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October 21, 2019

The 10 things to pack for a porn film festival

Want to know what to pack for a porn film festival in order to be comfortable and happy? I've been to porn film festivals all over the world and honed my skills - let me help!...

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April 10, 2019

Jennifer’s CineKink 2019 roundup: Three prizes, a workshop, and a lot of fun

I was lucky enough to make it to CineKink/NY for a jam-packed weekend of new friends, funny and sexy movies, and a whole bunch of lovely honors for our new film, Adorn....

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April 10, 2019

Adorn wins Best Dramatic Short Film award at CineKink/NY Film Festival

With so many great films screening this year at CineKink/NY, “the X-rated Sundance,” it’s a true honor to have our short film Adorn awarded the “Best Dramatic Short Film” prize at our USA premiere....

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November 29, 2018

Broadly/Vice interviews Jennifer about Second Date and the perfect porn film

Broadly, the women's arts and culture branch of pop empire Vice, interviews Jennifer in Dutch about her erotic inspirations, her "secret" technique for directing her virtual reality film Second Date, and making the perfect porn film....

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April 10, 2018

Janelle Monáe comes out of the closet with erotic PYNK music video

Full of queer erotic imagery, the lighthearted 1980's inspired music video PYNK is cool on its own -- but even better when you know that singer/actress Janelle Monáe herself has just come out as queer in Rolling Stone....

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April 4, 2018

Cosmopolitan magazine recommends Jennifer in their Ultimate Sex Guide For Her

Cosmopolitan's new Ultimate Sex Guide For Her calls out some of the best things about porn for women: Hot female orgasms, cunnilingus and clit stimulation, overall realism, and the option to see slow, full-body arousal -- like in Jennifer and Murielle's film "Skin. Like. Sun."...

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March 18, 2018

Filmmaker Magazine interviews Jennifer on empathy, ethics, and virtual reality

Filmmaker Magazine's Lauren Wissot interviews Jennifer about her VR film Second Date -- including what she thinks about the role of empathy in virtual reality. She also explores Jennifer's popular Fantasy Film workshop and the trends she sees over time in the kind of people who participate in it....

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January 6, 2018

New Porn Film Festival Vienna launches with a bang

In the first ever edition of the Porn Film Festival Vienna, Founder/Director Yavuz Kurtulmus and Creative Director Saif Can have brought together a nuanced palette of everything from rough-and-ready anarchist porn to gorgeous big-budget porn-themed features. Even better, the warm and friendly festival staff made Vienna a favorite new winter destination for me....

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January 2, 2018

7 tips for getting an erotic movie audition

Want to snag an erotic movie audition? Director Jennifer Lyon Bell of Blue Artichoke Films gets lots of submissions. She tells you how to get an instant call-back: How to write a great introductory email, what photos to include, and what kinds of special talents she's looking for....

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June 11, 2017

Successful Porn Art show at EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam

It's always an honor to be invited to curate programs of the films I most love. My feature-length Porn Art presentation, illustrated with specially selected short film clips, gave me a chance to showcase some of my favorite explicit work in a museum setting....

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May 20, 2017

Jennifer’s From Fantasy To Film workshop: Amsterdam’s EYE Filmmuseum

Tickets now on sale for my popular "From Fantasy To Film: Design Your Own Erotic Film" creative/personal development workshop in Amsterdam in June at the gorgeous EYE Filmmuseum. ...

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March 31, 2017

Laterveer’s “Women & Sex” book embraces alternative porn like Jennifer’s

Author Maartje Laterveer devotes a chunk of her new book "Women And Sex: From Mother-Love to Sex Robot" talking about the freeing and enjoyable power of alternative and female-made porn. Her interview with Jennifer covers sex ed, shame, BDSM and kink discovery, and, of course, feminist sex-positivity....

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September 4, 2016

Feminist Porn 101: A friendly resource guide

Curious about "feminist porn" and what it means? Here's my own personal feminist filmmaking approach, explaining why I think the hottest porn happens to be feminist -- and including a deliciously long list for you of other filmmakers who make it too. ...

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September 1, 2016

Playboy embraces Jennifer’s “porna” films as fun for guys too

Thanks to Playboy for a great article about porn for women ("porna") with interviews from Jennifer, Erika Lust, Ms. Naughty, Yvette Luhrs, Petra Joy, Kaat Bollen, and Luke Hotrod, summarizing: "Women's fantasies are every bit as kinky as men's." We couldn't agree more!...

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March 8, 2016

Emma Watson fantasizes openly about alternative porn

In conversation with feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Emma Watson fantasizes openly about alternative porn. Luckily for her, it already exists. But how does she not know this already?...

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February 8, 2016

Valentine’s Day sale — all our DVDs 15% off with flat shipping

Be our Valentine - with 15% off on the Valentine's Day gifts you buy for friends & lovers....

