"Hot Girls Wanted" directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus stumbled upon the subject of their Sundance-lauded documentary completely by accident. The duo were looking to follow-up 2012's "Sexy Baby," which explored how pop culture, pornography and social media affect young women, by exploring the male version of that experience. But in their research, a much more interesting story dropped in their laps.
"We ended up getting access to a porn recruiter's house in Miami," Gradus explains. "There's this recruiter, he posts ads on Craigslist and then small-town girls who want to get out of their towns click on these ads and get a free plane ticket to Miami and then a week later they're on a porn set. We just thought, 'Whoa, this is the story.' The boy version of 'Sexy Baby' is on the back burner, and we just ran with this one."
Given that two feature documentaries in a row for Gradus and Bauer have brought them into contact with the adult film world, they've become something of unexpected experts in the field, even being able to chart the changes to the industry. "The way that porn is being consumed online is the death of the porn studios," Bauer says. "A full-length feature porn film barely exists anymore. So much porn is free, so it doesn't pay for these companies to put a lot of money into production. This generation that's grown up with watching porn clips, would they even have the patience to watch a narrative story unfold? Maybe not, I don't know."