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For $80, this artist will turn your sexts into a NSFW short film!

In ‘Send Me Your Sexts’, artist Eileen Yaghoobian turns steamy text messages into NSFW short films.

For only $80, readers could send Taghoobian their hottest, horniest sexts and have the conversation made into a real script. The filmmaker would even hire actors and come up with amusing settings to tell the story.

The resulting content is a mixture of kinky and funny, complete with ‘80s B-movie aesthetics.

We recently talked to the lady behind the pay-for-film service to learn more about how sexting and art intersect.

Where did you get the idea for ‘Send Me Your Sexts’?

“The idea came to me in a public space on a crowded street sharing my sexts with my friend and then the conversation led to ‘It would be funny to see this come to life!’ And the inspiration is a mix of my documentary filmmaking and theatre background and the concept of re-enactments in documentary and I had just watched the film The Act of Killing.

“The combo of it all made me want to go for it and do it! It’s unexplored territory. It’s endless fun to have the actors read the texts and to actually act them out and reenact them. The material is hilarious… you can’t make this stuff up and it’s infinite what you can do with it!

“I like the idea of combining the world of sex with the world if indie. I want to go right to the audience and I want to offer them a service. It really is amazing to see your sexts come to life. I don’t know how to describe it but it’s a wonderful experience. And I want other people to experience it. And have the opportunity to because it’s affordable.”

Sexts aren’t exactly movie scripts. It must be difficult to tell a story through sexy phrases and typographical moans. How do you work with that? How do you turn a bunch of naughty text messages into a real plot?

“Sure they are! What’s amazing about sexting is that once you hit send… it’s not made up anymore it’s real now that’s where there is a story. It’s the narrative aspect that interests me most.

“’Send Me Your Sexts’ is a new means of conveying the story between human experiences and digital spaces, the interplay between analog and digital intimacy inspired by the communication practices of the digital era. And so much of that interplay is done in public spaces because of technology we can have a sexual exchange anywhere at any time with anyone and everyone at the same time and what happens in those spaces makes the plot. Intent is a huge part of sexting and the intent of the sexters is the story.

“Based on our real life, sexty secrets the reenactments are shot on location in public spaces. I cast based on the text. I think about the actors who would be good for the characters and ask them to read for me. We discover the scene in rehearsal and the actors are very much part of bringing the scene to life. We get all our information about character and location from the text and create the scene purely based on the text. It gives us the freedom to create a world around the sexter’s fantasy that is based on our interpretation of the sexy text exchange and in that way I hope I’m serving the fantasy. That’s my goal: to do the best with the fantasy.

“The retro look and feel of the videos makes it look campy and something that doesn’t take itself seriously, which parallels the sexting experience. The combo of all the elements in a sexts scene great acting, dialogue, camera, location, costumes, lighting, editing, sound design and music is the best way for me to serve the sexters’ fantasy and bring their real life digital romance to life.

“For example, Bruce and Jane’s sexting exchange is the most unsexiest exchange in text but also the most visceral and sexy made into a video, because of the filmmaking it’s easy to get caught up in the images and what’s happening on screen. Bruce and Jane exchange 21 pics of dicks, tits, pussy and ass like baseball cards… but there is no connection between the sexters, they don’t really have much of a story other than a one-night stand.

“The actors did a fantastic job playing both the characters’ reality and fantasy, Jane says ‘I think this is the hot ass competition… And you’re winning! Sooo sexy.’ And WE can see that Jane is clearly winning this competition! But she feeds his fantasy and Bruce is not sure if she’s for real he says, ‘I’m having a good day maybe Or the pic is good?’ 

“We did cool Crumb graphics for the pics that lift the episode to a new absurd level and there are lots of dicks and all different colors! It has all the elements in the series: humour, absurdity, sassy dialogue, and great acting!”

The short films also have a comedic side to them. Is this intentional?