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October 1, 2015

Dazed magazine interviews Jennifer

Dazed magazine writes a great piece covering the PorYes European Feminist Porn Awards in Berlin. Jennifer is proud to be a winner and to share the honor with amazing artists --and very dear pornfriends -- Goodyn Green, Buck Angel, Jiz Lee, and Gala Vanting....

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August 3, 2015

Headshot screens on VPRO’S “Zomergasten” philosophy program

A brave programming decision. In the 25th year of Dutch cultural program "Zomergasten," special guest and philosopher Simone van Saarloos selects Jennifer Lyon Bell's extremely erotic film "Headshot" to open the program -- at prime time....

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July 9, 2015

NRC Sex issue features Jennifer and Silver Shoes

The NRC newspaper Luxury Sex Special issue features an interview with Jennifer about her tastes in dirty books, dresses, and more....

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July 6, 2015

OH erotic magazine for women features Jennifer in premiere issue

"Oh" erotic magazine for women features Jennifer in premiere issue...

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May 21, 2015

Huffington Post: Silver Shoes is explicit yet authentic

The Huffington Post applauds Silver Shoes, Jennifer's filmmaking approach, and the truth behind how women actually love raw, gasping intensity. True intimacy isn't sanitized....

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May 21, 2015

Buzzfeed: Jennifer’s 14 reasons we all need feminist porn

Buzzfeed is the latest journal to discover and love our new film Silver Shoes as a great example of feminist porn. Plus, dirty photos....

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May 16, 2015

NRC Handelsblad newspaper praises chemistry in Silver Shoes

Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad publishes a thoughtful review of Silver Shoes, and places director Jennifer Lyon Bell's film in a history of alternative porn and erotic filmmaking. "Story, foreplay, and authenticity..they genuinely enjoy each other"...

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May 16, 2015

Lover feminist magazine: Silver Shoes is tender and rough

Giving a great review to our film Silver Shoes, this feminist magazine appreciates how director Jennifer Lyon Bell explodes clichés about women's sexuality. ...

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May 15, 2015

Lvstprinzip reviews Silver Shoes: Smart for all genders

Great review of Silver Shoes in Lvstprinzip: "This is slow porn for you, ladies and (dare I say it) gentlemen! Sexual fantasies that appeal to your intellect and intimate areas in equal measures, whether the actors get married in the end or not."...

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May 5, 2015

Dutch National Premiere of “Silver Shoes” comes to Amsterdam

Arthouse cinema Filmhuis Cavia hosts the Silver Shoes National Premiere and party at the Holy Fuck Film Festival in Amsterdam. (With pictures!)...

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May 5, 2015

Jennifer’s 6 practical tips for shooting porn

What are the 6 best ways to get intimate, hot footage on your set? Jennifer shares her trade secrets for making sexy indie adult cinema. These are the hottest tips for shooting porn....

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May 5, 2015

Dutch website Bol.com now offers our films

Now it's super-easy to get Blue Artichoke Films DVDs delivered quickly and free through Bol.com, with Dutch payment options throughout the Netherlands (and also Belgium). ...

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May 5, 2015

Amsterdam: Jennifer to Teach DIY Porn workshop

All are welcome at Jennifer's “From Fantasy To Film: Designing Your Own Porn & Erotica" workshop at the inaugural Holy Fuck Film Festival in Amsterdam....

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February 6, 2015

New: Silver Shoes DVD now available worldwide on Amazon and our site

Finally our new Silver Shoes DVD is readily for sale at Amazon and our own Blue Artichoke Films site...

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February 5, 2015

Silver Shoes stars AnnaBelle Lee and Liandra Dahl coming to CineKink NYC film festival

CineKink NYC in New York is America's oldest and best erotic film festival. We're honored that AnnaBelle's solo short "Silver Shoes: The Housesitter" is screening there. So we're coming in person!...

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January 31, 2015

Jennifer to teach New York workshop: Intro To Making Your Own Porn

CineKink NYC, New York city's long-running erotic film festival, has invited Jennifer to give her porn filmmaking workshop. All are welcome. Tickets now available....

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January 30, 2015

“Silver Shoes: The Housesitter” to premiere at CineKink/NYC

Our vignette entitled "The Housesitter" from the trilogy Silver Shoes is an official selection of the excellent CineKink/NYC Film Festival in New York. Star AnnaBelle Lee will fly out to New York to join us....

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January 20, 2015

Berlin: Jennifer to teach “Fantasy To Film” workshop on making your own porn

Back by popular demand: Sexclusivitäten in Berlin to host Jennifer's workshop "From Fantasy To Film: Design Your Own Porn/Erotic Film"...

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January 19, 2015

Silver Shoes screening in Berlin with Schwules Museum event in March 2015

Berlin's Schwules Museum is hosting an eclectic selection of films challenging gender roles and creating a new language for porn. We're honored that Silver Shoes was invited to screen at the museum....

