BOSTON – From the moment its opening sequence begins, it’s immediately apparent that “Gone,” the latest adult film produced and directed by Sssh.com founder Angie Rowntree, is no ordinary porn movie.
Paraphrasing Alfred Lord Tennyson’s famous line about love and loss – “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” – Rebecca Adams, the central character of Gone, sets the tone for the highly unusual erotic journey.
As Rebecca muses and reminisces, we see flashes of private moments past she spent with her husband Todd, whose mysterious absence is the source of her angst and longing. The balance between Rebecca’s psychological decompensation and her vivid recollections of intimate moments with Todd propel the story forward, giving an unusual emotional context for a porn movie.
The plot is largely based on the true story of a Sssh.com member who shared her experiences and emotional life journey with Rowntree through a series of emails.
“At its core, Rebecca’s story is about coping with the absence of someone you love deeply, someone you’ve shared a great deal with and who is such a part of your life you almost can’t make sense of the world without them by your side,” Rowntree says. “It’s a tough thing to depict no matter how you approach it, but especially so in the context of porn.”
Gone stars newcomers Madeline Blue and Gee Richards, who are a soon to be married couple in real life, a fact which goes a long way in explaining their outstanding on-screen chemistry. What makes Gone work, both as porn and more fundamentally as a story, is Blue’s performance as Rebecca. For her part, Blue says she was touched by the script from her first reading, and immediately knew she’d found the right project for her very first performance in an adult film.
“I felt I could understand the emotional range of what Rebecca was going through,” Blue says. “This was porn that had authenticity, complete character and story development, and I felt this was the perfect fit for me.”
Of course, as an adult film, Gone couldn’t be a success if it weren’t also hot, sexually speaking. Here, too, the connection between Blue and Richards is palpable – and, like the movie’s emotional component, quite different from what you see in most porn. There’s an intimacy and familiarity which really can’t be faked.
Released on September 25th, 2015, Gone is currently available at Sssh.com and select VOD platforms worldwide. Released in three versions – Explicit, Erotic and Broadcast. Special Features include; full movie commentary, Secrets of the Reveal, and Quick Question with Madeline and Gee, hosted by Angie Rowntree.
For more information on Gone and to see the trailers, please visit http://sssh.com/gone/. To request a screener copy of Gone for review purposes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at twitter.com/@AngieRowntree.
For the last 16 years, Sssh.com has been the web’s premier destination for porn made from a woman’s perspective. Drawing on survey responses and other member feedback, Sssh creates erotic movies based on its members fantasies and desires. Their movies communicate true passion and mutual pleasure, always striving to be equal parts intelligent, sexy and entertaining. A feature rich site, Sssh.com also offers a large selection of erotic fiction, audio content, an extensive virtual world, educational articles and contributes to a variety of charitable causes which benefit communities all around the world.
In addition to its primary website, Sssh also produces Mindbrowse, an interactive online live show, and the Twitter-based chat program #SexTalkTuesday, which has had such guest moderators as Margaret Cho.
Adhering to the highest ethical standards, Sssh takes pride in treating all its employees, performers, customers and business associates with fairness, compassion and respect.
Angie Rowntree Bio (@AngieRowntree)
Angie Rowntree is the founder of Sssh.com, the web’s premier “porn for women” site and winner of the 2015 XBIZ Award for Best Alternative Website. An inductee to the AVN Hall of Fame Founders Division who also has been named as one of the industry’s top female power-players, Angie got her start in the adult industry’s online sector in the early 90s, making her one of the adult Internet’s true pioneers. In addition to directing Sssh.com’s original films, Angie is also the producer of the Mindbrowse.com online discussion series, which brings together directors, performers, academics and critics to tackle some of the most incendiary and controversial topics surrounding the Adult Industry.
Known for her lighthearted and straightforward approach, Angie is a frequent participant on panel discussions at adult industry trade shows, and has been profiled by a variety of major media outlets, including ABC’s Nightline, CNBC, Fox, Cosmopolitan, NPR, the BBC, and TIME magazine. Most recently, Angie became the first member of the adult industry to speak at a Sundance Institute event, appearing at the “Creative Tensions: Sex” experimental interactive discussion event in Brooklyn.