Pornhub to release first non-pornographic movie as it seeks to expand audience

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 4th, 2020 9:41 am

Last Updated Oct 18th, 2020 at 5:59 am

American pornography website Pornhub is releasing its first ever non-pornographic film on Wednesday in an attempt to expand its audience and diversify, the company announced to Variety.

The movie will be a documentary called "Shakedown," from filmmaker Leilah Weinraub. It is a stream-of-consciousness film about the queer women and men in the lesbian strip club scene in Los Angeles in the early 2000s. Weinraub created the film from 15 years of footage shot over her adult life.

Weinraub said she specifically hopes to engage Pornhub's female users.

"There's a cool opportunity right now to present films in the art space, there's more openness to diversity and content, and a different sort of storytelling," Weinraub said.

"Shakedown" will stream on Pornhub for free during the entire month of March. It will then be broadcast on Criterion Channel before hitting the iTunes store by summer.

? The film comes just weeks after activists called for shutting down the pornography website after it was discovered that videos of underage and trafficked children were on the site.


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