Adult film website holds public screening
CONNOR WIELGOSZ, CONTRIBUTOR
Kate Sinclaire was in Toronto the first time. She watched an adult film in public. It was forfor the Feminist Porn Awards and she didn’t know what to expect.
A few years later, and she’s taking a cue from the decade-old awards show. She’s putting on her own pornography screening for the newly launched website, Cine Sinclaire.
“This experience of watching adult films in public, it’s not like you would think,” said Sinclaire.
Sinclaire said her experiences with screenings have been overwhelmingly positive.
“The group atmosphere that comes out and everybody’s giggling — it takes something that people often consider so serious, which is sex, and reduces it to something fun and silly and giggly,” said Sinclaire. “It’s sometimes serious — there are moments when the crowd stops breathing — but you can feel it and it’s really cool.”
Ciné Sinclaire is an adult-film website focused on body positivity and sex positivity. Its goal is to showcase people getting intimate in a way that really makes them happy, says Sinclaire.
Right now, the site has four videos for purchase. Screenshots from the videos show glimpses into an adult-film world that includes queer people, people of colour and transgender people.
“Being a young person and not really seeing my body represented in the media that I was consuming — I kind of wanted to do that,” said Sinclaire.
Sinclaire’s first venture into the porn world was with her first website Cherrystems. The website was launched eight years ago and features pornographic images. With Ciné Sinclaire, Sinclaire wanted to add in the element of video to show the diverse group of people in race, gender and sexuality in the adult-film world.
“I think the industry is pretty diverse, but good on creators for pushing for even more,” said Red River College student Julian Auriti.
Ciné Sinclaire is live online, but will be officially introduced at the launch screening on Feb. 14 at The Handsome Daughter.
After seeing how screenings were handled in other provinces, Sinclaire says one of her goals is to normalize the events in Winnipeg.
“There are people making these videos, but they’re all behind closed doors. I wanted to give it a normal face by bringing it out into public.”
Her end game, however, is to bring the sex industry into a safe spotlight.
“My ultimate goal is to give a good source of income to sex workers,” said Sinclaire. “I’d also like to seriously change the way we interact with adult film and kind of realize it is art as well. No matter how privileged it is, it’s all a form of art, it’s all media and we can talk about it.”