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Sisters Doin? It for Themselves

ByAlicia Guinn, Babeland Sex Educator

Inthe past five years, women porn directors have come into their own. Womendirectors are at the forefront of sexy, award-winning, innovative adultproductions.  From traditional couple?sfare to hardcore mainstream girl-on-girl to hot dyke porn, women directors arequestioning assumptions about what women?s porn ?should be? and are catering toa diversity of tastes.

Tristan Taormino

Better known as a sex educator, advice columnist, and theauthor of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sexfor Women, Tristan Taormino has started directing some of the most creativemainstream porn movies on the market.

Her latest movie, Chemistry,won an AVN Award for the Best Gonzo Release of 2007.   Her directorial debut, House of Ass, won at the Feminist Porn Awards for the Hottest AnalAdventure in 2006.

Taormino?s secret to success isn?t better film quality or abetter soundtrack.  Her skill lies ineliciting hot, enthusiastic performances from well-known stars like Mr. Marcusand Joanna Angel.  In her realityTV-style movies, porn stars decide the who, where, what, and when of theirscenes.  They even film each other.  The performers? control over theirperformance translates into fun, authentic scenes that titillate viewers whoare tired of half-hearted, plug-in-socket porn.

Babeland Favorite:Chemistry

Anna Span

The first female porn director from the U.K., Anna Span specializes in glossy,independent productions with amateur actors.  A member of Feminists Against Censorship, Spanearned an arts degree in film and video, and her dissertation was a manifestoon women-centered porn.  Her movies aredistributed through her own distribution company, Easy on the Eye Productions.

Anna Span?s movies highlight amateurs with beautiful,natural bodies who interact in casual, authentic scenes.  Span places utmost importance on the comfortof her sets, even hiring all-female film crews to make her female performersfeel more comfortable.  The result isthat the performances come across as genuine and relaxed.  

Her movies include a hint of a plot, more dialogue thanmainstream films, and sex toys.  Span is knownfor hiring, unknown good-looking male performers.  Her movies a good bet for folks who likehigh-quality, independent porn and love British accents.

Babeland Favorites: HoxtonHoney, UniformBehaviour

Belladonna

Since 2002, Belladonna has won numerous AVN awards for her scorching hotperformances.  She?s known for her nastyhot talk, accomplished anal abilities, and her gorgeous, natural tattooed body.But what makes her performances so memorable is her overwhelming enthusiasm forsex.  

Belladonna made her directorial debut in 2003 with thescorching hot Evil Pink and has goneon to direct more than twenty movies for Evil Angel Video.  Her movie Belladonna?sFucking Girls won an AVN Award in 2006 for Best All-Girl Feature.  

Belladonna?s specialty is hardcore girl-on-girl movies thatusually feature herself along with other porn stars.  Her movies are full to the brim with dirtytalking, contortionist antics, and her giddy performances.  They aren?tfor the faint of heart.

Babeland Favorite: Belladonna?sFucking Girls

Candida Royalle

Candida Royalle pioneered the genre of couple?s porn in themid-80?s.  She started her career as an successfulporn star during the 70s but founded Femme Productions in 1984 to cater to couples,a niche market she saw neglected by the mainstream porn industry.

Candida Royalle?s movies are the epitome of the couple?sgenre?lots of foreplay, dialogue, and a particular focus on women?sorgasms.  Her movies feature mainstreamporn stars and well-developed plots. They are a hit with folks who like context with their sex and are a safefirst bet for couples venturing into the world of porn for the first time.

Royalle is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame, and she won anaward for Lifetime Achievement in Women's Erotica at the Feminist Porn Awardsin 2006.Babeland Favorites: MySurrender, Eyesof Desire 2

Veronica Hart

Another former porn star from the Golden Age of Porn,Veronica Hart started directing and producing films in the mid-90s.  She also works within the mainstream pornindustry with well-known stars like Chloe and Nina Hartley.  She has directed the ?comeback? films of pornstars Marilyn Chambers and Ginger Lynn.

Hart earned a B.A. in theater, and her background in actingis evident in her productions.  Hermovies combine the best of the mainstream porn industry with more intriguingplots and surprising, creative scenes.  Edge Play remains a favorite for thequality of acting, innovative plot, and sexual tension between characters.

Hart has directed more than 20 movies and is a member of theAVN Hall of Fame.

Babeland Favorites: EdgePlay

 

Shine Louise Houston

In the past year TheCrash Pad has been a phenomenon among folks hungry for hot, slick-lookingdyke porn.  The director, Shine LouiseHouston, has a B.F.A. in film from the San Francisco Art Institute and a backgroundin sex education.

As a sex educator for Good Vibrations, the woman-run sexshop in San Francisco,Shine Louise Houston was frustrated by the lack of authentic, sexy dyke pornfilms to recommend to customers,.  Houston decided to puther degree to work by founding Pink and White Productions with the goal ofmaking ?high quality, sensual, queer, adult videos.?

Houston?sindependent movies feature queer performers in hot situations.  Butches and strap-ons abound.  As an added bonus, the movies look good.  The production quality is consistently high. 

 The Crash Pad wonan award for the Hottest Dyke Sex Scene at the Feminist Porn Awards in 2006.

Babeland Favorites: TheCrash Pad, Superfreak

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