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Kay Brandt Interview: Director Of The Baumgartners Series

The second installment of the Baumgartners saga, Adventures With The Baumgartners , is beautifully filmed in a dream location with super star couple, Mick Blue and Anikka Albrite. Based off of author Selena Kitt’s bestselling book series and directed by award-winning powerhouse Kay Brandt, Adventures shows the continued growth between Doc and Mrs. Baumgartner as a sexual and happily married couple and introduces us to some new characters as well.

In Adventures With The Baumgartners, we meet two new couples that enjoy experimenting with open relationships and partner-swapping. The movie portrays these couples as having very happy and healthy attitudes towards non-monogamy. We asked Kay Brandt to tell us about her experience filming the series and her thoughts on non-traditional relationships.

Do you feel that polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships are becoming more commonplace and socially acceptable?

No, I don’t feel that way at all. A massive shift in consciousness and acceptance would have to take place in society first for polyamorous relationships to go mainstream, and I don’t think we’re even close to being there collectively. It’s been how many decades for gay rights and the entire LGBQT movement to find true societal acceptance? There’s too much religion dictating the importance of one-on-one, and there’s safety in tradition. To be cool with the three adults living in the house next door, and not question or judge when seeing them openly loving each other on their front lawns requires a very evolved way of thinking and judging others, and we’re just not there yet. And we may never be. That’s why polyamorous relationships make great foundations for storytelling in both movies and books. It’s a fantasy situation, and what so many people would want to do if given the freedom to at least explore it. When you think about it, having a third person in any situation where emotions are on the table and love is shared would probably drastically reduce the divorce rate. Especially if the three-way scenario’s one male and two women. Women do better when there’s a bestie close by to buffer moods, wants, and needs. It makes perfect sense to me.

What were the most important aspects of Doc and Mrs. B’s non-monogamous relationship that you wanted to be exemplified onscreen?

Their love for each other. Selena created a deeply in love and very happy couple in Doc and Carrie. They were written as a loving, trusting husband and wife where the open boundaries feel like natural extensions of their love. There’s a magical aspect to their love because Carrie feels entirely safe openly exploring her sexuality and passionate needs without worrying about how Doc will handle it. He’s so super okay with it all, and constantly lets Carrie know she’s his one and only, even when his dick’s in another woman’s pussy. That’s where the magic in their relationship exists – both Doc and Carrie are getting their needs met and everyone is safe and happy. I feel like I captured that dynamic in the movie and so much of that honest translation from book to screen was due to Anikka and Mick being similar to the characters in real life.

You write about different types of relationships within the film. Open relationships, threesomes, and foursomes are shown in a loving and exciting way. What would you say is the main focus of your dialogue when you write about these characters navigating these types of sexual situations?

See, the thing is, it’s not all my dialogue – it’s Selena’s. In Babysitting the Baumgartners, I literally transcribed the novel into script word for word. The dialogue spoken came directly from the book, which was written by Selena Kitt. Selena approved the script before I made the film, and I wanted it that way. I wanted her to be happy. We’re talking about a novel that’s sold millions of copies and put Selena on the map as an erotic novelist in a big way. I pulled as much content from the book as I could realistically film and kept the integrity of the original story. That was important to me because part of the intent in making a New York Times bestselling novel into an X-rated film was to connect with Selena’s readership base. For so many of her dedicated readers, bringing the Baumgartners to life was like seeing a fantasy come true, and I didn’t want to disappoint them. For Adventures though, the book was in process and in first-draft stage when I had to start writing the script. We’d decided that instead of filming the next book in the series, we’d create a brand new one. Creatively, Selena and I collaborated from start to finish with Adventures, which means together we decided how many sex scenes there should be (ten) and what they should be (boy/girl, BGG, BGGG, three GG, and more). I loved that we decided to make one of ten scenes between one male and three females because I’d never directed a scene like that before and I wanted the challenge. And a challenge it was, indeed. Four on a bed can sometimes look and feel like a game of Twister, and it’s tough for the camera crew, too.

Is there a difference you have experienced when writing for a heterosexual storyline versus a lesbian-themed narrative? What is the most challenging aspect of writing about any relationship for you?