“I want them to laugh so loud and get turned on all at the same time. I don’t think there are enough websites out there that are sexy but not necessarily porn. And it’s even better if someone gets turned on watching these funny videos because we’re sexy but not naked and not porn! There isn’t a close-up macro-dick, pussy or balls or ass or whatever.

“The act of sex is funny and funny is sexy to me and sexting to get to the act of sex is funnier. All the things that are in sexting are kind of default funny. But I also want to be sexy. I don’t think that something funny is unsexy and I don’t think sexy is unfunny. I think you can be funny and sexy and running on both those lines at the same time.

“You can talk sexy when you’re having sex and you can be funny when you’re having sex, but to talk sexy in a text to get to the act of sex is funny and sexy.

“Unforgettable funny and wild characters originate from the performances of the repetitive graphic sexual language. The sexy words people choose in verbalising their sexual fantasies are fascinating and say a lot about their character. You can tell a lot about their intent in the text choices people make. A sort of dark, awkward humor is inevitable as we take something that people do not dare to express directly, and make them express it directly. It’s like we’re removing the distance created by the technology, showing how far human desire goes if it’s not restrained by a certain embarrassment or self-censorship.”

Your films also don’t contain nudity. How do you turn audiences on without this crucial element?

“When you’re sexting, you’re not actually having sex but you want to or you could be buying milk… the crucial element of sexting for me isn’t the nudity. Some people love dirty talk and are good at it, and some love to be a tease and suck at talk. But the tech part of sexting gives people the freedom to be the dirty talking self they never thought they could be in real life – and that’s the part that interests me.

“You are free to confess your desires all the time when you’re sexting because you’re not in the same physical space. Some people get off at the sext stage and not even get to sex. Sexting is the ultimate confessional, because sexual fantasies are pleasurable, visceral, dangerous, fun, raw, and authentic and represent risqué thoughts you don’t dare to say aloud but can in public sexting. Or only when you’re drunk.

“Whatever turns me kinda on and off becomes part of the story. I think a lot of things are hot. Water fountains are very hot! Having sex on a hood of a car is hot to me. Pepperoni pizza pussy and pinballs is hot. Hooking up in a sports park HOT! Grunting and playing tennis is hot. Gogo girls and fire are super hot!  Xmas and Pac-Man is definitely hot!

“So those are the choices I make when I make these videos. But it’s important that the fantasy fits the text it’s important that we stay true to the sexter’s intent in the text.”

Lastly, how has sexting affected the way we approach sexuality? And how will your films change the way people see sexting?

“Sexting both helps communication and it doesn’t. Just as technology has made it easier to break up by ghosting (ignoring all communications), it’s also easy to have a sexting life that really doesn’t exist. Technology is both hyper-visible and invisible. Our engagement with sexual messages and images lives within the ambiguity between fantasy and reality.

“Sexts don’t create sexual dynamics they reveal them. Everyone sexts and wants privacy, but at the same time, they want to share their secret. We are both cocky and private in public. I think we get off on being private in public and we get off on sharing our sexual experiences at the same time.

“Most people use sexting as social currency… like your collecting people’s sexual interest in you and you want to brag to your friends. I think we are more open because we want to brag about our sexual interest and experience but at the same time we want to keep it a secret and we run on both those lines. We use technology to exchange our collection of digital intimacy with friends and strangers like we’re trading baseball cards.

“Sexts are the best sex of your mind and you can gain a lot of confidence using the communication practices of the digital era to express your sexuality and move past your inhibitions. I feel like that’s what I’m doing here – I’ve made a service to bring people’s alter egos to life by reenacting their sexts. I guess I’m serving the ultra egos of sexters!

“Sexting is fun, funny and fun to watch and everyone is doing it and I hope people laugh a lot and get off at the same time when they’re sexting and/or watching ‘Send Me Your Sexts’ videos!”

You can find out more about ‘Send Me Your Sexts’ here.