Broken is the adult film written and directed by Dave Navarro. Released in 2007 by Vivid Video / Teravision, this film features adult film star Tera Patrick.
The following is an interview with Jesse Capps of Rock Confidential, from October 17, 2007 where Dave discusses this project:
Over the years the worlds of porn and mainstream have blended slowly together, creating a number of memorable celebrity-porn moments. It stands to reason that Teravision, a company run by a sexual icon (Tera Patrick) and a well known rocker (Evan Seinfeld), would take the celebrity porn movie to the next level.
Teravision kicked off their new “Celebrity Series” with Dave Navarro: Broken directed by world renowned guitarist Dave Navarro.
Tera Patrick was thrilled to have Navarro captain the initial “Celebrity Series” voyage. “Dave is an extremely talented artist with tremendous vision which he has always communicated through his music. I truly believe that￼with the Teravision team, Dave is breaking down barriers and exploring a new medium, erotic cinema. With our society so hung up about sex, yet so comfortable with violence, I think Dave’s involvement in this project is a breath of fresh air and a real stand for freedom of speech.
Dave Navarro sat down with us to discuss his involvement in the adult film industry, his popular internet talk show “Spread Entertainment”, and his lifelong passion: music.
Dave, thanks for taking time for this today. I wanna jump right in by mentioning your internet talk show, Spread Entertainment. You’re up for an award, right?
Yeah, we’re up for TV Guide’s Online Awards for ‘Best Web Talk Show’. That is very exciting for us. We couldn’t be happier about it. The show is on ManiaTV.com. The show’s we’ve done in the past are archived for on-demand viewing and the live shows are on 5-6PM PST. We actually go live, which is pretty cool. What happens gets out there. There’s no cutting.
I think it’s cool and a definite sign of where things are going when TV Guide includes web-based programming. The future of TV is on the internet!
Yeah, it really is. We’re proud to be on the ground floor of that. I’ve been heavily involved in the internet since about 1990. That’s when it took an hour to download a photograph but once it downloaded it was the most exciting thing in the world. Now it’s evolved into the greatest communication tool in the world. We’re stoked, man. We have everybody from avant garde street performers and performance artists, bands, actors. We have an in-house psychotherapist. We get into what I like to call ‘the alternative Dr. Phil’ shows. We’ll have a recovering anorexic or a self-mutilating cutter on and in the same show we’ll have Gene Simmons or Margaret Cho. There’s really such a wide range of guests to choose from. ManiaTV lets us do whatever we want.
Are you involved as far as booking talent and who’s going to be on each show?
Absolutely. It’s our show – me and my co-host Todd Newman. We put together a wish list of guest and our booker will go after them. Sometimes we’ll go after them ourselves. Other times, our producer Larissa Friend will suggest guests. We’ll take ‘em from anywhere we can get ‘em but you’d be surprised. It’s an internet show and very recognizeable mainstream people want to come do it. It’s a real great testament to where things are going.
Your adult film directorial debut, Dave Navarro:Broken, was just released. I know you’ve known Evan Seinfeld and Tera Patrick for a while. How was the idea of you directing an adult feature brought up?
I was actually covering a convention here in Los Angeles called Erotica LA for Spread Entertainment. We took some cameras down and we were interviewing the stars and the manufacturers in the industry. I reconnected with Evan and Tera and did an interview with them for the show. They called a couple of days later and asked if I’d be interested in doing a film. It just seemed like a really different, fun project to take on. The interesting thing about the adult film industry is that it moves incredibly fast. You go from a conversation to a month and a half later and it’s a finished product.
Timing has got to be important with a project like this – short term, like you’re talking about – but also, is this something you would’ve been comfortable doing ten years ago?
That’s an interesting question. I can’t say for sure.