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December 1, 2014

Silver Shoes world premiere at ICA London with London Short Film Festival

It's an honor to be invited for our World Premiere to screen at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) with a wonderful short film festival which has shown time and again that they champion artistic daring: The London Short Film Festival. ...

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May 19, 2014

50% Friend discount on “Get A Camera” Utrecht workshop to design your own porn

I'm a fan of Marije Janssen's popular "Get A Room" sexual documentary/discussion series. Get A Room has invited me to teach a workshop on filmmaking: "Get a Camera! workshop: Design Your Own Porn Film (for Beginners)." Now with 50% off if you know me (which you do!)...

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May 15, 2014

Silver Shoes wins Movie Of The Year prize at the Feminist Porn Awards

"Silver Shoes" star AnnaBelle Lee and I were comfortably sitting in the audience of the Feminist Porn Awards, enjoying the show. Then we gasped, completely stunned to hear them naming our film as the winner of the coveted grand prize, Movie Of The Year. ...

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September 18, 2013

Casting call: Male actor for Silver Shoes with Liandra Dahl

Seeking the perfect actor to co-star with sexy, talented, smart actress Liandra Dahl in Silver Shoes. We want to find an actor who’s attractive, energetic, and easygoing. He needs to play the character in a free, subtly flamboyant way, so needs to be comfortable riding the gender spectrum....

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August 22, 2013

Tix on sale for Jennifer’s Amsterdam “From Fantasy To Film” DIY workshop

The Love Academy in Amsterdam has invited Jennifer to teach her popular erotic workshop "From Fantasy To Film: Design Your Own Porn Film." Come explore all the colors of your own sexuality!...

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August 21, 2013

Dusk Porna Awards 2013: Skin. Like. Sun nominated for Best Film

Dusk's female panelists will be selecting the Best Film, and we're very pleased that our film Skin. Like. Sun. has been nominated for the honor. Sex-positive feminist porn pioneer -- and personal hero-- Candida Royalle will be the guest of honor at the ceremony....

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August 20, 2013

Save the date: Jennifer’s “Porn 101: Make Your Own Porn” workshop in Berlin

In this open-minded workshop that Jennifer has been invited to teach at Porn Filmfestival Berlin, you can design exactly the porn that you dream of....

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July 27, 2013

Flavorwire lauds Jennifer’s approach to female characters

In Flavorwire's article "A Brief Survey of Sexually Autonomous Women in Film," author Alison Nastasi says of Jennifer: "Her movies straddle the hazy line between indie art drama and (intelligent) porn, presenting sexual and emotional authenticity."...

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May 14, 2013

Writer Arnon Grunberg and Jennifer spar on “De Avonden”

In a new episode of VPRO's radio show De Avonden dedicated to exploring the relationship between sex and art, famed Dutch author Arnon Grunberg plans to show me a variety of film clips and invite me into debate as how to define and use these deliciously slippery categories....

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February 10, 2013

Off The Shelf: “Sex, Stupidity, and the City” evening

In this "funky mini-Ted," I'll give a talk called "What Women Really Want" illustrated with lots of spicy filmclips....

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December 4, 2012

After Pornified: Smart new book on female-made porn just released

How lovely that a writer finally takes on the challenge of capturing and analyzing the ways in which women directors are transforming pornography. I'm honored to be included in this thoughtful piece, "After Pornified." Finally there's a game-changing book on this topic than Linda William's rightly-lauded "Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the Frenzy of the Visible."...

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October 1, 2012

Time Out Amsterdam: Jennifer is “Amsterdam’s Porn Auteur”

Time Out magazine talks to "porn auteur" Jennifer about Original Sin and directing explicit art movies....

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September 17, 2012

Cosmopolitan awards Matinée “Top 5 Films For Women”

Thanks, Cosmopolitan magazine, for caring about porn for women! Our film "Matinée" is awarded Cosmo's "Top Five Porn Films For Women," and we're completely tickled about it....

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July 26, 2012

First international Film Festival of female porn directors

We are so honored to have Jennifer invited to the world's first international film festival of female porn directors, "Cine Y Sexo: La Mirada Feminina." This summer in Mexico, some of the best porn directors in history come together to share their work and ideas on the international stage....

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April 2, 2012

VICE magazine interviews Jennifer

Vice magazine in Mexico publishes a nice interview Jennifer about her work and approach to filmmaking. The first film festival of women porn directors, Cine Y Sexo: La Mirada Femenina Conferencia, has Jennifer as a Special Guest....

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March 6, 2012

Sadie Lune & Jennifer to perform live actor-director improv

Sadie and I came up with an idea we've never seen performed before: The director of a film, and the starring actress, will each explain the way making that film felt to us. Did she and I have the same challenges and rewards, or were they totally different?...

