Paul Morris (producer)

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Paul Morris is the owner of Treasure Island Media, a San Francisco, California-based gay pornography studio that specializes in bareback pornography.

Known to be reclusive, Morris has never attended an event sponsored by his studio and in fact, when invited to speak at the 1998 World Pornography Conference in Los Angeles,[1] he asked a thirty-year-old part-time administrative assistant to deliver his essay.[2]

He is openly gay.[3]


Morris started Treasure Island Media, naming the business after his favorite childhood book (Treasure Island). In 1998, he filmed Raunch Lunch.[4] Alongside his own videos, Morris has expanded the studio to release videos directed by Damon Dogg [1], Max Sohl [2] and Liam Cole [3], and independently produced videos by Swiss members of the Dark Sun Collective.

He is known to be a patron of independent filmmakers and has supported work by Vanessa Renwick, Bill Daniel, Todd Verow, Daniel Rabinowitz, Lee Krist, Ryan Sullivan and others. He has also funded projects by San Francisco's Artists' Television Access.[5] He was a primary producer of Todd Ahlberg's film, "Meth", a feature-length documentary on drug abuse among gay men.[6] [4]

In October 2007, Morris’s Treasure Island Media (TIM) won the prize for Best US Studio at the DAVID Awards [5] in Berlin. This caused controversy as TIM produces bareback films, filmed without a condom, causing Titan Media founder Bruce Cam [6] to decline his award.[7] In 2008, Morris received a Best Director Golden Dickie Award for "What I Can't See 2" (which also won Best Video) from Rad Video and Treasure Island Media received the most awards of any adult company including Best Studio.[8]

Morris and his company have been repeatedly banned from consideration for most adult industry awards and events. In July 2009, it was announced that Treasure Island Media had been banned from participating in both The Folsom Street Fair and Dore Alley in San Francisco, CA, and also International Mr. Leather in Chicago, IL.[9]

In his article "Unbecoming: Pornography and the Queer Event", Tufts University professor Lee Edelman discussed the role of Morris's pornography as work that "hopelessly heralds the future" of what Edelman calls the "posthumanous". In this function, Edelman wrote, Morris' pornography is similar to the film works of both Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michael Haneke.[10]


  1. ^ No Limits
  2. ^ Skateboarding and Porn
  3. ^ Reed, Rick (2003-10-15). "Tales from the Sexual Underground Gang Banged at IML: Part Two". Windy City Times. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  4. ^ /TreasureIslandMedia_2007/paulsPapers.php
  5. ^ Free Speech Coalitions
  6. ^ meth/pages/press/METH%20CREDITS.doc
  7. ^ "Titan’s Bruce Cam Declines DAVID Award", By Joanne Cachapero, October 23, 2007, Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  8. ^ "RAD Videos Golden Dickies", By JC Adams
  9. ^ "Treasure Island Media Banned from IML"
  10. ^ in Texte Zur Kunst Nr. 64/ December 2006; also delivered by Edelman in a symposium on Queer Theory, King's College, London, 2 June 07.

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