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Sasha Grey gazes out at the San Fernando Valley from John Lautner's Chemosphere house First it was Lindsay and now Sasha. As part of his "Commercial Break" presentation for the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Richard Phillips has created short films using Lindsay Lohan and Sasha Grey as the focus. “For my film portrait of Sasha Grey, I wanted to focus on her expressive and psychological transformation into a cinematic actor," Richard Phillips says. "Separate from the cues that have associated Sasha with her previous career as a performance artist working within the adult film world.” Shot at John Lautner's Chemosphere house off Mullholland drive, one the most legendary residences in modern and cinematic history, Sasha peers out at the San Fernando Valley reflecting on her relationship with the location of some of her most noted adult performances. Costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick, whose work includes Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction and Wall Street, dressesd Sasha in lingerie and millitary inspired garments to highlight her masculine/feminie persona. See more screen shots and watch "Sasha Grey" by Richard Phillips below. “Sasha Grey,” along with Phillip’s first short film, “Lindsay Lohan,” will be included in "Commercial Break," presented by the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Venice, Italy, June 1 - 5, 2011, concurrent with the 54th international exhibition of the Venice Biennale. SASHA GREY from V Magazine on Vimeo.
Sasha Grey's first words to the audience were, Thanks for coming. Wonder how many times she's said that in her career. Last night we had the pleasure of hearing Sasha Grey be interviewed about Neü Sex, her monograph that hits shelves today. Well, it was mostly pleasurable, other than the fact that the dimly lit bookstore was a million degrees and packed with sweaty, horny dudes. Sasha was 45 minutes late, an offense most of the crowd forgot when she climbed up on stage in nude heels and a sheer, black, long sleeved dress. She talked about embracing female sexuality, working with Steven Soderburgh, and her real-life girlfriend experience with Fiancee, Ian. Although Sasha did her best to steer the conversation towards her transition out of adult film and into mainstream acting, let's be real, everyone just wanted to hear about her bent-over life in front of the camera. When asked about her decision to start doing porn, she talked about growing up in an environment that made her uncomfortable with her sexuality. "Women are constantly told to be sexy, but never sexual." Sasha believes that men and women are both bisexual, a statement that she said men get offended by easily when she makes it up front. But behind the scenes she heard confessions and stories from the people she worked with in the industry all the time. "It's so much easier to be open and honest with a stranger." There were parts of her speech that seemed transparent. "Using my body as a canvas, as the tool is the most important thing." Not so sure about that one, Sasha. But for the most part, she was well-spoken and confident. During audience questions she graciously accepted a barrage of creepy and pathetic praises one overweight bald man slung at her, "You're so courageous. Look at all the brunettes in here. Look at all the black, I'll wear black until they find something darker." She laughed at him. But then, "How do I tell my 39-year old son I'm a Sasha junkie?" We cringed. She also encouraged a porn photographer in the audience who was expecting his first child to be open and honest about his work with his family. "I know it's totally different with a child. I'm not sure I want to have kids." The signing was held at Housing Works in NYC, a community healing project that battles AIDS/HIV and homelessness. Sasha donated all the books they sold to help support the amazing work they do.
How would you describe Sasha Grey? Amateur porn dandy turned underground actress? Indie porn princess? Aspiring pop singer? A threat to Megan Fox? Super model? Model/actress? Hooker/waitress? (Oh, just go nameless [sic].) She may be a little bit of all these titles and now she's adding one more to the list: published author. Grey recently released a book of her photography titled Neu Sex, a collection of her personal photographs. The book is said to be an extension of Grey's creative side, which she is using tastefully to control her image. Grey entered the porn circuit at the ripe old legal age of 18 and since then has been subject to media scrutiny. How could anyone forget when she appeared on the Tyra Banks Show for an interview and was dressed up by the crew like a 14-year-old playground prostitute. Grey noted that when watching the footage she felt manipulated by Banks' staff and the entire interview and editing process. She wrote about it on her personal blog and then made a video responding to the fact that the Tyra episode has been put on YouTube by an anti-porn campaign. Watch her video response here.