NEW YORK—Juicy Pink Box founder Jincey Lumpkin is both collaborator and subject matter in I Love Your Work, a new documentary created by award-winning multimedia artist Jonathan Harris about the private lives of nine women who make lesbian porn.
“When you watch I Love Your Work, you realize it’s less a project about porn, and more a project about women and how they live today,” said Lumpkin. “It's an emotional exploration – an instant classic.”
Harris spent 10 consecutive days following each woman, 24 hours a day, shooting 10-second video clips approximately every five minutes, filming whatever was happening at that moment. The final project contains 2202 of these 10-second clips, about six hours of footage. In addition to Lumpkin, others featured in the documentary are Dylan Ryan, Ela Darling, Ryan Keely, Jett Bleu, Dolores Haze, Luna Londyn, Nic Switch and Joy Sauvage.
“To be honest, being followed around for 24 hours a day was overwhelming,” admitted Lumpkin. “Jonathan was very respectful, but the camera catches everything. Watching myself onscreen was like being warped in a time machine. It's a very intimate project, very raw. I'm not used to being so vulnerable.”
Harris said that the documentary is “a bit racier than things I’ve made in the past, but it’s handled with a lot of intimacy.
“I think it’s a really intimate and revealing portrait of a community that’s usually pretty marginalized,” he added. “Especially with all the recent talk about marriage equality, this feels like a timely and useful glimpse into the actual everyday lives of some real-world lesbian couples.”
Harris also is taking an unusual approach with access to the I Love Your Work website: only 10 viewers per day can watch it, with tickets selling for $10 each. As the site is likely to sell out quickly and far in advance, the project may be difficult to see—a stark contrast to the instant gratification typical of internet porn. It’s an approach Harris believes could pioneer a new economic model for digital works: selling limited access to content that has been made scarce artificially. If it works, it could provide a viable funding model for artists, be they filmmakers, musicians, photographers, writers or multimedia visual artists… like Harris.
Tickets to see the full interactive website are now available, with 10 percent of ticket sales being donated to the Sex Workers Project (part of New York City’s Urban Justice Center), which provides social and legal services to people who engage in sex work — whether they do so by choice, circumstance or coercion.