Program 32: Leave It to LeviDirected by Jake Jaxson
WARNING: Contains graphic sex and nudity.
Who’s ready for an up-close and very personal look at porn star Levi Karter? Using a mix of home videos, studio outtakes and new footage, this inventive documentary gives us a front-row seat to seven years of his life, from fresh-faced teenager to 25-year-old industry veteran.
As an 18-year-old in Athens, Ohio, Luke began filming himself for an unpublished vlog (video blog). In some of the videos he’s speaking to the camera discussing his hopes, dreams, fears, and emotions. Other videos are considerably more explicit. Soon he would sign a contract with prolific porn studio, Cocky Boys, and Luke became Levi.
As the film moves into its second act, studio footage replaces Levi’s home videos and we head inside “Camp Cocky Boys,” the country estate where Cocky Boys shoots its movies. There we see porn stars at play – the wholesome off-camera kind of play – and see another side of the often vilified profession. We’ll hear from Cocky Boys CEO (and this film’s creator) Jake Jaxson and co-owner RJ Sebastian, and meet several of Levi’s famous co-stars including Liam Riley, Ricky Roman, and Jake Bass. Levi’s mom, Anne, and his drag alter ego, Sassy Frass, take center stage in the film’s final section and Leave it to Levi ascends to new heights.
Unlike other porn industry documentaries, Leave it to Levi avoids the cautionary-tale clichés. There are no drugs, no regrets, and no descents into despair. Instead we have a supremely likeable leading man who’s totally in control of his career and his sexuality. So stay up late and join us for a film that is heartwarming, fun and very sexy.
~ Steve Weisenreder
Awards & Accolades
- Official Selection – Guadalajara International Film Festival
- Official Selection – TLVfest Tel Aviv Int’l LGBT Film Festival
Directed by Dudley Beene, Heath Daniels
A raunchy and hilarious response to the titular question that also pays homage to 1990s music videos.