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February 15, 2012

Jennifer is guest at Filmhuis Cavia’s Feminist Sex Night

An evening of sexy feminist films & fun discussions at Filmhuis Cavia movie theater, hosted by Get A Room creator Marije Janssen. With a vibrator bonus....

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January 11, 2012

Jennifer teaches workshop on directing your own erotic film

For anyone with an erotic imagination, you'll enjoy Jennifer's upcoming erotic filmmaking workshop "Get A Camera – How To Make Erotic Film Your Way"....

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July 15, 2011

Discover Your Perversion: Jennifer leads workshop for Gay Pride

Platform Status Quo has invited Jennifer to teach her fun, open-minded workshop for folks of all orientations and gender identities at Amsterdam Pride (Gay Pride). Jennifer creates a safe space for thinking about your sexual desires and fleshing them out....

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June 29, 2011

Skin. Like. Sun./Des Jours now available in Europe

Our award-winning warm, sexy erotic film "Skin. Like Sun./Des Jours Plus Belles Que La Nuit" is now available on DVD at our website and at lovely shops throughout Europe....

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June 28, 2011

Flair’s Sex & Brains issue features Jennifer

It's great to see the media showing that intelligence and sex aren't mutually exclusive (of course!). Belgium's fashion magazine Flair features Jennifer in their "Sex & Brains: Women With a Diploma and Burning Ambition" article....

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June 25, 2011

Amazon.com now offering Blue Artichoke Films

We know that buying on Amazon is super easy, so we're happy to announce that you can now get our films with free shipping and overnight delivery....

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June 19, 2011

Jennifer is guest at the first Get A Room Film Series

The launch of the"Get A Room" documentary + discussion sex series will be a special Feminist Sex night, featuring Jennifer and her film Headshot...as well as Silver Shoes star Liandra Dahl, live all the way from Australia!...

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May 12, 2011

Jennifer presents 10 Erotic Tips at Shag Brooklyn in New York

At Brooklyn's new hip retail store, art gallery, and event space, Jennifer will give a "10 Erotic Tips" performance with clips from her upcoming film "Skin. Like. Sun." and all the behind-the-scenes scoop on what it's like making an erotic film....

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April 20, 2011

Amsterdam Magazine interviews Jennifer in real conversation with editor

Amsterdam Magazine's creative idea for their interview was simple: Let Jennifer and frequent collaborator, director/editor Stephan Brenninkmeijer, interview each other. It's a neat way to see how an explicit filmmaker and an art film filmmaker, both dealing with sexual themes, choose different strategies....

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April 2, 2011

New film casting sessions in Amsterdam and Europe

Audition now for our new arthouse erotic film, Silver Shoes, in Europe. We'll be traveling to a few countries to find the perfect pair with just the right chemistry. Because we all know that chemistry is everything....

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November 29, 2010

Jennifer teaches Erotic Film masterclass at Dutch Film Academy

Jennifer is honored to be teaching the world's first Erotic Film masterclass at a national film academy. The Dutch Film Academy has invited Jennifer to take the reins in helping professional filmmakers grapple with the theoretical and production issues around sexuality, to create something thoughtful, original, and powerful....

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October 14, 2010

Upcoming Madison Young soiree in Amsterdam

Announcing a super-private special event with a live performance by bondage star, feminist educator, and porn director/star Madison Young -- taking place for one night only in Amsterdam. If you're reading this, a ticket can be yours....

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October 9, 2010

Jennifer to give Porn & Feminism workshop in Berlin

Let's explode the 6 typical misconceptions about how porn and feminism can't possibly overlap. Jennifer shows brilliant filmclips that illuminate the hidden world of feminist and alternative porn that's sexy, explicit, and super-feminist....

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October 9, 2010

Des Jours/Skin. Like. Sun. to hold German premiere at PFF Berlin

Our charming docu-erotic film starring real-life couple Floor and Wim has been invited for its German premiere at Europe's best erotic film festival, Porn Filmfestival Berlin. Congratulations to the stars and of course to our co-director Murielle Scherre, who's coming from Belgium to attend....

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September 23, 2010

Jennifer’s Sexy Euro Cinema program sells out in S.F.

Of course San Francisco audiences would line up to get a glimpse of Europe's newest arty erotic cinema, and we're so glad they joined us at the Sexy Euro Cinema screening! The evening, moderated by sex-positive pioneer Carol Queen, was light, sexy, fun, and completely packed....

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August 20, 2010

Tickets on sale for San Francisco festival’s Sexy Euro Cinema program

At San Francisco's own Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Fest (IXFF 2010), Jennifer has been invited to show several of her films and also put together an evening of the best new European erotica. Most of these films are hard to find in America, so come have a peek at Jennifer's Sexy Euro Cinema....

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August 19, 2010

Center For Sex and Culture invites Jennifer for talkshow

At the Talkshow series of San Francisco's Center For Sex and Culture, Jennifer has been invited to give a special preview of the film she co-directed with Murielle Scherre, "Skin. Like. Sun." (Des Jours). With a fun Q&A with Dr. Carol Queen, who was one of the first people ever to see the movie on the day it first screened....

