Controversial porn festival returns to Albuquerque

Posted at: 11/01/2013 10:35 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

After a three year courtroom battle with the city of Albuquerque, Self Serve's Pornotopia returned to Nob Hill's Guild Cinema Friday night.

The city shut down the festival in 2010 citing zoning laws, and metropolitan and appeals courts upheld that move. But the state Supreme Court overturned that decision, making the event possible.

"We're really happy we're able to have the festival without fear of getting censored, without fear of getting in trouble," Pornotopia co-director Molly Adler said.

The co-owners of Self Serve, which puts on the festival, want people to know the event's not about porn that degrades or objectifies.

Instead they want to show porn that shows real people and real sex lives.

"Independent filmmakers, woman filmmakers, queer filmmakers, lesbian gay bisexual trans," Adler said.

They know some people may be apprehensive about watching porn with strangers.

"But I think it's humbling and humanizing for most people," Adler said.

But they hope if people are interested they'll give it a shot. You can rent the pornographic films they're showing- and others- at Self Serve near Central and Morningside.