Released: Aug 01st, 1999
Running Time: 26
Cast: Solveig, Darby, Petra (I), Liza Harper, Missy (I), Alexandra Silk, Jacklyn Lick, Kelsey Heart
Critical Rating: Not Yet Rated
In most cases, a documentary differs from porn in that its content can be informative, useful, visually and intellectually challenging, and perhaps enlightening. Similarly, they have the potential to stimulate. If Heilman-C's intentions were to stimulate an audience through videotaping her display of naked women "loving" other naked women, then she may indeed have a documentary on her hands. Informative, enlightening, challenging... this video is not.
Heilman-C, a Los Angeles performance artist, makes no statement about her art but rather sets up the audience as part of her exhibition, which invariably forces them to define the display through their participation. "I like strong reactions," Heilman-C says, "whether they be verbal, physical (in other words body language, facial expressions) or actual participation."
In this particular performance, Heilman-C exhibits some of the adult industry's most beautiful women. Encircled by white track lighting and the velvet rope of an art gallery, the girls intertwine like swans, kissing and touching, licking each other, and moving into the audience to ignite them as well. Interviewers bearing microphones get reactions from the audience, all of which are favorable, none of which even hint at the obvious pretension. But somewhere in the editing process, production laid the sound track incongruent with the speakers' lips, which move much faster than the words are heard. This is most distracting and sloppy.