Adult supervision required: Performer tests positive for HIV

Rumor, recriminations, and the recurring dread of outside regulation hang over Porn Valley this week after it was learned that a porn performer tested positive for HIV and, despite this, worked with another performer. The performer, rumored to be a 42-year-old woman, tested positive June 4 and worked the next day. At issue is how…

Gerald Damiano’s visions of Joanna

Gerard Damiano, who died in October, wrote, produced, and directed 1975’s The Story of Joanna, a gloomy and, as they could get away with saying at the time, thought-provoking porn starring Jamie Gillis and Tern Hall as a couple who take power exchanges very seriously. The movie screens this Saturday at midnight at Hollywood’s New…

All your friends in 9 to 5 Days in Porn

Sasha Grey, Roxy Deville, Belladonna, and Otto Bauer and Audrey Hollander star in this German-made documentary about the life of porn performers in and out of Porn Valley. Shot in 2006, 9 to 5 follows these people and more, including agent Mark Spiegler, performer-turned-clinic owner Sharon Mitchell, directors John Stagliano and Jim Powers, and performers…

Hair apparent: The Violation of Claudia

It was a different time when porn movies were shown in theatres, and they created an uneasy community of people with a common secret, and a similar residue on their shoes. But after a generation of porn for personal devices, porn movies are creeping back into theatres. I watched Bill Lustig’s 1977 film The Violation…