A sneak preview of the seventh in Tony Comstock’s ongoing Real People, Real Live, Real Sex documentary series, Brett and Melanie: Boi Meets Girl is an exploration of sexual pleasure in committed relationships and the problematic place of explicit sexuality in cinema. ”Brett and Melanie” depicts a butch/femme couple, and opens up questions about strength and vulnerability in the context of how we portray and interpret gender. Throughout Brett and Melanie’s interview, there is a constant dance of who is strong for whom, of who is vulnerable and who nurtures; and this dance continues when Brett and Melanie make love.
By including frank footage of Brett and Melanie’s lovemaking along with their candid testimony, the film also opens up questions about the meaning of reality in the context of documentary filmmaking, and explodes preconceptions about the place of sexuality and eroticism in cinema.
Curated with Colin Weatherby.
Tony Comstock has been a filmmaker and photographer for more than 20 years. In a world awash in sexualized imagery, why does so little of it speak to the common pleasurable reality of sex? He has explored this and other aspects of the human condition. Subjects of Comstock’s films have included love, sex, 9/11, indigenous fisheries, hurricanes, refugees, HIV/AIDS orphans, and the visualization of God. His current focus is the Real People, Real Life, Real Sex series. Reaction to these films has ranged from film festival laurels and critical and popular acclaim, to police raids on screenings and intimidation of DVD retailers.
Diana Cage is the managing editor of Velvetparkmedia.com and author of several books on sex and sexuality including, Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide and Box Lunch: The Laypersons Guide to Cunnilingus. She is the former editor of On Our Backs, the only lesbian sex magazine made by women, and host of her own show on Sirius XM. Featured in the Here! Television series Lesbian Sex and Sexuality, she was also named one of GO magazines 100 Women We Love. Her newest book, A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Ecstasy, will be out next spring.
Lisa Vandever is co-founder and director of CineKink, an organization that recognizes and encourages the positive depiction of sexuality in film and television. She curates and oversees an annual film festival and touring series designed to promote and showcase such works. A producer and consultant with over twenty years of experience in film and television, Vandever was formerly the director of programming for a regional network of public television stations, worked as a development executive for two New York-based independent production companies and was associate producer of the Sundance award-winning feature film, “Songcatcher.”
Vandever holds an MFA in Film and Video from Northwestern University and a BA in Telecommunications and Film from the University of Oregon. She is currently producing and directing her own documentary, A Public Voyeur, a profile of fine-arts photographer Barbara Nitke and her landmark legal challenge against the federal government’s CDA obscenity law.