BLUE ARTICHOKE FILMS
EMOTIONAL AND REALISTIC EROTIC FILMS BY JENNIFER LYON BELL
Cinema. Realism. Emotion. Experimentation. Feminist. These are the keywords for the award-winning films by the american director Jennifer Lyon Bell. Blue Artichoke Films, her independent film and documentary production studio located in Amsterdam, only offers a handful of movies, but every single one of them is worthy of your attention. They don’t actually make you want to drop down your pants for a lustful solo session. They do something different to you, make you desire intimacy in stead of a self-serving, quick fix. A Blue Artichoke Film is for sure a different erotic experience all together and in our opinion a perfect pick for couples who desire to see a truthful, sexual human connection.
THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON WE MAKE EROTIC FILM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMERCE, BUT BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE FILMS THAT WE OURSELVES WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE. WE WANT TO FEEL CHARACTERS FROM THE INSIDE, GET LOST, AND COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE BREATHLESS AND AROUSED.
How often have you experienced disappointment because of watching a great movie with a lot of sexual tension, in which the inevitable sex scene didn’t last much longer than a few seconds? How often have you wished for these sex scenes be more explicit? We for sure have and so has Harvard graduate and film producer Jennifer Lyon Bell. Her wish to see more hot sex in ‘normal’ films motivated her to start mixing arthouse cinema with hot explicit sex scenes, resulting in one short documentary and three movies.
HEADSHOT, the short documentary, is the first production we’ve watched. It is inspired by Andy Warhol’s film “Blowjob” (1963) and shows actor Chris Brinkhof receiving oral sex by actress Katinka de Vries. The fascinating thing about HEADSHOT is that you don’t see her, his body or the act itself. Just his face and how he enjoys what he is getting. The question Lyon Bell asks here is: can a sex scene can be hot even if you can’t see the sex? The answer in our opinion is OMG yes, but not in a usual pornographic sense. What is so amazing about this video, is the awkwardness – the two of them have never met before – his facial expression as he receives the blowjob and especially afterward. The stars in his eyes after he has climaxed… Let’s just say it made one of us want to give a blowjob straight away 😉
The other three award-winning films, MATINEE, SILVER SHOES and SKIN.LIKE.SUN have more storyline to help increase the sexual tension and show real, intimate sex scenes, that at the same time are very hot to watch. It is the reality of the sex that make these films so wonderful, because as an observer you can relate to what you see. It’s like what we wrote above: after having watched a Blue Artichoke Film you will feel the strong desire to get very, very intimate with your partner. Therefore these three films are ideal for couples who enjoy seeing a more emotional but still explicit kind of erotica, with an authentic human connection that simply goes under your skin.
Another reason we love Lyon Bell’s work so much, is that she makes it a priority to work with male performers women find both visually and psychologically attractive. This is certainly one aspect where mainstream pornography is slacking. Additionally, her movies are modern and feminist, showing that women do not need to be in a monogamous relationship to have great, meaningful sex. Even though Lyon Bell started out making better porn with cute, engaging men for women who identify as straight, she doesn’t want to use that label anymore. As she says on the website, she’s not even sure anymore what “straight” or “gay” nowadays means. It is the experience of the film that turns you on and for that it doesn’t matter what your sexual identity is. So go ahead and let yourself be positively amazed by Blue Artichoke Films!