Director Tristan Taormino took home the 2007 AVN Award for Best Gonzo Video for Chemistry, her first movie shot for Vivid Entertainment.
Chemistry was an experimental project that clocked in at an impressive four hours on a two-disc set.
The video was something of a porn reality show that offered an uncensored look at the interactions of seven porn stars placed together in a house and then told to let their imaginations run wild. The cast which was comprised of Dana DeArmond, Marie Luv, Mika Tan, Taryn Thomas, Jack Lawrence, Kurt Lockwood and Mr. Marcus, was also given "perv cams" to shoot additional footage for the movie.
As Taormino told AVN.com, "The stars decided who they had sex with, when and where and this gave them the freedom to really be themselves. They really tested each other's boundaries as well as their own."
Taormino, whose Vivid-Ed imprint will debut in March with The Experts' Guide to Anal Sex, went above and beyond the usual gonzo aesthetics with Chemistry, offering over an hour of bonus material, additional sex scenes and original music by indie rock bands Goodfinger and Boxelder.
The director summed up the appeal of her experiment to AVN.com: "We get to see raw emotions, spontaneous sex, explosive orgasms and that one ingredient that I think is so important: chemistry."
The experiment, by all measures, was a success.