Vice & Consent

“If you’re new to the scene or curious, you’ll find no better access to the years of experience of these real, hardy, veteran BDSM players.” – Lisa Chavez, Alt.com

Howard Scott Warshaw, 2006, USA, 56 minutes
Purchase on the Academy’s Secure Server

Portraits of the Cast of Howard Warshaw's Educational BDSM Documentary, "Vice and Consent"The candor, wit and wisdom of such prominent, long-standing members of the BDSM community as Jay Wiseman, Janet Hardy, Race Bannon, Cléo Dubois and Michael Blue, help shatter some popular myths about BDSM practice and its practitioners, looking instead at the gifts of intimacy that lie within.

Screenings and Awards

  • 2006 CineKink Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature
  • 2006 Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
  • 2006 Nominated Best Documentary Feature, San Fernando Valley International Film Festival
  • 2006 Featured Selection, queerDOC Film Festival, Sidney, Australia

Selected Reviews

Amazon.com Editorial Review
“This documentary is a must-see for the curious or inexperienced kinkster! The candor, wit and wisdom of such prominent, long-standing members of the BDSM community as Midori, Jay Wiseman, Janet Hardy, Race Bannon, Cleo Dubois and Michael Blue, help shatter some popular myths about BDSM practice and its practitioners, looking instead at the gifts of intimacy that lie within.”

Elsa Eder, Frameline Film Festival
Are there popular mythologies and stereotypes left to shatter in the queer community? You betcha! In Vice & Consent, prominent, long-standing members of San Francisco’s BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sado-Masochism) community tell the uncensored truth about a fascinating yet misunderstood lifestyle described by director Howard Scott Warshaw as “intimacy wrapped in very scary paper… Vice & Consent is sure to stimulate conversation about trust, sex, play and relationships. You’ll hear from… Jay Wiseman, author of the fundamental work SM 101; Cleo Dubois, founder of the Academy of SM Arts; Sybil Holiday, noted psychotherapist and co-author of Consensual Sadomasochism; and Janet Hardy, author of Radical Ecstasy and The New Topping Book.

Lisa Chavez, Alt.com Magazine
“BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sado-Masochism) wraps the gift of intimacy in very scary paper. Filmmaker Howard Scott Warshaw immersed himself in San Francisco’s BDSM ‘Scene’ and discovered the humanity that defines this rich subculture… This film’s perspective is unique in that it shows the intimate side of BDSM play. If you’re new to the scene or curious, you’ll find no better access to the years of experience of these real, hardy, veteran BDSM players. And even experienced players will enjoy the wealth of personal stories from fellow players in Vice and Consent, not to mention the relationship experience of couples who’ve remained together successfully, long-term and kinky.