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August 18, 2010

Matinée now available in American stores

Our European erotic fiction film "Matinée" is now available at shops in America, starting with Good Vibrations -- one of the nicest and most venerable female-friendly sex shops in the USA. ...

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August 5, 2010

Matinée reaches #1 on Dusk cable channel

At Dusk, the world's first female-friendly porn channel, we have just learned that our erotic theater drama Matinée is now rated the #1 Favorite Film by Dusk's viewers....

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July 14, 2010

Queer Lisboa Film Festival screens Matinée

The Portugese film festival Queer Lisboa has a great reputation for being open minded about sexuality, so we were charmed that they have invited Matinée to be part of their festival this year....

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June 30, 2010

Supperclub features Matinée and Headshot

Featuring visual art, performance art, film, dance, spoken-word, poetry, presentations, talk shows, debates, and social networking, Supperclub's "Slave Arts & Culture" evenings are all the rage. We're pleased to be invite to screen our movies there in person....

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June 21, 2010

Jackie fashion magazine profiles Blue Artichoke Films

Thanks to Jackie magazine for "Sexlife Scenes," a nice roundup of five different womens' careers in sexuality. Jennifer talks about how she got into the business, the role of emotion, and the differences between American and Dutch attitudes about sex. Also: dry humping!
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June 15, 2010

Red Vic cinema in San Francisco showing all our films

Jennifer has been invited to curate an evening of "Sexy Euro Cinema" at San Francisco's famed Red Vic theater, as part of the cool new IXFF Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Fest. She has been invited to show her own work plus a selection of Europe's best new erotic film work....

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June 14, 2010

Cum Shots queer porn festival: Jennifer leads panel

Cum Shots is Amsterdam's first Alternative "LesbianBTQ" Porn Festival. Jennifer is honored to host a porn panel there, alongside bondage workshops, tons of spicy porn screenings, and performance art by Sadie Lune, Judy Minx and burlesque king/queen Louis(e) De Ville....

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June 7, 2010

Sexy International Film Festival Paris selects Headshot

"Celebrating everything that is love, erotic, sensual, political, perverse and funny," Paris's Sexy International Film Festival Paris has its heart in exactly the right place. We're honored that our film Headshot is an Official Selection of the festival this year....

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April 10, 2010

Des Jours wins Feminist Porn Award for Best Direction

Last night at the Feminist Porn Awards, co-directors Jennifer Lyon Bell and Murielle Scherre were thrilled to receive the trophy for Best Direction for their erotic artistic documentary Des Jours Plus Belles Que La Nuit (Skin. Like. Sun.)...

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March 2, 2010

Sold-out seats at Charming Filth at Rialto

What a fabulous evening of cinema, latex fetishwear, audio erotica, and burlesque. Marije Janssen and I want to thank everyone who participated in our Charming Filth event and made it so special. ...

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February 15, 2010

Matinée featured in UK’s Erotic Knave magazine

In the great article "New Wave Porn: Blue Artichoke Films Blur the Boundaries Between Art and Porn," author Emily Dubberley interviews Jennifer about Matinée and female desire in Erotic Knave magazine. ...

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February 3, 2010

CineKink hosts International Premiere of new film collaboration Des Jours

Murielle and I are thrilled that "Des Jours Plus Belles Que La Nuit" has been invited to New York for its International Premiere at CineKink, the most prestigious erotic film festival in America....

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February 2, 2010

Charming Filth: Films & party at Rialto Cinema

Charming Filth is Jennifer and Marije's new erotic late-night evening of sexy films, costumes, music, live performances, and cocktail treats. Come join us for this decadent evening!...

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February 1, 2010

English Breakfast radio show interviews Jennifer

Amsterdam's only English-language radio show, English Breakfast Radio, plans to chat with Jennifer about erotic filmmaking and her upcoming Charming Filth late-night erotic event at Rialto Cinema....

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January 26, 2010

Film Curation lecture at University of Amsterdam

Because of her Curation work in a very specific field of erotic film curation (including sexual documentary, explicit art videos, and alternative pornography), Jennifer has been invited to present at the new "Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image" program at the UvA....

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January 20, 2010

Vrij Nederland singles out Matinée for praise

Kudos to journalist Kees Driessen of Vrij Nederland, who offers a thoughtful and historical exploration of women and erotic/porn film in his article "Finally Here Come The Women." Showing our film Matinée to female viewers, we were happy to hear "Fantastic. Possibly the best sex scene ever. And I don't think it's just for women. Lots of my men friends would enjoy this too."...

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January 19, 2010

Fleshbot praises Matinée as “Golden Era quality”

"Bell would have been right at home with the ancient (1970s) pornographers like Gerard Damiano and Jackie Treehorn. Her 'Matinée' is a high-concept and beautifully shot interlude about feelings and the artist's process."...