Depth of honesty and emotion are first and foremost for me, and that goes for farcical comedy, too, like what happened in the movies I wrote/directed for the Mother-Daughter Exchange Club series when I was working for Girlfriends Films. In my all-girl 2012 Cherry movies, there’s a firestorm of emotions going on, and same for my boy-girl movie, Safe Landings. So, no, I haven’t found a difference writing lesbian or hetero material. Love is love, sex is sex, and emotions are emotions. These aspects don’t change due to sexual orientation. Not for me, anyway.

In Adventures, we see Sara Luvv’s character, Ronnie, really take what she learned from the Baumgartners’ relationship and apply it to her own romantic life. However, Ronnie’s love triangle between Vince and Gretchen gets somewhat entangled when Gretchen has jealous feelings over Ronnie’s other relationship. Do you have any advice on handling jealousy for couples in open relationships?

Oh my gosh, no, I don’t have advice to give on jealousy. It’s such a raw and common reaction that doesn’t respond to rational thought or analysis. It’s the bug that stirs within. But, my assessment on poly couples is that they aren’t jealous people to begin with, therefore, it’s not an issue. I think it would be tremendously difficult to be poly if you’re someone who suffers with jealousy. Trust, like in traditional relationships, must be the strongest part between all involved. Without trust, you can’t build a solid foundation for anything to work or grow.

How did you become involved with Adam & Eve?

I emailed them. Simple as that. And it took a few years before I made my first movie for them, Safe Landings.

In addition to your directorial role with Adam & Eve, you are a bestselling author of erotic fiction. What made you want to begin writing erotic literature and how did you begin presenting stage plays?

I’m a storyteller, so, it was natural for me to find a channel of expression other than writing screenplays. There were professional circumstances beyond my control that led to the transition from writing one format to another, and at the time I felt an overwhelming need to go “long form” and write manuscripts. And writing manuscripts as opposed to screenplays was very freeing creatively because I wasn’t restricted by structure, and I mean the structural format used when writing for screen, not books. Screenplays are rigid formats where less is more usually. Books are the exact opposite. It was like a hurricane was let loose in my soul when I was writing my first manuscript, and story after story flew out. Now, several years after my first book was published, I’m amazed at all the content I’ve produced and grateful I had the opportunity to devote time to the art and craft of book writing. It was an important road to explore and shockingly, it brought me right back into movie making.

When I produced my first stage play, it didn’t seem like a big undertaking, but it was. At the time, more and more writers and actors were producing their own plays, and so I thought I should too. This was before social media and YouTube and, as creatives, we had limited modes of showing off what our talents were if not cast in a movie or television show back in the 1990s. Too much creative downtime was the catalyst that spurred me to write plays and produce them. It was fairly inexpensive to do, and the results were mostly rewarding, and opened other doors for work. That’s the name of the creative game, to keep work coming in.

You released your first horror novella, Soles, in 2016. What was different about writing horror as opposed to writing an erotic novel?

When I write erotica, the story leads to sex because the characters are in pursuit of it. Soles is about a young man’s need to confront his demons. There’s the main difference. But writing is writing. Really, writing sex is just about using select words to describe an act, and it’s the same thing for writing horror, or any other genre. I had a story to tell, and it just happened to be Roland’s (the lead character in Soles), and sex didn’t fit into the overall tale. My next horror novel, Cutters is erotic, though, and will contain graphic sex as well as violence.

The World of Cherry book series has a ton of wonderful reviews and so many people have remarked upon the fictional world within the club as being incredibly realistic. The books translated so well into a film series. When writing erotic fiction, do you write with the intention of adapting the books into films?

I didn’t adapt The World of Cherry books. The two Cherry movies came first. So, the movies translated well into books, which is probably a first for erotica as well as mainstream films.

You’ve adapted two of Selena Kitt’s novels for the screen. Not only did you adapt Babysitting the Baumgartners, but previous to that release you filmed Safe Landings. How were you first introduced to Selena Kitt and her work?

