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"If you want to see naked people, you have to find naked people with big boobs and who are 18 and sexy," says "Monster," a member of the East Van Porn Collective. "That's all that's available. You kind of have to find it sexy if you want to see naked people."

 

Members of the collective, eight folks from Vancouver in their late 20s and early 30s, decided they wanted something other than mainstream pornography's predictable erotic imagery, so they made their own -- and then made a movie about the whole experience, taking turns behind and in front of the camera, making all decisions by consensus.

The collective arrives Tue., Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Mr. Roboto Project in Wilkinsburg to screen their film, Made in Secret: The Story of the East Van Porn Collective. They've been touring North America by rail in support of the film, which premiered in San Francisco and took about three years of working around day jobs, and zero funding, to produce.

"Come for the sex, stay for the process," says J.D., another collective member. "People are surprised that that's not unenjoyable to watch."

Monster -- collective members work strictly under their "porn names" -- says that for her, an important part of making the film was exploring and commenting on who's exploited and who makes most of the money in the porn industry.

 

"When you watch," she says, "you don't have to feel like you're exploiting us."

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