People are definitely more open to adult entertainment now than they were just a few years ago…
That’s a good point. I haven’t considered that. I don’t know. There is certainly much less taboo attached to the industry now. Especially when you have the adult stars venturing off into mainstream projects now. There are reality shows about the stars and the industry now. I don’t know. Ten years ago I might have considered it. The internet wasn’t where it is now so the vehicle for public outcry wasn’t as tangible back then. We may not have known what the reaction might have been, ya know? Today you can’t do or say anything without a slew of negative comments attached. That’s the way it is.
There will always be a stigma attached to the adult industry. It’s diminishing, but it will always be there. Did you consider that when you made the decision to direct an adult film it may affect you on the music side of the business?
I’ve been through a lot of things in my life. I’ve survived the murder of my mother. I’ve survived heroin and cocaine addiction. I’ve been in two very successful bands. I’ve had a lot of hardships and a lot of positives and things to be grateful for. The reality is, once you’ve gone through the course of events that I’ve gone through, you understand how little some things matter in the long run. I really didn’t care. It was a creative project. There were some ideas I wanted to add to the film that had nothing to do with sex and it had more to do with film making. It was something I wanted to try out. If an artist doesn’t do something he wants to do based on the potential for public perception, there’s a big problem.
That would also decrease any sincere output from that artist, too.
Exactly. I embrace…my favorite artists are the ones that didn’t give a fuck.
Look at Eddie Van Halen. He composed some music for an adult film last year and now he’s on the biggest tour in the country…
Exactly. If you look at some of the issues that are going on today, an adult film is really so insignificant. At the end of the day it’s entertainment. It’s not something that’s shoved down anybody’s throat. It’s a form of entertainment that you literally have to go seek out. If you don’t want to see it, don’t look at it. I’ll be honest with you. I’m not a big adult film viewer myself. The ability to be behind the camera and put together a feature-length film was really interesting to me. It wasn’t like Dreamworks was beating down my door to do a movie!
Do you see yourself directing more adult films?
Not necessarily. It was something that I thought would be cool to try and have a take on. My true love and passion is music and that’s what I want to focus on, especially at the beginning of next year. It was a cool experience and everybody over at TeraVision was cool to work with but it’s one of those things that was just an extension of creativity but not necessarily a new beginning.
You recently said you’ve missed the danger and the edge in music for many years. When did it fall off for you? When did the change happen?
I received a lot of flack for that comment. My point wasn’t that music itself lacks danger and edge. My intention was that the industry today won’t allow it. There are plenty of bands out there that have plenty of edge and danger but the corporate structures shy away from it and they’re looking for the quick buck. They’re looking for the middle America, teenage, radio world. The point I was making was at least TeraVision was a structure that is all about the edge. There are certainly bands that are embracing what I miss about music. Around 1991 and 1992 when Jane’s Addiction was working with Warner Brothers, they were all about us being unique and edgy. Today there isn’t a whole lot of outlets for bands that want to push the envelope.
You mentioned something musically is happening in January. What is up next for you as far as music in concerned?
I’m working with a DJ right now, DJ Skribble. He and I do live mash-ups. We have a bunch of dates lined up. He’ll take like LL Cool J and I’ll play a Zeppelin riff under it. We mash up rock jams and hip-hop jams together. It’s purely a fun experience. We’re not creating anything that’s of the heart. It’s more of a fun experience. Come January I’m going to get to work on another project. I don’t know if it’s going to be a band or a solo project, but given the state of the music business and now that I’ve found myself out of Capitol, I intend to do it all myself at home and make it available purely online.
For the fans of your music and/or the fans of your movie, what would you like to say to them?
Some of my fans are not fans of adult entertainment. As an artist, you’re basically talking to your fans through your creations. More than anything else I would like to say that I’m a musician at heart and will always be. That’s my passion and my love. Anything else is just an extension of creativity and interest. Even though I’ve put together this film with Teravision, in no way is it a career move. I’m still a guitar player who just loves to play.
Release Date: 2007
Released By: Vivid / Teravision
ID Number(s): 27918
Mediums: DVD (NTSC)