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Pornhub to release first non-porn documentary on LA's black lesbian strip clubs to reach out to more women

The film 'Shakedown' is made by conceptual artist Leilah Weinraub and will have a stream of consciousness, non-fiction narrative
UPDATED MAR 19, 2020
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The largest adult film site in the world — Pornhub — is all set to release its first-ever non-pornographic movie, in an attempt to expand audience demographics and diversify its content.

The film in question is a documentary called 'Shakedown', made by conceptual artist Leilah Weinraub, which will stream on Pornhub for free throughout March before hitting broadcast on the Criterion Channel. By summer, it will be available on the iTunes store, Variety reported. 

The film will be depicted in a stream-of-consciousness, nonfiction narrative and present an inside look at how queer men and women gave rise to the lesbian strip club community that presently exists in Los Angeles. It features gay women of color in Southern LA which is populated by ballroom drag and cisgender exotic dancers.

Weinraub documented 15 years of footage about the subculture. 

“This film is part of a larger general commitment Pornhub has to supporting the arts. We want to be seen as a platform that artists and creators can use,” said Pornhub’s brand director Alex Klein.  “We’ve seen artists in general upload content to the site, that might not have a home at places like YouTube or Vimeo, who don’t permit nudity. For us, premiering a feature-length film is a first. We’re very excited about it.”

The team of Pornhub has created a self-contained online home for the project, through which both the site as well as Weinraub hope to appeal to a greater women base. A chat window will be open for discourse in the performative space where Weinraub hopes users can be “alone, together”. The filmmaker said that she will be dropping in the space now and then to have meaningful conversations with women.

“There’s a cool opportunity right now to present films in the art space, there’s more openness to diversity and content, and a different sort of storytelling,” Weinraub said. “I feel like it complicates the history of subcultures, like Los Angeles. It reorients your placing of things in that history. I feel like that was my goal, not to put a finger on it, but complicate and add to that richness."