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January 15, 2010

Jamye Waxman: Matinée is “the bees knees”

Jamye Waxman, dubbed the "next generation of sex educator" by Wired magazine, gives a warm rave review to our film Matinée: "It spans the line between porn and erotica with grace and dignity."...

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January 8, 2010

Jennifer interviewed on Susie Bright show

Swooning: Jennifer gets interviewed by her hero, Susie Bright, on her radio talk show "In Bed With Susie Bright": "Revolutionary erotica…What Ms. Bell is doing is a New Wave of cinema that intersects between explicit sex and independent film, and she’s taken the whole idea of what women’s erotica might be, or what might appeal to women, and has brought a kind of poetry into it that is very rare and utterly exhilarating.”...

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December 20, 2009

Matinée and Headshot at 3rd Annual Women Inc. Festival

We're proud to have Matinée and Headshot invited to screen at the Women Inc. third international festival. This special event will "inspire entertaining discussion and debate around women's relationships to career, sex, power, faith, relationships, and finance."...

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December 1, 2009

Film-professional magazine Masterfiles profiles Matinée

Film-professional magazine Masterfiles was interested in the camera craft behind Matinée; how did Jennifer choreograph, shoot, direct and edit a movie with an all-professional film team? Jennifer talks about how much she learned during the unique process....

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November 27, 2009

Hip music magazine Subbacultcha gives the gift of Headshot

Cool music magazine Subbacultcha asked us if they could offer some of their readers our short intensely-erotic documentary experience "Headshot" -- well, naturally we were delighted....

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November 17, 2009

Belgian TV documentary features Blue Artichoke

This Belgian documentary on Prime TV poses a new generation of erotic artists, including director Jennifer, as a positive and worthy reaction against the dulling of desire in modern society. We're happy to have been included....

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November 14, 2009

Matinée screening at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco

Yerba Buena Center has great arts cinema programming in San Francisco. They will be running the Cinekink/NYC film festival's national tour, which this year includes Jennifer's film Matinée -- the winner of CineKink's Best Short Narrative Film prize....

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October 25, 2009

Sold-out German premiere of Matinée

What an exciting evening! Matinée's German premiere was standing-room-only. It's an honor to be at a film festival known for its high-quality, sexy edgy programming....

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October 17, 2009

Jennifer is official presenter at the European Feminist Porn Awards (PorYes)

Jennifer has been asked to be an Official Presenter at the European Feminist Porn Awards in Berlin. She is pleased to support PorYes, which celebrates five champions in erotic film and photography....

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October 4, 2009

World premiere of Jennifer and Murielle’s new erotic film Des Jours

The first-ever collaboration between erotic director Jennifer Lyon Bell and lingerie designer/author/DJ Murielle Scherre will have its World Premiere at the Stout(ste) Dromen feminist festival in Antwerp....

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October 1, 2009

Sexy International Film Festival screens Headshot

Happily, Headshot is an Official Selections of the Sexy International Film Festival in Melbourne. Matinée has recently been deemed too sexy for festivals in Australia, the talented & dedicated organizers of SIFF are hoping the can screen it with Headshot -- fingers crossed!...

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September 28, 2009

Belgian lad mag P-Mag features Blue Artichoke

It's awesome to see mens' magazines giving credit to alternative pornography. As the writer points out, women enjoy explicit sex too -- it's not all soft and loving. ...

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September 26, 2009

Belgium’s De Morgen newspaper interviews Blue Artichoke

Wax, the popular Belgian paper De Morgen's weekend magazine, runs a great article about Blue Artichoke Films called "Vulnerability is arousing". Fantastic summary of what Blue Artichoke Films is all about....

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September 21, 2009

Carnal Nation magazine interviews Jennifer

The Sex Beat column in today's Carnal Nation online sex culture magazine has a nice interview with Jennifer, including a discussion of the recent Australian film festival ban on Matinée....

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September 20, 2009

Jennifer gives “Artishock” workshop at L-Salon

For Antwerp's lesbian feminist L-Salon, Jennifer has been invited to help the audience explore the feminist potential of pornography, especially porn made by women and sexual minorities. In "Artishock" we'll discuss visibility, desire, and the future of porn....

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September 12, 2009

Headshot wins Best Erotic Film prize at Atlanta Underground Film Festival

Though we weren't able to attend in person, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival sounded fabulous. Big thanks for the jury for awarding Headshot the prize for Best Erotic Short Film!...

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September 11, 2009

“Revolutionary Porn & Erotica” workshop by Jennifer

The Stout(ste) Dromen Feminist Festival is so cool that it's managed to nab revolutionary guests like sex-positive pioneer Carol Queen and porn revolutionary Susie Bright. Jennifer has been invited to present a "Revolutionary Porn & Erotica" workshop to bring to light the amazing side of alternative pornography....

