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Green Porno

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Have you ever sat in the grass and watched a spider crawl by, and wondered: where do THEY go for their honeymoon? Now, thanks to Sundance Channel and Isabella Rossellini's new series of short films, Green Porno, you can travel to the tiny world of bugs and insects, and see where they go to consummate their love.

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A series of short films conceived, written, directed by and featuring Isabella Rossellini, Green Porno is a charming little travelogue for all you amorous ants and love-lorn ladybugs. Or perhaps you were considering summering in a snail's shell? If so be warned: quarters can be awfully cramped, and you have to be okay with sitting on your own head.

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Each segment lasts about a minute long, and starts off with Isabella Rossellini addressing the camera directly: “If I were a … (firefly, spider, snail, etc.).” Isabella then transforms into whatever species of creature she is describing. Inspired by the short films of Georges Melies, because, says Isabella, “They were pure delight and they still thrill me. They are ingeniously made in the kitchen. I wanted mine to feel like that, so people could look at them and say, 'Oh I could make this film, too.'”

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It is this sense of childlike wonder, and the subject matter (bugs & insects), that allow the filmmakers to keep the sex scenes explicit, and the tone comical. Isabella always plays the male insect, and is often the only human actor on screen. When asked why the famous model and actress would choose to play the masculine role, Isabella responded, “I am a ham. It makes people laugh when I play the male. So I played the male, when I am not playing a hermaphrodite.”

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Although they were screened for festivals and will be available on television, Green Porno was designed specifically to take advantage of the new media formats: specifically, cell phones and the internet. By fitting the content to the format, Isabella Rossellini and Sundance have created an innovative, adorable series that might even teach us humans something. Next time a spider hits on me at a bar, I totally know what to do. MR

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