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'The New Erotic' Premieres Tonight

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Eon McKai and Kimberly Kane, pictured speaking to Constance Penley's Film Studies Pornography class at UC Santa Barbara last month, will be featured in "The New Erotic," premiering tonight at the Department of Flying Vehicles (Koga/LAist)

For years, LAist has covered the local alt-porn scene -- befriending many of its auteurs, not to mention partying with Vivid-Alt and Burning Angel and visiting their porn sets -- and yet we were pleasantly surprised that a documentary like The New Erotic has been produced, focusing on what indie studio Halo-8 describes as "...the fearless erotic artists working in the... scene, where punks, gallery artists, and visual designers create edgy, pornographic films that fly in the face of conventional eroticism and redefine beauty. Renaming themselves after punk heroes and serial killers, they eschew the previous generation of cosmetically enhanced professional pornstars, instead filming their naturally figured, mostly non-blonde hipster friends in a unique style that borrows its edge from NYC's Cinema of Transgression and mashes it up against a mumblecore aesthetic with a post-Suicide-Girls/post-American-Apparel sensibility."

Directed by Ramzi Abed, The New Erotic features "...alternative-XXX-filmmakers Eon McKai (Girls Lie), Kimberly Kane (Live In My Secrets), Vena Virago (Eastside Story), Dave Naz (Skater Girl Fever), Jack the Zipper (Blacklight Beauty), and erotic photographers Alejandra Guerrero ("Corporate Vampire") and Ed Fox (Glamour from the Ground Up), and premieres tonight with a party that includes an exhibition of original photos and artwork by Steve Diet Goedde, Naz, Guerrero, Fox, as well as a live performance by pornstars Jayme Langford and Jana Jordan's glampunk band, Pajamaband.

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The premiere party is open to the public with a $10 suggested donation, and starts at 8:00 PM at the Department of Flying Vehicles (3303 Sunset Blvd.) in Silver Lake.