Sessions and Workshops

Workshops and Sessions with Kate Sinclaire

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Kate Sinclaire, centre, and the cast of Toronto International Porn Festival-nominated give/take

Kate Sinclaire is an award-winning Canadian pornographer, creating feminist and ethically-made pornography that tantilizes while ensuring that the human rights of performers and crew were completely respected on set.

Throughout over a decade of experience in porn both in front of and behind the camera, Kate has spoken publicly on topics of sex positivity, DIY porn, performer rights, feminist porn, ethical porn, and with a specicial focus on porn literacy as basic media literacy.

Kate graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy. Her aim is to spread her experiences far and wide, and to be a catalyst for research and policy change with regards to sex work as work, and porn as media.

If you are interested to have Kate run a session or workshop for your school, community group, LGBTTQI* centre, or other event, or to screen her work, please reach out to kate@cherrystems.com All sessions and workshops are offered on a sliding scale.

Offered sessions:

Porn Literacy as Media Literacy: creating media literate youth in a world of unlimited pornography

Porn is everywhere, but a general sexual taboo in North America means that we don’t talk about it the same way we do other forms of media. With an internet full of any act imaginable, how do we teach people to understand the differences in others’ healthy sexual desires, especially when our first exposure to those kinks might be via a random poorly worded google search? As much as mainstream culture is loath to admit it, porn is media that requires literacy, specifically, media that affects our perceptions of our own and others’ sexuality. In this session, Kate Sinclaire will address the impact that our cultural silence has on sexual exploration, consent, kink, sexuality, and gender, and how open communication can improve our sexual wellbeing. We’ll also cover the relation between sexual content, “risky behaviour”, ideological state apparatus (religion, the family, education systems, etc), the NC-17 rating in popular movies – relating sex as art vs sex as porn – and the parental roles involved in teaching these concepts in a world where youth have essentially unrestricted access to porn.

Approximately 45 minutes, with additional question period. (total 1hr)

How can porn be ethically made?

In this session, we will run through a quick history of pornography, and look at the forces that have created the types of porn that we see today. From early photographs, Super 8 cameras, and all the way up to webcams and iphones, we’ll talk about accessibility, queer narratives, patriarchal influence, the male gaze, and sex work myths. From there’s we’ll explore ways that feminist pornographers and performers today are turning the industry on its head.

Approximately 45 minutes, with additional question period. (total 1hr)

Workshops:

DIY porn!

Whether it’s for your own personal enjoyment, or if you’re looking at starting to create and market content, making your own porn can be a ton of fun! It can also be a nightmare if you’re not in the know about paperwork requirements, legalities, and if everyone in the situation isn’t on the same page about who gets to see the film. In this workshop, Kate Sinclaire wil give participants the basic tools and knowledge to make their very own porn. We will run through legal requirements, and writing of an agreement first. All participants will receive a template of a US2257 form – an identification verification form used throughout the industry. We will then run through health and safety on set, ethical considerations, direction methods, lighting and camera equipment options, and editing software – all with a budget-focused approach. We will not be creating porn today, but participants will be given the opportunity to follow up with Kate for further mentorship online.

Max participants: 20 Approximately 1-2hrs, depending on time available and group size.

Kate’s Bio:

Kate Sinclaire is a porno tour de force. Residing in the somewhat unlikely city of Winnipeg, Kate has been making porn, both soft and hard, for over a decade. She is the owner and founder of philanthropic softcore site cherrystems.com, and the ethically minded queer hardcore production company, Ciné Sinclaire. When not making porn, she’s in charge of sales for Fuze, a Canadian silicone toy company, and is a member of the Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition. She has spoken at many conferences and events, and has been featured in major Canadian publications on topics like performer safety, porn literacy, and the importance of DIY.

Kate obtained a B.Arts at the University of Manitoba, studying sociology and philosophy, and continues casual study outside of degree programs.

Otherwise, you can find her in her garden, on her bike, or hoisting a drink with friends.