Alex Liu (seen shirtless in photo) studied molecular toxicology at UC Berkeley and worked at Genentech. He has reported health and science news for NOVA scienceNOW, CNN Health, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and San Francisco NPR station KQED.
In 2012, he started posting videos about sexual health related issues to his YouTube channel The Science of Sin. Since then he has created more than 30 videos, which feature a mix of “science, sketch comedy, and a little skin,” and has amassed an audience of more than 11,000 followers.
Slate recently named Liu’s video page one of its “Brilliant Ideas To Fix Science Education.” Now he wants to expand his webisodes into a full fledged movie called “A Sexplanation.”
According to Liu, his feature-length documentary “will strip down human sexuality from the biological to the sociological, starting with the premise that pleasure is a worthwhile pursuit.”
The project has already secured support from London-based production and distribution company Flynn Entertainment as a co-producer. The total cost for the film is estimated at $28,188, with an initial line budget of $22,788 and $5,400 for post-production.
Liu recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and easily surpassed his $10,000 goal. Now, with more than $11,500 raised, Liu is trying to reach $15,000 by May 28.
Some of the perks for those who donate are a DVD or digital download of the film ($50 level); a skyped 30-minute “sexplanation” call with Liu and an uncensored version of the movie ($69 level); a sex toy starter kit ($99 level); or executive producer credit and perks ($1,500 level).
He expects to begin filming this summer and intends to “journey through church pews, biology labs, fetish conventions and therapy sessions, investigating the stories of researchers, educators, and sexual pioneers, exploring what makes human sexuality throb, and how we can better understand sex.”