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September 10, 2009

Jennifer and Murielle’s film collaboration to premiere at feminist festival

Jennifer and friend/collaborator Murielle Scherre (La Fille D'O) have been invited by the Stout(ste) Dromen Feminist Festival to come up with a creative erotic short film that will premiere at the festival. They are very excited to see what they come up with together....

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September 1, 2009

Matinée wins Best Short Film prize in Australia, despite ban

We were so sad to hear that Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification refused at the last minute to allow Matinée to publicly screen as planned. However, we are blown away to hear that the jury held a SECRET MEETING and awarded Matinée the jury prize anyway! Our huge thanks....

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August 20, 2009

Matinée too hot for Australia?

The loyal director and staff of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival are stunned that the Australian Film Commission is refusing Matinée the right to screen due to "sexual content". Today the festival director Richard Wollstencroft widely released a press statement of support (see here)....

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August 6, 2009

Atlanta Underground Film Festival officially selects Headshot

"The Atlanta Underground Film Festival is on a mission to expose and promote the many innovative yet underrepresented film/video artists, musicians, and visual artists who continuously break the boundaries of self expression." We're so pleased they picked Headshot....

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August 5, 2009

Two films picked for Sexy International Film Festival

Planned to screen in Melbourne, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Perth, we're happy to announce that Headshot and Matinée have both been officially selected for this year's Sexy International Film Festival...

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August 1, 2009

Strasbourg International Film Festival selects Matinée

Delightfully, Matinée has been invited for its French premiere at the Strasbourg International Film Festival, with "creative, edgy, out-of-the-box and maverick filmmakers in all genres including experimental and avant-garde as well as more traditional dramas, thrillers, romantic comedies, daring documentaries, and wild ride animation."...

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July 28, 2009

Porn Film Festival Berlin selects Matinée

Super-pleased that Porn FilmFestival Berlin has officially selected Matinée for this year's festival. We'll be in Berlin in October to present the movie in person -- come join us!...

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July 22, 2009

Headshot selected for Sydney Underground Film Festival

We're happy to announce that Headshot was officially selected for the Sydney Underground Film Festival, which screens "unique, quality independent films that transgress the status quo and challenge the conservative conventions of filmmaking." Headshot will be included as part of their "Love/Sick" evening program....

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July 4, 2009

Jennifer speaking at “INTERESTING Amsterdam: The Sex Edition”

Think sound is important in erotic film? Jennifer sure does too. That's why she's excited to speak at this special sex-themed INTERESTING AMSTERDAM conference about "The Sound Of Sex," explaining why sound in erotic/porn film is so important, and how you can work with actors, microphones, sound engineers, and music (or lack therof) to maximize the erotic wallop of a film....

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July 1, 2009

“De Zomer Draait Door” TV program features Blue Artichoke

Popular Dutch TV program De Zomer Draait Door (Endless Summer) featured Jennifer on a special about the Women Inc. televised Women and Sex event at Pakhuis de Zwijger. Jennifer had lots of fun, even though the clip here asks: "You studied at Harvard. Are your parents very disappointed in you?"...

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June 23, 2009

Melbourne Underground Film Festival officially selects Matinée

We're thrilled to announce that Matinée will screen at Melbourne Underground Film Festival, the rebel film festival that aims to cut against the grain. They specialize in artistic, controversial, avant-garde, sexual, and political films....yup, that's Matinée....

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June 4, 2009

Jennifer speaks on Women Inc. sexuality panel

As part of a unique sexually themed evening, Jennifer has been invited to participate in panel discussion about female sexuality and porn for women. Special guests include icon Xaviera Hollander ("The Happy Hooker" of Penthouse magazine) and the author of a new lesbian sex handbook....

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May 18, 2009

De Telegraaf features Blue Artichoke Films

De Telegraaf, the biggest daily Dutch morning newspaper, covered Jennifer, Blue Artichoke Films, and Matinee today, with a sweet article entitled (in translation) "Cute Asses and Lots Of Emotion". There are probably a lot of Dutch people with wide eyes over their coffee this morning....

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May 1, 2009

Matinée now available at www.blueartichokefilms.com

Stuffed with DVD extras and bonus footage, our new Matinée DVD is now for sale....

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April 29, 2009

Fools In Print art mag publishes Jennifer’s “The Sound Of Ecstasy”

Jennifer offers a new article, "The Sound of Ecstasy," that talks about the erotic power of sound from a cognitive, philosophical, and artistic perspective....

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April 27, 2009

Matinée wins prize at Feminist Porn Awards

Thank you for Matinée's Honorable Mention award at the Feminist Porn Awards (created and sponsored by Good For Her in Toronto), and congratulations to the wonderful porn filmmakers and performers who make this festival possible....

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March 14, 2009

Cocktail party: Top 5

Want to know what everyone else is asking Jennifer? Some of these questions are sweet and some a bit less so. But if you see her, she's always up for a chat. In short, lay it on her. These are the top 5 questions she gets asked....

