Backstage at the Year's Biggest Movie: "Marriage 2.0"

By: Gram Ponante


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Usually the type of movie sets we visit are set up and taken down the same day. It was a pleasure to spend a week on the San Francisco set of “Marriage 2.0,” both a new kind of movie and a throwback to a more ambitious time.

A joint production of Lionreach Entertainment and Adam & Eve, “Marriage 2.0″ (written by Magnus Sullivan and directed by Paul Deeb) sets the rocky open marriage of India Summer and Ryan Driller against Bay Area architecture and the California coastline. The scenery alone — the bridges of the Bay, Sausalito, Pt. Reyes, Inverness, the Pacific Coast Highway — is a welcome break from Porn Valley McMansions (and their couches), but that’s not the only area where “Marriage 2.0″ goes big.

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“Marriage is evolving,” says Sullivan, who also wrote Private’s “An Open Invitation” (which won India Summer the AVN Award for Best Actress in 2011). “We wanted to show how — even in super-tolerant San Francisco — the ideas of jealousy and possessiveness still need to be dealt with among the open relationships and sex parties.”

Marriage 2.0 To that end, Sullivan cast some Porn Valley ringers (Summer and Driller) and threw them into a cast of household names from the San Francisco art/kink scene, including Mickey Mod, Sadie Lune, Andre Shakti, Beretta James, Wolf Hollander, Christian Wilde, and Daisy Ducati.

In addition he cast Nina Hartley as Summer’s mother and Dylan Ryan as Driller’s secondary partner, along with Jack Hammer. If Porn Valley and San Francisco are like two different countries (and they often are), these four hold dual citizenship.

Marriage 2.0 “India’s character considers me the ‘other woman,'” Dylan Ryan, also one of San Francisco’s more well-known sex therapists, says. “I cool off the relationship until Ryan and India work that out.”

Over the course of two weeks in May and June the production covered a lot of ground, filming guerilla-style outside San Francisco’s Ferry Terminal and on the Golden Gate Bridge as well as beaches north of the city. A surreal tryst at a century-old theatre in the Mission was followed by an opulent 4-course-meal-cum-sex party in SoMa. San Francisco is clearly a character in “Marriage 2.0,” which makes the movie as much of a snapshot of what makes the Bay Area so intriguing as it is the most ambitious porn movie you’ll see this year.

Marriage 2.0 “Marriage 2.0″ is in post-production now and will be released this fall. Watch this space for more info and exclusive footage.


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The editor of Naked Truth, Gram Ponante has been writing about pornography since 2002, though he never expected to get more than three months of material out of it. Since then, he has edited and/or contributed to adult industry trade magazines AVN and XBiz, Hustler, Fleshbot.com, and dozens more classy publications. He has written for the great Gamelink since 2006. Gram regularly speaks about issues facing the adult industry — both entertaining and grim — at colleges and conferences, and has published several popular eBooks about his time as America's Beloved Porn Journalist.