Selena owns an indie publishing company, Excessica. When I’d completed my first manuscript, I sent query letters to publishers, received a few rejections, and a few invites. Selena’s invitation to publish through Excessica was the offer I picked and I’m so glad I did. It was truly meant to be. Making her books into films was the furthest thing from my mind at the time. I’d done research on Excessica and Selena, and was impressed by what I discovered about her and her businesses. Excessica has a good rep in erotica, and that’s important when it comes to attracting avid readers who want quality, and then add in Selena’s popularity – joining up with her was a no-brainer.

What about the Baumgartners characters appealed to you when you first read Selena Kitt’s book?

They were real yet living in a wonderful fantasy. They were sexual, passionate, and loving. What’s not to like?

After the overwhelming success of the first Baumgartners film, what made you want to continue the Baumgartners’ story?

Um, the overwhelming success – that’s why. And the fact that there are more books in the series as well as other potential ways to continue the story in new directions, like what we did with Adventures. And perhaps creating movies based on subplot characters, like Daphne and Ari played by Edyn Blair and Derrick Pierce. We touched a nerve by bringing such a beloved book to screen, and turned on a new fanbase – book readers as opposed to movie watchers. There’s plenty of fresh ideas for us to explore by continuing the series.

Critics and audiences were blown away at the concept of Forked. Combining a cooking reality show with porn stars, and having them cook their own personal recipes has never been done before. And we certainly learned a lot from watching Dick Chibbles in the kitchen. Forked won at XBIZ and AVN this year, in addition to receiving two XCritic Pick titles. AVN just announced Forked as their critic’s pick and is featured in this month’s publication. What was your inspiration for the porn/reality cooking show concept?

My inspiration was to do something completely fresh and new, to experiment, and to prove movies like Forked are needed and wanted. There’s an undeniable curiosity about adult stars, hence the popularity of performers on Twitter. And I wanted to celebrate another side of adult – the human side – where performers reveal more about themselves because, to me, that’s interesting. It’s almost taboo watching adult stars just be who they are, without the heavy facade of only being sexual creatures, and that turns me on. And that two-day shoot making Forked was the toughest one I’ve ever done because so much work went into it. It took me four days just to buy all the groceries before we filmed! There was so much magic on set and the cast was so happy to be cooking AND having sex. They loved having the opportunity to be so candid and have fun together, not simply fuck. They actually “thank” each other on camera – when does that happen in porn?

Do you plan to do any more reality-based movies in the future?

I would love to! I have a couple of ideas for different reality-type shows. And of course, I’d absolutely LOVE to make more Forked movies.

Do you have plans to make a third Baumgartners movie?

Selena and I are prepped to make more, as in, we have good ideas about where to take future installments if Adam & Eve wants to continue with the series.

What are the upcoming projects from Kay Brandt that we can look forward to?

In May I’ll be filming a new movie based on my upcoming novel, Naked. I don’t want to give too much away yet, but Naked is a very original concept and I’m looking forward to the challenge of adapting one of my own novels again.

I also have more books coming out this year, including the sequel to my first BDSM book, At Mother’s Command. A few weeks ago my novelette, “Hotwives and their Dirty Desires” was published and is selling strongly. I’ll be guesting on more radio shows and podcasts as well as updating my own YouTube channel.

Check out more from Kay Brandt here, and be sure to check out Adventures With The Baumgartners exclusively on HotMoviesForHer and brother website, HotMovies between May 9th and May 23.

Writers Roundup: Best of 2016

At the end of each calendar year, the adult industry typically reflects on the past year’s releases in the form of award nominations. At HotMoviesForHer, we consider ourselves the experts of all things XXX, and with our unique and differing perspectives on the content we see each day, the staff writers decided to nominate our own personal choices for some already-established award categories, and some categories that we came up with ourselves. Take a look below to see what we’ve hand-selected as the best of XXX in 2016.

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abelladanger2016Female Performer of the Year: Abella Danger and Sara Luvv

It’s a toss up between Abella Danger and Sara Luvv. They’re both great performers who are tons of fun to watch, and they consistently pick great projects to work on.

