Valencia, Calif. — Juicy Pink Box’s Therapy, distributed exclusively by Girlfriends Films, is the focus of Brooklyn-based Internet artist and designer Jonathan Harris’ experimental interactive documentary, I Love Your Work. The project captures seven performers and their work, both on-screen and off, during the filming of “Therapy,” including Ela Darling, Ryan Keely, Jett Bleu, Dylan Ryan, Nic Switch, Delores Haze, and Simone Valentine, as well as director Jincey Lumpkin, Esq.
To view photo stills, box art and the trailer for Therapy, the subject of Harris’ documentary, click here.
I Love Your Work consists of 2,202 10-second video clips – approximately six hours of total footage – taken at five-minute intervals throughout the ten consecutive days of filming Therapy in New York City in 2010. “The clips are intentionally ten seconds long,” explains Harris on his personal website, number27. “It follows the format used by porn sites that offer free teasers enticing viewers to pay to see more. It provides a fractured window into the realities of those who produce fantasies – they are partially teasers for porn, but primarily teasers for life.”
“At that point in my career I was not used to being in front of the camera. It made me feel so uncomfortable and self-conscious,” says Jincey Lumpkin. “Ultimately, what he [Harris] captured is so raw and intimate. Jonathan has a way of getting under your skin, of removing the mask you show the world and getting to the heart of you. I didn’t like being out of control in that way. It actually gave me a lot of respect for my Juicy Pink Box stars. It takes courage to bare your body and soul for the camera lens.”
With over two hours of masturbation content and behind-the-scenes interviews, Therapy shows the vulnerable and real side of seven gorgeous women, as they share their feelings, fears, and fantasies on the therapist’s couch. Jincey explains, “For Therapy, we removed the social formalities of a therapy session. When patients are confessing a particularly erotic memory or fantasy, they are encouraged to go with their feelings, however sensual. The couch becomes a place of pleasure, where each sexy revelation invokes touching. The clothes slowly come off and the stories pour forth, leaving the lesbian patients naked physically and mentally.”
Jincey adds, “When Jonathan [Harris] started creating I Love Your Work during my Therapy shoots, he’d just come from months of isolation in Iceland. I think it was a bit of a shock for him! I remember when he spent the day with Ela [Darling] on set; he was filming her during her masturbation scene, and his pale face turned bright red. He couldn’t even talk afterwards!”
“When I see porn now, I see real people performing,” says Harris, in an article for Slate. “I think about their lives…The power of pornographic fantasies is diminished for me now, because I understand the role of makeup and lighting and camera angels to convey a certain image that usually has very little to do with reality. And I think this is ultimately a really humanizing thing to realize.”
“I Love Your Work is not really porn,” continues Harris. “It’s a project about how people live their everyday lives. It’s just as much about youth, fame, gender, fear, vulnerability, honesty, and privacy as it is about porn and sex. Most of all, it’s a rare chance to experience a day in the life of nine different human beings…it’s not like reality TV, where there’s some editor with an agenda, manipulating the footage…In I Love Your Work, the editing is totally neutral – entirely determined by the time constraints – and this neutrality gives a feeling of raw honesty and truthfulness.”
The project is limited to 10 viewers per day, and tickets cost $10 each for 24 hours of full interactive access to I Love Your Work. There is a calendaring system for booking a date. The site, which also features a trailer for the project, also offers a $300 premium package, which includes a limited-edition archival print of I Love Your Work as well as three 24-hour access tickets. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the Sex Workers Project, which provides social and legal services to people who engage in sex work.
Girlfriends Films Vice President Moose says, “Therapy is completely unique – it is a raw, artistic, and lustful film arousing and engaging the audience. The ability for the performers to expose their intimate parts so readily is what makes this film so captivating. We’re thrilled Jonathan Harris has made Therapy, and all of the elements contained within, a subject for his own interactive project. It’s bound to increase visibility for Therapy, and we are extremely happy.”