arts Festival and more!

Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival:
American Courtesans, Lot Lizards, Whore Logic and The Carceral State

Since 1999 the San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival has provided a forum for sex worker film and video makers to screen works about sex workers and sex work, businesses, industries and trades around the world. The Festival has expanded to become a vibrant venue for performances, workshops, visual arts, political organizing, skills sharing and ever expanding events. The Sex Worker Festival recognizes and honors prostitutes, dancers, porn performers and other sex workers from diverse communities, who have been dynamic and integral members of arts communities since time immemorial.

Performance and Parties

TheWhoreCast LIVE! Siouxsie Q brings sex worker stories, art, and voices this time LIVE and in person to kick off the Fest at the Center for Sex & Culture featuring Cinnamon Maxxine, James Darling and Courtney Trouble.The WhoreCast Trivia game and lots of surprises in this interactive live show. 

Back by popular demand, San Francisco's "Musical Comedy Cabaret Porn Star" and award-winning lyricist Tom Orr presents Love For $ale redux, "Hooker with a Heart of Gold" featuring music, burlesque, and performance art via hooker showtunes in this a benefit for the St. James Infirmary, the sex worker occupational health clinic in San Francisco.

Performance curator and international multi-media artist Mariko Passion brings her "Whorrific Popcorn Theater Bus and Cabaret," as storytellers and performers including Ckiara Rose, Absinthia, Sister Dana Van Iquity, Hernan Cortez, Scarlot Harlot and Femme 6 take riders on a magical adventure with a Happy Ending!

The 8th Biennial Sex Worker Fest welcomes Amber Dawn (author of Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa) launching her new work "How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustlers Memoir" on Thursday, May 23rd at "Oral Sarvices," an evening of spoken word with Brontez Purnell, Juba Kalamka, 2009 Lambda award winner Rhiannon Argo , Ckiara Rose, Lola Sunshine, Jacques La Femme, editors of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words and participants from an MNRC workshop w/ POOR Magazine.

Special Events

The Sex Worker Festival again presents "Whores' Bath," a spa and magical healing event for sex workers in San Francisco, "reclaiming our roles as healers." "Whores' Bath," was created by Festival co-producer, Erica Fabulous, who also launched "Roaming Hookerfest" "Privilege, Opression and Intersextionality" workshops and much more. Her long-time collaborations with San Francisco's diverse queer/trans/sex worker underground has inspired yearly sex worker performance extravaganzas. "Whores' Bath" contributes to the 21st century lexicon with a new entry in the Urban Dictionary (


In 2013 the Festival launches a 4 day series of workshops, "Privilege, Oppression, and InterseXionality," for sex workers and allies in conjunction with Rhizome Consulting Project. Join us for this transformative, heart and mind opening workshop series as we deepen our awareness of class/race/gender and how they overlap and intersect.

Amber Dawn will be among those offering workshops on Friday on May 24th at the Center for Sex & Culture. Amber Dawn's workshop"Tough Language and Tender Wisdoms" is "sex workers only" but most including Mariko Passion, The Incredible Edible Akynos, Mission SRO Collaborative's "Housing Justice Framework & Sex Worker Rights" and more are open to all. Please check the schedule TBA re: admission policies for each workshop.

The Festival is proud to welcome activist and artist Emi Koyama. Focusing on the carceral state, Koyama's recent zine, "State Violence, Sex Trade, and the Failure of Anti-Trafficking Policies," is based on extensive research, documenting of false premises within the U.S. domestic anti-sex trafficking movement and the alignment with the fundamentalist Christian right. The evening also includes a selection of video clips from "Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns," "Normal- Real Stories from The Sex Industry" and more.


Films and videos for the Festival focus on sex workers lives and rights; diverse voices including youth, sex workers of color, migrant sex workers; sex worker right organizations around the world; impact of trafficking policy and discourse on sex workers; new work from Asia Pacific Network of Sex Worker; sex work as a labor issue on the international agenda; sex workers as artists; queer and trans sex workers; sex worker saints, heros and sheros; sex work and gender identities; sex education, sex art, porn, fetish culture and erotica; portraits of strippers, prostitutes, doms, and madams, and much more.

The 2013 films reveal new trends in 'sex worker sinema.' Influenced by the contemporary genre of gritty and intensley personal reality shows, "Lot Lizard" and "American Courtesans" represent the best examples of self-revelation. In "Lot Lizard" (aka truck stop sex workers) hitchhiker, now filmmaker, Alexander Perlman presents intimate and unusually respectful portraits that invokves a broader story about how America deals with its outcasts. In "American Courtesans," long time escort and filmmaker Kristen DiAngelo courageously wrestles with taboo discourses about sex workers, violence and stigma. Remarkably candid and sometimes self-critical, the women in this movie invite the viewers into the circles of a suportive sisterhood to share in their trauma, catharsis and ultimately their empowerment. Scarlet Road documents the specialized practice of Rachel Wotton, as she works with clients who are disabled, campaigning for both sex worker rights and to increase awareness and access to sexual expression for people with disability.
"Pay it no Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson," memorializes the woman who thew "the shotglass that was heard around the world" in this tribute to sex worker and LGBT history, screening with "Remembering The Living: Monica Forrester on Sister in Spirit and Indigenous Sex Workers."  "Ticket to Paradise" portrays the details of women's choices in a small village in Thailand, to marry a foreigner or do sex work in Pattaya.

An array of brilliant shorts include a new video from Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers, "Global Sex Workers on the March!," "A Kiss for Gabriela" by Laura Murray, "Whore Logic" by PJ Starr featuring The Incredible Edible Akynos, "Stripper Damage" by Gina Gold, "Sex Worker Open University 2011," "Transitioning Through Sex Work" by Jay Very, "Nada" by Nada Felini and Christian Vega, "Creative Trafficking" by Operation Snatch and many more.
Festival founder, Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot says, "Sex workers have an excellent vantage point from which to view social hypocrisy, expressed in many contexts--by the lawmakers who use their services, then sponsor policies which further criminalize them, to the wanna-be saviors who claim to 'rescue' but only increase our vulnerability. This whores-eye-view of society is reflected in this body of work by sex workers."

The Sex Worker Festival is proud to include sponsors: the San Francisco Bay Times (; the San Francisco Bay Guardian (; the National Queer Arts Festival (, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (; the Center for Sex & Culture (; Media Alliance (; Sex Worker Media Library (; International Sex Worker Foundation for Art Culture and Education (, Sex Workers Outreach Project; Desiree Alliance; the St. James Infirmary (www.stjamesinfirmary.or); Solace, San Francisco (; the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc, ( and more.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM (PDT)

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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 or call (415) 857 5425. 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 McElroy are co-producers of the San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival, now collaborating with the St. James Infirmary Speakers' Bureau with Miki Mosman, as Assistant Producer. 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, co-producer, author and activist, has 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. (She currently lives in Japan.) In 2015, Sangria Red joined the festival to teach a performance workshop for sex workers which will also be featured in 2017. Gina Gold, lauched her Sex Worker Confidential events, continuing this year.  The Incredible Edible Akynos also returns with her solo presentation "Whore School." The St. James Infirmary continues our yearly day long classes and info for sex workers at "The St. James Infirmary Sex Workers Symposium" on Thursday, May 25th. In 2015 Kalash Ka joined the production team for the festival, co-producing Whores Bath and Clothing Swap and this year she continues with the St. James Infirmary Sex Workers Symposium and Whores Bath.

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