Hello Rikki, for those who might not know you please let us know you are and please describe yourself?
I’m an average, fun-loving 24 year old kid who just started directing adult movies. I am also the son of Axel Braun, the most award-winning porn director of all times, and the grandson of Lasse Braun, the man who de facto started the adult industry in 1961. But don’t hold that against me.
So you are the first third generation person that has gotten into the industry. What about it made you want to follow the footsteps of your grandfather and father?
I’ve always been interested in filmmaking and after I graduated from the New York Film Academy my dad offered me the opportunity to work with him. The way he approaches pornography is not unlike any mainstream director, there’s a lot of groundwork, a lot of passion, and of course his meticulous attention to details. I shot camera for him on a few movies, I edited, I PA’d and I was Assistant Director on Batman v Superman XXX. When he felt that I was ready he asked me if I wanted to try directing, and here I am. Nepotism at its best.
You just finished filming your first movie called Exposed. What can you tell us about this movie and how it came about with you as director?
My dad wrote the script as a vehicle for Asa Akira, and he thought it would be a great first movie for me. I’ve been friends with Asa for years so I was well within my comfort zone. And I was able to cast Abella Danger, who is incredible. It’s a pretty stylish, very visual movie, I just sent my dad a rough cut of it and he is apparently very happy with the way it came out. I think his exact words were “Fuck dude, that looks amazing!”. Now if I never direct another movie again, you’ll know he was just being nice because he loves me.
Your father wrote Exposed, do you have any aspirations to write your own movies as well or are you concentrating on directing first?
Eventually, yes. But for now I’m happy to focus on developing a directing style and honing my skills. Big shoes to fill…lots of honing to do.
Exposed is a feature movie. Are you hoping to concentrate on features or do you want to dabble in all-sex and vignette movies as well?
I want to try my hand at as many genres as possible. I just finished Riley Steele’s new showcase for ABP, Riley Goes Gonzo 2 and I’m preparing an interracial all-sex for Wicked. And of course I’d love to do a parody, but I might have to wait until my dad retires.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would be your dream movie to make?
A drama with mainstream movie stars and explicit sex. You said “dream”, right?
Are you a fan of porn? If so, what would you say is your favorite kind to watch?
I did watch a lot of porn for years, especially since between my dad and my grandpa you can imagine I had access to quite a collection, but nowadays I don’t really get a lot of “me time” between work and girlfriends. I definitely have a fondness for “golden age porn”, but I’ve always enjoyed quality movies, whether story-driven or all-sex. And I do like some twisted psychological stimulation, so just about anything Dana Vespoli directs.
I know you are just starting out but who are some of the people you want to work with as a director?
jessica drake, definitely. Also Holly Hendrix, Alex Grey, and Kendra Lust. And I could work with Asa Akira forever, she’s my all-time favorite!
Who would you say your idols are, either within the industry or not?
Hunter S. Thompson, Seth Troxler and Stanley Kubrick.
What sort of things do you like to do when you aren’t working? Any hobbies?
I love movies, so I’m probably in a movie theater at least three or four days a week. And I really love girls, so I, wait, is that considered a hobby?
Are there any projects or special events coming up that you would like to promote, if so please do so?
Exposed will be out in March from Wicked Pictures, hopefully people will like it as much as my dad says he did.