I spoke with Spunk’d: The Movie director Justin Kane at the recent XBiz Awards. As at the previous month’s AVN Awards, Kane didn’t win a goddamn thing.
“…yet it’s one of the most torrented movies out there,” Kane said.
Spunk’d has just been nominated for an XRCO Award. Luckily, porn’s year-long awards season helps to keep a movie’s name alive, though how much certain awards actually help sales is uncertain. By the time awards are announced, many companies lack either the money or the sense to buy those little stickers that video store owners would then have to stick on the box.
I thought Spunk’d was last year’s best porn comedy – not to take anything away from Operation Desert Stormy, which won that category – but Spunk’d didn’t pull punches by aiming at a couples’ market, and everyone involved brought her or his A game. Standouts included Nick Manning, Penny Flame, Steven St. Croix, Marcos Leon, Katie Morgan, and a split-screened Hillary Scott.
Kane produced the movie independently with some shadow partners, and is in debt because of it. But the budgets offered him by adult studios weren’t enough to make the movie he wanted.
“It’s a great calling card for the next movie,” he said, wiping away a tear.
Read the review here, then buy the movie.