James Deen Disses Crowdfunding To Throw A Sexy Party: Is Crowdfunding Done? (The Adult Film Minute)

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THE ADULT FILM MINUTE: Once per month, except for occasionally when it’s more frequent than that, Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals will be telling us a little bit about what’s going on in adult entertainment and why it should matter to you.

I recently got some PR explaining that James Deen is going *old school* by hosting a wild party to benefit his upcoming short film project, OverKill.

Said wild party will be held at the end of July in LA and is open to the general public. It costs to get in, and the event will include raffles, a silent auction, games, and booths. And – and this was what I found most important – the entire thing is being sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. PBR, bro!

Deen (via the PR) stated:

“I am sick of crowdfunding sites. I think they are annoying and have reached a point where they are tacky and just reek of desperation… I know that technically this is crowdfunding, but the idea is to do it in a more awesome and fun way. I don’t want to harass people online to donate to something. I want to provide people with an awesome time where they will get instant gratification and hopefully the satisfaction of helping some kids make a movie!”

Deen added, “Crowdfunding sites are so 2011 – let’s party!”

James Deen has spoken, which leads to my question: Have crowdfunding sites jumped the shark?

In terms of porn, crowdfunding sites have always kinda been jerks. They generally define their terms of service such that funding for “pornographic material” isn’t allowed (see, for example, Kickstarter), or the terms are unclear and/or arbitrarily enforced. Both policies are obviously a site’s prerogative, but they’re also more than a little discriminatory and sex-phobic.

Jiz Lee of Pink&White Productions told me that two of their porno-contemporaries – Eden Alexander and Andre Shakti – had their porn-related crowdfunding projects canceled by GiveForward and Fundly, respectively. Fundly, ironically, operates under the banner “Raise money for anything.” Well, not anything, clearly. In an interesting twist however, Lee is currently in the middle of running an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund SNAPSHOT, an erotic suspense thriller from writer/director Shine Louise Houston.