'Pirates II' to Screen at UCLA Tomorrow

Dec 2, 2008 8:00 AM PST
LOS ANGELES — Digital Playground production "Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge" will screen tomorrow night on the UCLA campus, followed by a question-and-answer session with director Joone, producer Samantha Lewis, and performers Evan Stone and Sasha Grey expected to appear.

The screening is presented by the UCLA Campus Events Commission. CEC Commissioner Penson Liu, a fourth-year psychology student, said that he hopes that students will benefit from the panel after the screening.

"We wanted to spark this dialogue of how the adult film industry, mainstream media, and regular films are becoming so similar," Liu said. "There’s a blurring of that line."

Liu noted that in 1978, CEC screened "Deep Throat." Given the precedent of "Deep Throat," one of the most profitable adult films of all time and one that captured the mainstream audience’s attention, Liu said CEC concluded that "Pirates II" might be an diversifying addition to its usual calendar of free sneak previews.

Director Joone told the Daily Bruin that the average 1950s consumer preferred to watch television at home rather than go to movie theaters, much like porn consumers today.

"We need to make better movies, to make people want to pay money to see it. People will not pay for a product where they can get it for free on the Internet," Joone said.

Joone also told the Daily Bruin that he wanted to emphasize character development to provide context for sex scenes through the plot.

"If you don’t build it up, then the payoff is not that great. To me it’s all about the buildup," Joone said. "To me, the sex really happens before the sex."

The screening will be held at the Grand Ballroom at Ackerman Union on the UCLA campus at 8 p.m. tomorrow night. It is free to UCLA students with a BruinCard and government ID showing that they are 18 or older. Reservations are suggested and can be made through the Campus Events Commission website.

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