Male Performer of the Year: Manuel Ferrara

I know he’s already won like 1000 times, but I’ve gotta stick with Manuel Ferrara. The man could generate sexual chemistry with a chia pet. Her scene with Abella Danger in her Hard X showcase, Abella, was truly phenomenal.

Best New Starlet: Kira Noirkiranoir2016

Kira Noir really stood out for me this year. She has a look that’s really hard to find in this industry, and she carries herself with a ton of maturity. I consistently have to remind myself that she really is a newbie and that she’s not an industry veteran.

cindyqueenofhell2016Trans Performer of the Year: River Stark

I have to go with River Stark for her performance in Transition. It was a powerful, semi-autobiographic performance that I think is really helping to change the landscape of trans-porn.

Best Feature Movie: Cindy Queen of Hell

I love seeing big passion project from people who really love their work. The first scene with Joanna Angel, Xander Corvus, and Small Hands is particularly awesome.

Best Gonzo Movie: Girl/Boy 2

Girl/Boy 2 from Dana Vespoli just really blew me away. A very close second would be Abella, the Abella Danger showcase from Hard X.

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Best Activist/Advocate: Siouxsie Q and Julia Ann

Siouxsie Q and Julia Ann  did stellar work on the No On Prop 60 campaign, and they really deserve more gratitude than we could ever give them!

Best Team Effort: Stoya and Kayden Kross

Stoya and Kayden Kross’s Trenchcoat X is all the gloriously arty smut that I’ve ever dreamed of, resulting in the candy colored Brett Rossi is Delicious!

Best Indie Movie: Glitter and Gold

These two really go hand in hand, so I’m going to pick 2 and go with Glitter and Gold.

@AndiScribe

Female Performer of the Year: Samantha Bentleysamanthabentley2016

Samantha has performed in several films this year, but I am most fond of her crazy character in Hard in Love I & II. She’s been writing a lot about the industry for mainstream publications, which has helped to give a non-porn audience an honest and intelligent look at the work she does.

Male Performer of the Year: Jean Val Jean

Jean Val Jean has been around for awhile, but recently he has made a huge comeback with Erotica X and Tushy scenes. Also, his scene with Joanna Angel in Dominantly Submissive was excellent.

christianacinn2016Best New Starlet: Christiana Cinn

Christiana Cinn started in late 2015, and she already has over 30 scenes to her credit with some of the biggest studios in the game.  She has a ton of creative vision and talent, and I hope to see much more of her next year. Although, I think many people will say Melissa Moore may get the nod this year due to her scary similarity to last year’s Female Performer of the Year, Riley Reid.

Trans Performer of the Year: Michelle Austin

Michelle Austin has worked her butt off this year as a performer, director, and studio owner.  She has also been forthcoming with her own work on her body, mind, and soul through social media and advocacy.

Best Feature Movie: Sugar Babies

Sugar Babies from Pretty Dirty studio. I am not writing any spoilers, but this was messed up and super hot. Best movie of the year, if you’re into dark and inappropriate relationships, which is what makes this studio really great.

Best Gonzo Movie: Anal Encores

Anal Encores from Mike Adriano Media. Newcomer Zelda Morrison’s scene with Mike is not to be missed.

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Best Activist/Advocate: Chanel Preston

It was great to see the industry come together to fight Prop 60, and there are a lot of people that were very vocal, reached out to fans and mainstream media, and really educated the masses on the issues. Chanel Preston held APAC together when it could have fallen apart. She pushed through with her team, and continued to expand membership and outreach.

Best Team Effort: Dee Severe and Jimmy Broadway

Dee Severe and Jimmy Broadway for Severe Sex films. This husband and wife team work with extremely talented performers, they were instrumental in the fight against Prop 60, they genuinely want the industry and everyone in it to be informed, safe, and have a good time, and their scenes always make me feel like they are having the most fun out of anyone in the biz.

Best Indie Movie: Femdom Fatale 5

Julie Simone‘s Femdom Fatale 5  because I need more unicorn anal play in my life!

