Softcore Porn Proves A Hit At The Standard NYC
It was quite a lively scene on Wednesday night when we visited the Standard New York to check out graffiti artist André Saravia's short film, The Shoe. A little perspective for you: Saraiva wrote the script on a whim after sharing a productive plane ride with Purple Magazine editor Oliver Zahm, who already had roots at the Standard via last September's well-attended Purple Magazine fashion week party. Sure enough, the word for Wednesday evening's event was spread. And the ensuing twenty-minute film proved, once again, the hotel's insatiable appetite for all things sexy.
The third-floor, 1440 square foot, wood-paneled Highline Room was so packed that surplus audience members had to plop down on the floor in between the already-filled chairs. Posters (see above) were on display by the elevators, but didn't explain much. To say the least, we were curious what all the fuss was about. A quick sum up: a leather-jacketed, slick-haired, cigarette-smoking male goes through the course of his day in Paris—wake up, pick up girls, have sex in their apartments, steal their boyfriend's shoes, get beaten up, take his revenge, go back to sleep. You know, the usual.
The sex scene, clocking in at around 4-5 minutes, proved a quarter of the film, and was like pretty much everything we've come to expect from the Standard: candid, explicit, and just a little extravagant.
Sex is always a good sell for a glass hotel. And the Standard knows all about that. Perhaps this could be a new direction for them? Softcore porn cinema? We could even see the concept go beyond just the screening room. Those elevator video installations are getting a little old...