Almost everyone fails to control his or her sex life. As compensation, almost everyone sooner or later also succumbs to the temptation to control someone else’s.
SYNOPSIS: A film about the confrontation between making love and making law, SEX ACTS offers a bold cinematic essay on the heated politics of public sex, public space, and spectatorship. Using archival material, excerpts from popular television and film, and original photography, SEX ACTS highlights the ways that public space, from the street corner to the movie theater, the bathroom stall to the tv set, alternately expresses and constrains the fantasies and fears of the nation. The film unfolds over three acts, weaving together multiple stories to explore the ways in which indecency debates, policing of public space, and the law’s disdain for transgressive pleasures imprint upon the social landscape of America and its consciousness.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: Jason Fox is a filmmaker and Lecturer in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. He has taught in the Graduate School of Cinema Studies at New York University, Vassar College, and the Cooper Union. His award-winning work as a director, cinematographer, and editor has screened internationally in film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and Venice, on broadcast television, and in gallery installation settings. He has worked as a film programmer in conjunction with The American Museum of Natural History, The Flaherty Seminar, and the Museum of Modern Art, among other venues. He is a recipient of a Union Square Award for social justice, and he is also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal of documentary studies, World Records, published by UnionDocs in Brooklyn, NY.