@ExplicitBridget

Female Performer of the Year: Sara Luvvsaraluvv2016

For me, 2016 was the year of Sara Luvv. Everywhere I seemed to look, Sara dominated the major releases from virtually every studio out there. One of the biggest releases of the year, Babysitting the Baumgartners, showcased Sara’s ability to deliver incredible performances for both lesbian and straight scenes. She’s a truly dynamic star that continues to rise through the ranks of the industry into fan-favorite status.

Male Performer of the Year: Mick Blue

He’s won the title in years past, but Mick Blue continues to lead the male performer pack in my opinion. With his studio BAM Visions as a standout new brand for Evil Angel and his work with every other major studio under the sun, watching a Mick Blue scene was almost unavoidable this year, not that anyone would want to avoid the raunchy Austrian sweetheart!

lyralaw2016Best New Starlet: Lyra Law

We were introduced to the stunning Lyra Law in 2016, and I couldn’t have been more mesmerized by her performances. Whether performing as a Domme or as your more typical porn video-vixen, Lyra put her own sexy spin on being a California beachy blonde. Her scenes alongside real-life beau Michael Vegas were especially titillating for me because I could tell their chemistry was 100% authentic.

Trans Performer of the Year: Nina Lawless

I saw a whole lot of Nina Lawless this year, and I liked it! The super-fit Mexican hottie made waves working with almost every trans-friendly studio in the industry this year. Not only is her work ethic impressive, but so too is her range. Nina can be a sultry scene partner when she tops or bottoms, but she can also be a merciless Dominatrix during her kinkier shoots.

Best Feature Movie: Little Red – A Lesbian Fairytalelittlered2016

Girlsway is constantly killing it with their feature releases, but Little Red really took the cake for me this year. Inspired by the classic fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red somehow turned a children’s classic into a raunchy lesbian romp that kept pretty true to the plot of the original story… as much as was possible without involving an actual wolf.

Best Gonzo Movie: Dirty Talk 3

Manuel Ferrara‘s series Dirty Talk is a pretty sensual take on the POV genre, and for that reason alone I love it. With each starlet beginning their scene by giving the camera “bedroom eyes” while telling Manuel exactly what they want to do to him, it’s a pretty intimate and sexy moment. This series is unique and doesn’t get enough credit in my opinion, but the third installment is especially my favorite just because some of my favorite stars are in it: August Ames, Abella Danger, Karlee Grey, and Briana Banks! Doesn’t get hotter than that.

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Best Activist/Advocate: Andre Shakti

It’s one thing to work in the adult industry and face all of society’s unwanted morality and criticism for your career choice, but it’s quite another to face all of that unwanted backlash and use your voice to fight for your rights as a sex worker. This year, Andre Shakti stood up for her and her fellow sex workers’ rights writing for multiple mainstream publications like Cosmopolitan and VICE, and also had the courage to pose for the cover of The New York Times Magazine for a piece debating whether or not sex work should remain 2016-12-20_14-03-47criminalized. Through her myriad of thoughtful pieces, Andre Shakti exposes the reality of working as a queer sex worker in a climate that still views her lifestyle as overwhelmingly taboo.

Best Team Effort: Anikka Albrite & Mick Blue

I love a good power couple, and Anikka and Mick are probably the closest thing to Beyonce and Jay Z that the adult industry is going to get. Between managing their new Evil Angel studio, BAM Visions, and continuing to churn out scorching scene-after-scene for every other popular studio in existence, Anikka and Mick keep themselves busy in the best way possible: doing what they love!

Best Indie Movie: FUCK THEM ALL

From indie porn studio Bleu Productions, FUCK THEM ALL really struck me as a fun and unique take on queer porn. Starring FTM trans performer Kay Garnellen, Kay travels through dark, erotic fantasies that ultimately lead him to an explosive gender-fluid orgy that is not to be missed!

For more award-winning movie suggestions, check out our 2017 AVN Awards category. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @hotmoviesforher!

