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Guest of Honour at London Porn Film Festival 2018

Posted at 11:28 on 12 Apr 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I'm overjoyed to announce that I have been asked to be the Guest of Honour at the second London Porn Film Festival! The LPFF is an annual festival celebrating queer, feminist, radical and experimental porn from around the world, and this year it runs from Thurs 12th til Sun 15th April - starting tonight! - at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury.

I attended last year's festival and did a Q&A on the films I screened, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to watch lots of diverse, exciting and hot queer porn. You can read press coverage and my comments on last year's event here, and my blogpost about the new experience of creating audio descriptions for my films here.

I am delighted that the festival is returning this year, and excited that it's going from strength to strength. There's a larger programme, more films, and a choice of two workshops, one of which I'll be facilitating - my popular DIY Porn workshop which will be held on Friday (tomorrow) at noon. Making your own porn can enable you to express yourself, enjoy your body, embrace your sexuality, and have fun! Come along for some tips on how to create hot, inclusive porn, and see some sexy clips to showcase some different approaches to DIY porn. I really enjoyed giving this workshop on Valentine's Day and can't wait to do it again - here's my write-up from the last one. There are still a few places left so don't miss out - get your tickets here!

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Tags: accessibility, DIY porn, Dreams of Spanking, ethical porn, events, feminist porn, film festivals, London Porn Film Festival, queer porn, workshops

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Fucking against Fascism

Posted at 16:38 on 12 Mar 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Fucking Against Fascism DIY porn film screening flyer

I'm super excited for this queer porn screening that's touring Europe right now! The headliner is Fucking against Fascism, a collaboration between Courtney Trouble and Chelsea Poe, which is screening alongside selected films by Bishop Black and the Sluts4Sluts Collective. The UK event is a week tomorrow, Saturday 17th March from 5pm-10pm. Here's the Facebook event. If you're in London you should come!

Courtney Trouble is a rad queer porn director, one of the pioneers of queer porn; they run QueerPorn.tv and RealQueerPorn.com. Chelsea Poe is a gorgeous transfemme performer, known for her work with Gods Girls, Trouble Films and TrenchcoatX.

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Tags: Bishop Black, Courtney Trouble, DIY porn, events, film screenings, queer porn, Sluts4Sluts collective

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DIY porn - how to make it and feel good doing it

Posted at 18:00 on 5 Mar 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Pandora Blake presents DIY Porn - how to make it and feel good doing it

I didn’t spend Valentine's Day with my lover this year. I spent it supporting curious couples and individuals to express themselves sexually on camera. I’m not complaining. I saw Felix the following night - and I really love my job.

I was teaching an adult sex education class on DIY Porn: how to make it and feel good doing it. The event was produced by The Book Club in Shoreditch, the same people who hosted my talk a few months ago on feminist porn. This one was intended as a provocative evening out for couples who wanted to have a go at making their own sex tapes, but also open to anyone who wanted to try their hand at shooting porn. I was contacted on Twitter afterwards by an escort friend considering making the move into shooting clips, who said that the class inspired her, which delighted me; I’m pleased that the class wasn’t just useful to hetero couples, but to queer sex workers too!

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Tags: Bright Desire, Cookie Cosmos, Dante, DIY porn, Emma Celeste, Lilith, Nimue Allen, Nimue's World, public speaking, talk, The Book Club, workshop

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DIY Porn - Valentine's Special!

Posted at 12:31 on 18 Jan 2018 by Pandora / Blake

DIY porn with Pandora Blake

What are you doing for this Valentine's Day? How do you fancy spending the evening with me? I will be back at the splendid Book Club in Shoreditch doing a talk and screening on DIY Porn, and I'd love you to join me. Whether it's for distribution or simply for your own pleasure, creating your own sex tapes can be a way to empower and nurture yourself through expressing yourself, enjoying your body, embracing your sexuality, and having fun! And if you have someone special to make it with, it's a hot opportunity to create some personalised smut with your favourite lover.

Porn is political - and in a world dominated by the fantasies of straight white men, what could be more radical than creating your own consensually-produced erotica? Porn can be (and often is!) queer, feminist, trans-positive, fat-positive, age-positive, and ethnically diverse. It can be respectful, sincere, intimate, romantic, sensual, artistic, loving, or whatever you want it to be. When you're shooting yourself, you have full control over how you present, and the story you tell.

