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Friday, April 24, 2015

Ethical Non-Monogamy Gets Its Due at the Premiere of Marriage 2.0

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Monoga-maybe? Hetero-flexible? Poly-Glamorous? If any of these categories describes your romantic life, you’re not alone. San Francisco has had a reputation as the world’s epicenter of the sexual revolution for over half a century. And while the landscape of the city is changing, the ethos of thinking outside the box when it comes to sex and relationships is still going strong.

On Saturday, May 2, porn stars, sex educators, and fans will strut the red carpet of the Victoria Theatre for the public premiere of Marriage 2.0, an independent film that merges porn with the mainstream to explore the ins and outs of ethical non-monogamy. Called a “game changer” for poly awareness, Marriage 2.0 garnered this year’s Feminist Porn Award for Movie of the Year.

Screenwriter and producer Magnus Sullivan’s interest in the dynamics of open marriages within the context of Bay Area culture is a constant theme in his body of work. An Open Invitation, a lust-filled romp into the world of kinky swingers, was Sullivan’s first foray into adult cinema, achieving great success and earning its star, India Summer, the 2012 AVN Award for Best Actress.

Summer stars in Marriage 2.0 as well, this time with paired up with Ryan Driller in a committed couple on a journey of exploration into non-monogamy, kink, and the Bay Area's thriving sexual subculture as they attempt to re-define, and perhaps hack, the modern marriage.

A question-and-answer session, featuring actors Nina Hartley, India Summer, Ryan Driller, Mickey Mod, Dylan Ryan, and Andre Shakti, and moderated by the inimitable Carol Queen, follows the film. A portion of the premiere’s proceeds will go to benefit local sexuality non-profits, St. James Infirmary, which has provided health care and advocacy for the adult industry for 15 years, and The Center for Sex and Culture, a community center for education, advocacy, research, and support to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum.

“San Francisco is at the center of a relationship revolution,” Sullivan said, “and we aim to capture that in our movies.”

Marriage 2.0, Saturday, May 2, red carpet arrivals and VIP party at 7 p.m, screening at 8:30 p.m., at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16 St, $15-$40.

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