Sunday, October 24, 2010

I'm a feminist and I relate to Larry Flynt

Today the Pornotopia Film Festival volunteers and community friends had a great time celebrating free speech with The People vs. Larry Flynt at our local indie movie theater, the Guild.

It's hard to align oneself with Larry Flynt, sometimes. It's odd to think I relate to his struggle at all. I don't know much about him, and I have a feeling we wouldn't see eye to eye on most things. But the portrayal of his legal struggles defending the 1st amendment count for something. At some point in the film his character says, "Why do I have to go to jail for your rights?"

It was timely to see this feel-good, justice-loving film about free speech while silly bureaucracy in Albuquerque is getting in the way of a good porn festival. All the media attention may help Pornotopia find a home. Hopefully someone out there will see the news and call with that new lead for a random hotel or venue somewhere nearby. We'd be thrilled if someone could prove us wrong and show us where to host Pornotopia 2010 in Albuquerque. As Matie said today at our press conference, Pornotopia 2010 shall rise again!

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