Femme Productions has launched a new line of erotic films for couples featuring a more ethnically diverse cast of actors and actresses, directed by women of color.
According to a study on African American women commissioned by Essence Communications Partners (ECP), publishers of Essence Magazine, ethnic women remain a largely untapped market.
A quick survey of available movies that feature people of color will also reveal that ethnic women and couples are seriously underserved in terms of providing high quality erotic films that are intelligent and reflective of their lifestyles and needs. Most of what is out there is often a caricature of Black and Latino sexuality bordering on insulting and racist depictions.
Femme Chocolat aims to change that. By placing the reins of production directly in their hands, we seek to empower women of color by giving them a place to share their unique vision of their own sexuality with all who seek to observe, learn and enjoy.
Femme Chocolat is proud to introduce our first erotic feature, AfroDite Superstar, directed by Venus Hottentot, and released by Adam and Eve Pictures.
Afrodite Superstar was nominated for 7 AVN Awards
Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actors and Best Music
Have you ever dreamed of being a superstar? AfroDite hasn’t—not until she runs into CEO, the mogul’s mogul of hip hop. Catapulted in to the world of made mega-stars with her best friend Isis in tow, AfroDite quickly becomes a top selling rapper and nothing can keep her down – not wardrobe malfunctions, not lip synching fiascos, nothing! Well, almost nothing. Finding herself a little socially challenged in the love department, her secret crush CEO only seems to see dollar signs on her forehead. Will AfroDite get her man? And will superstardom turn out to be everything she never wished for
Starring Simone Valentino, India, Mr. Marcus, Sativa Verte, Revay and Jay Junker. Directed by Venus Hottentot and produced by Natasha Cortes. Released by Adam and Eve Pictures.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Simone Valentino received “Best New Star” award for her leading role in AfroDite Superstar, presented by Feminist Porn Awards, Toronto, June 2007.
Afrodite Superstar, nominated for seven AVN Awards including Best Video Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress (Simone Valentino), Best Supporting Actress (Inda), and Best Supporting Actor (Mr. Marcus) walked away with the award for Best Music.
Singled out by Essence Magazine (August ’07) in its list of “sexy things to try out at home” (“Try Something New Tonight”, Jeannine Amber).
After combing catalogs and the web, and testing dozens of products, Afrodite Superstar was recommended by Tristan Taormino as one of this holiday season’s top picks in her Village Voice Annual Sexy Gift Guide.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID
With her line of Femme productions, Candida Royalle virtually changed the genre. Femme Chocolat could very well do it again….Erotica’s new hue is Femme Chocolat.”
“She has a sixth sense for bringing out performers, so that each encounter feels real and dramatic and individualized.”
— Owen Gleiberman
“The erotic sensibility makes most of the current competition look like greasy kid stuff.”
“Full of profound insights, fantastic original hip-hop songs and hilarious video vixen spoofs this film puts the typical lily-white offerings of the mainstream porn industry to shame. Beautifully shot with all of the high production values, focus on fabulous female pleasure and general hotness that Candida fans have come to expect. Stunning newcomer Simone Valentino sizzles in every scene and her final showdown with Mr, Marcus will definitely wear your rewind button out! You’ll want to watch the whole thing, guaranteed.”
“Besides all the hotness and chemistry between performers, the plot is really engaging…and the sizzling coupling between Simone Valentino and Mr. Marcus actually made us utter the word “Sweet!” out loud in a quiet movie theater… It’s not often you see two performers laughing and enjoying themselves during a sex scene instead of making faces like they’re slaughtering a suckling pig.”
-Audacia Ray, Fleshbot.com
“I never got a chance to say how much I enjoyed Afrodite Superstar. It was quite unique in the genre …The humor and splendid writing was a breath of fresh air … Simone was marvelous and played her role flawlessly.”
-Terry Williams, Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research
“Great Job! There is a lot of sensuality with foreplay, touching and romance that women look for…. Simone Valentino (AfroDite) is a breathe of fresh air… Mr. Marcus’s style of making love to Simone is how all women would love to be treated…. this is one title that stands alone. I highly recommend Afrodite Superstar.”
“As a young man of color, I was impressed. The film portrayed our women in such a beautiful, classy yet stimulating light that I never thought was possible. I can’t describe it any other way but as a work of art…This was very inspiring and uplifting, and I look forward to seeing more films from your Femme Chocolat line. Finally, I own an adult film that I can actually display with my other movies rather than tuck away underneath my bed, and can actually enjoy with my partner.” Thanks!
“Thank you for creating this film. It is a wonderful step in the direction I’d always hoped to witness. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. I am eagerly awaiting the next one!”
-H. A., New Jersey
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