Public Sex, Private Lives is an intimate look at the professional and private lives of porn performers Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love. Capturing moments of joy and struggle, this film follows the characters as they navigate their lives as artists, daughters, mothers, writers, and women who have made careers in the adult industry. Asked to defend their choices to their families, communities, and even the United States Government, these women share their unique motivations and shifting visions for the future.
Most mainstream media depictions of porn stars tell tragic stories of addiction, ruined lives, exploitation and desperation. Public Sex, Private Lives goes deeper, revealing not only the stigma that comes with being a sexually open woman in American society today, but also the happiness, pleasure, and meaning these women get from their work in the adult industry. Though the backdrop for these women’s stories is the pornographic industry, this film is about much more. It’s about the choices people make to live the lives of their dreams, the way they stand up to a society that tells them they can’t have or shouldn’t want the things they do, and the balancing acts they must play as they navigate multiple identities that the world wants us to believe are at odds.