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Tags: DIY porn, public speaking, talk, workshop

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DIY Queer Porn show on Radio AvA

Posted at 19:09 on 7 Nov 2017 by Pandora / Blake

A couple of weeks ago I broadcast my first very own live radio show for Radio Ava, a DIY sex worker community project. I presented 90 minutes of DIY Queer Porn, including steamy audio teasers and interviews with some of the hottest up-and-coming stars of the UK queer porn scene. It was great fun - I really enjoyed playing at being DJ with the tunes I'd picked out, and it was so great to be in the studio with other sex workers.

I broadcast an interview I'd recorded and edited earlier in the week with Cookie Cosmos, in which they have loads of interesting things to say about being a trans porn producer, the ways in which mainstream porn lets down trans performers, the value of social media for DIY porn, and their exciting forthcoming projects. I've been lucky enough to meet Cookie now, at the trans femme porn screening they showed work at, alongside their wife and fellow porn maker Rae Cosmos, and Chelsea Poe. It was an amazing evening; so great to connect with other trans non-binary folk including three icons of trans porn, and see some of the exciting work being produced by new filmmakers in the UK right now. I'm eager to collaborate with Cookie and Rae and already plotting ways I can find time to get together and create some work with them.

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Tags: Ava Caradonna, Blath, Dion de Rossi, DiscoTitts, DIY porn, ethical porn, fairtrade porn, feminist porn, queer, queer porn, Radio AvA

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DIY porn workshop FAQ

Posted at 16:54 on 1 Mar 2016 by Pandora / Blake

Express Yourself Through DIY Porn

This coming weekend I'll be running my first ever workshop, a full day event hosted by the amazing people at the School of Erotic Mysteries, who are passionate about helping people explore and express their sexual power. It's going to be the first event of its kind (that I know of) in the UK, and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to share the knowledge I've accumulated during ten years working in porn. If more people made their own porn we could transform the industry for the better - make it more authentic, more diverse and more representative of the gorgeous variety of real people's sexuality. Plus it would give more people the chance to experience the many rewards of expressing your erotic self on camera - it's an incredible buzz and a journey towards greater self-love and creative satisfaction!

We've had lots of interest and many people asking questions about the event, so we have put together the following FAQ. If you have any other questions, ask away - and if you want to dip your toe into the waters of erotic performance in a supportive, accessible and non-judgemental environment, perhaps I'll see you on Sunday.

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Tags: DIY porn, events, fairtrade porn, porn, School of Erotic Mysteries, teaching, workshop

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Empower Yourself Through DIY Porn

Posted at 15:51 on 19 Feb 2016 by Pandora / Blake

Empower yourself through DIY porn - workshop flyer

A couple of years ago I wrote an article about why I think we need more DIY porn - to improve industry working conditions, increase diversity of representation, and empower more people to see and express themselves as the sexy creatures they are. Well, if you thought making porn might be something you might want to try but you don't know where to start, I'm now developing my DIY porn thoughts into a full day hands-on workshop, in collaboration with the School of Erotic Mysteries.

This event will take place in central London on Sunday 6th March - just two weeks away! It will run from approximately 10am-5pm with a break for lunch, and we’ll focus on building your confidence and capacity to the point where you have the skills and inspiration you need to go home and start shooting.

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Tags: DIY porn, events, fairtrade porn, porn, School of Erotic Mysteries, teaching, workshop

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Clips4Sale - how to sell videos online

Posted at 10:15 on 17 Jun 2014 by Pandora / Blake

Cheap cameras and free online tools have democratised porn. Now anyone - performers, their friends, even you - can control the means of production and make and sell videos online. As far as I'm concerned, the more the merrier. The more people produce their own erotic material, expressing their own sexuality and fantasies, the more diverse and representative porn will be. I think that do-it-yourself porn is our best chance of weakening the restrictive, sexist narratives which are all too familiar from mainstream productions. This is the first of a series of blogposts offering tutorials on how to get started selling your own porn online.

Clips4Sale: sell videos online

Clips4Sale.com is a video on demand distributor which specialises in fetish content from independent producers, often made by the performers themselves. They let you sell video online without paying any upfront fees, avoiding the commitment in terms of time and expense involved in running an adult membership site. Unlike other VOD sites, they let the customer buy the film by downloading the video file to their hard drive, rather than renting it by making it available to stream for a limited time.

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Tags: Body positivity, Clips4Sale, DIY porn, Fairtrade porn, Gender politics, how to, Kink activism, Performers and producers, Politics, Sites and studios

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