Viewing Interracial Porn Differently

One of the most infuriating—and also most worth considering—aspects of porn marketing is the euphemisms and stereotypes used to promote videos.  Porn genres are broken down into terms that we would normally find insulting, but somehow they get thrown onto box covers with wide distribution. Just think about how the proliferation of the term “interracial” is used as a code word for racist stereotypes in porn. While porn is a place to explore taboo subjects, make fun of those stereotypes, and indulge in fantasies that we could not perform in real life, there are certain films, studios, or performers who may take this indulgence to a place where not everyone is comfortable or treated with respect. However liberating breaking those taboos may be for some people, it can also be hurtful to watch those scenes taking place. In the spirit of understanding taboo fantasies, loving porn, and wanting to see diversity on my screen, I have picked out a few interracial scenes that I enjoy watching because the people involved are obviously having fun, and everyone knows that they are respected and good at their job. These are interracial scenes that do not play with the normal porn tropes, it’s just hot people having great sex.

Mickey Mod and India Summer in scene six of Marriage 2.0

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This whole movie is absolutely wonderful, and the film should be watched in its entirety, but scene six is a beautifully shot combination of scenes and images that are erotic and stunning. Often when writing about good chemistry between porn performers, it is easy to focus on the different positions, the way someone orgasms, or intense staring into one another’s eyes, but there is often the blatant gonzo movement or position that lasts too long. Inevitably,  I am reminded that I am watching porn. Well, this scene isn’t like that at all. Yes, Marriage 2.0 has a story arch and great dialogue, but the sex scenes are really honest even though they are artistically filmed. The chemistry between Mickey and India is good because of the story, and this creates a more believable scenario between the two of them.

Ana Foxxx and Mick Blue in scene four of The Art of Romance 5

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Ana Foxxx bounces off the screen with sexuality and a sweetness that is endearing and totally captivating. Watching her and Mick Blue is a treat. The Art of Romance series focuses on the sensual as opposed to the usual formula of  gonzo in-out-in-out. Mick still lays it on pretty hard for Ana, but there is a lot of eye contact, kissing, and a bit of dirty talk. They are having fun, and this is a well-filmed scene. This series looks polished, but still real enough to be a regular couple having a steamy session.

There are several other current scenes that have multi-ethnic performers, and they don’t rely on overused formulas. Who Doesn’t Love A Teen Creampie has two scenes in it that play with fantasy, but leave out the expected racial stereotypes. Scene one with Bill Bailey and Kimberly Chi and scene two with Moe Johnson and Sheena Rose (who is really funny in this role) both have potential to fall into the over-used story lines, but neither scene does. Lesbian Adventures – Strap On Specialists 10 scene one with Nina Hartley and Sara Luvv is a personal favorite, as well as April Flores and Drew Deveaux in Artcore

Asia Carerra, Steven St. Croix, and Ana Malle scene 16 of Naughty In Nylons

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This is a classic compilation of sexy nylon scenes from Vivid. The infamous Asia Carrera is shown at the peak of her career here, and she is a great match for Steven St. Croix. I like this scene because it is a throwback to when there was plenty of pubic hair to go around, that includes the men too, as well as the emphasis on luxury decor and ladies in lingerie. Asia makes the best sex faces, and her body trembles are a rare expression of excitement.  This scene reminds me of the films I saw when I first learned about porn, when I didn’t know about the unflattering parts of the industry and I was more focused on what was happening on screen.  There were other stars from this period that performed in tons of “interracial scenes” that were never promoted as such. For example, Charlie was a Latin performer I liked watching because she was tall and curvy, and she didn’t look like a lot of the other stars who were popular at the time. This scene in Naughty In Nylons has Asian, Caucasian, and Native American performers in it, but it was not promoted as anything other than a sexy threesome.

Every person in these scenes is presented with agency and a common respect for their fellow performer. This is not to say that these performers aren’t playing with power dynamics and maybe getting off on their differences, but there are no insults. There are no feelings of exploitation. There are only hot people having good sex. Interracial scenes do not only signify the black/white stereotypes and plots that many films have run into the ground, they allow for a viewer to find alternatives to what may be more easily found. Interracial porn categories in porn can be used to find combinations of performers who may not get as much promotion or work as other performers, or this category can be used to simply spice up your normal porn viewing with performers you haven’t seen before. Either way, it’s time that we look at this category a little differently, and start seeing it as an opportunity to promote different kinds of scenes.