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Sasha Gray Will Make you ‘Melt’

I’m not sure if there have been cross overs from porn to mainstream cinema, but it appears that for one actress in particular, working in both worlds might be a valid option. Catherine Breillat had Rocco, and now, both Steven Soderbergh and Mark Pellington will have employed the services of Sasha Gray, the adult film star with some gnarly film titles in her filmography. So the The Girlfriend Experience will not have been a “token” experience after all.

I’m not sure if there have been cross overs from porn to mainstream cinema, but it appears that for one actress in particular, working in both worlds might be a valid option. Catherine Breillat had Rocco, and now, both Steven Soderbergh and Mark Pellington will have employed the services of Sasha Gray, the adult film star with some gnarly film titles in her filmography. So the The Girlfriend Experience will not have been a “token” experience after all.

THR reports that Gray, along with Zander Eckhouse, Abhi Sinha and Arielle Kebbel (The Uninvited), will act alongside Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven (and Christian McKay according to The Playlist) in a pic I liken to Mike Figgis’ experimental work. Last week, The Playlist gave a fairly hands on explanation of what the director of Arlington Road and Henry Poole Is Here will attempt to do with the project.

I Melt With You is a character drama follows a group of college buddies (Jane, Lowe and Piven) who, now as adults, look within themselves and find emptiness when they have their annual summer reunion. They resurrect a pact they vowed to live, die and kill by. Grey will play a character named Raven, described as a free spirit who helps one of the men realize that nirvana can only be achieved by death. Eckhouse plays Grey’s idealistic writer boyfriend. Sinha is a medical student, and Kebbel is a young hostess.

Filming begins in Northern California next month. Neil LaBute, Aaron Gilbert, Heidi Levitt and Jane are exec producing. Lowe, Rob Cowan and Norman Reiss are producing.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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