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March 10, 2009

Matinée wins the prize for Best Short Narrative Film

Huge thanks to the CineKink jury who awarded Matinée the Best Short Narrative Film award. Glad they agreed with the warm and enthusiastic audience, one of whom told us, "It was like something you'd see on IFC or the Sundance channel, but with, y'know, sex!"...

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March 10, 2009

Sexologists conference invites Blue Artichoke Films

Alternative erotic film is completely new to most sexologist and other medical health professionals. Fortunately, the progressive Dutch/Flemish Federation of Sexologists actually invited Blue Artichoke to come talk about porn/erotic film and its potential for sexual health....

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March 10, 2009

Opzij feminist magazine features Blue Artichoke

Opzij, the most popular feminist magazine in Holland, reaches out to learn more about Blue Artichoke Films and the new world of ethical woman-made erotica....

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February 21, 2009

Matinée’s International Premiere in New York at Anthology Film Archives

Jennifer flies to New York to present the International Premiere of Matinée....

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February 21, 2009

Sold-out World Premiere for Matinée

Wow, the 400-seat theater was packed for Matinée's World Premiere with star Alicia Whitsover and many of the cast & crew. What a wild night!...

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January 11, 2009

New film Matinée premiering in Amsterdam

Tickets now on sale for Matineé's World Premiere in Amsterdam, where many of the stars and crew will be there with us....

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January 11, 2009

Viva magazine features Blue Artichoke Films

In this month's Viva, Jennifer talks about erotic filmmaking and about her new Rated X: Amsterdam Alternative Erotica Film Festival...

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January 11, 2009

IKON television series features Blue Artichoke

A surprisingly positive Christian take on the positive effects of ethical erotic filmmaking as practiced by Jennifer...

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January 11, 2009

Jennifer curates for Monkeytown Brooklyn art space

This spectacular immersive cinema/restaurant space will run Jennifer's custom Charming Filth erotic program this December....

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January 11, 2009

Lover feminist magazine features us

Lover runs a thoughtful article called "Porn for Women: Authentic Desires" featuring Jennifer....

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January 11, 2009

Paris Porn Film Festival selects Blue Artichoke Film “Headshot”

In their "Short And Hot" collection, we're happy to announce that the Paris Porn Film Festival has invited our film "Headshot" to screen....

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January 11, 2009

Jennifer teaches Ladyfest “Feminist Porn & Erotic Film” workshop

"Would you like to find porn/erotica that turns you on without offending your feminist sensibilities?" Filled with clips, Jennifer gives a talk at Ladyfest to help you explore sexy new erotic material you never knew existed. ...

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January 11, 2009

Celebrity panels at Pinched festival hosted by Jennifer

The Midsummer Day guest panels will be packed with porn and culture celebrities, and Jennifer is honored to host the panels for Pinched....

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January 11, 2009

Jennifer opens Call For Entries at Rated X Film Festival

Calling all professional and budding erotic filmmakers! Jennifer and the rest of the Rated X: Amsterdam Alternative Erotica Film Festival programming team invite you to send your entries in now....

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January 11, 2009

Jennifer hosts “Feminist Fantasies” evening at Pinched

What are the 5 key myths separating feminism and porn? In "Feminist Fantasies," Jennifer will show beautiful porn and erotic film clips to prove that sex film and feminism not only don't conflict, but enrich each other....

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January 11, 2009

Opzij magazine recommends director Jennifer

Nice that a feminist magazine is so enthusiastic about how ethical porn films can "make sex hotter". Thanks to Opzij for the shoutout to Jennifer's movies....

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January 11, 2009

Amsterdam Weekly launches Jennifer’s new column “Ladywood”

Jennifer now dishes weekly advice as Ladywood, the new sex columnist for Amsterdam's local culture paper, The Amsterdam Weekly. She's on the cover this week. ...

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January 11, 2009

“Law & Order” showcases Jennifer’s MOSEX stag exhibition

Wow, this popular television series sets their season premiere actually inside of Jennifer's MOSEX exhibition, "Stags, Smokers And Blue Movies: The Origins Of American Pornographic Film." ...

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May 7, 2008

McSex book loves Jennifer’s movies despite disliking porn

Myrthe Hilkens's new book McSex decries the effect of porn on society and culture, but the book ends with one special chapter entitled "Good Porn" -- about the uplifting effects of the film's Jennifer makes, and the films Jennifer curates in her shows like "Pinched: Sex, Love, and Countercultures". There's a bigger point to be made here about how we define porn....

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May 1, 2008

McSex book includes chapter on Jennifer & sex-positive porn

Thanks so much to Myrthe Hilkens for including an entire chapter on sex-positive porn in her book "McSex: De Pornoficatie Van Onze Samenleving/The Pornification Of Our Society"....

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