Lilla was blown away when the film got into the Tribeca Film Festival: "It's been rejected by a lot of festivals who feel the content is too graphic." In mainstream terms, some of the BDSM images in Tale of Two Bondage Models are pretty hardcore (caning on the bottom of the feet, anyone?)—but if you can see beyond the smacks, you'll find a smart, thoughtful window into two kinky women's worlds. "When my mother attempted to watch it, she told me to turn it off after the first two minutes," says Lilla. "The conversation afterward lasted three hours. Success for me is when the film instigates dialogue. I want people to walk away with their head full of questions."

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