Hop on the SHORTBUS in February

After a long absence, we are again hosting events at the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle.  Starting with the 4K restoration of SHORTBUS (2006). So if you missed our 35mm screening in 2018, here’s another opportunity to see this amazingly warm and innovative film from director, John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch).

Shortbus – 4K Restoration

John Cameron Mitchell · 2006 · USA
101min · DCP
Playing Feb 6 through Feb 9

New 4K Restoration! John Cameron Mitchell’s SHORTBUS explores the lives of several emotionally challenged characters as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex in and around a modern-day underground salon. A sex therapist who has never had an orgasm, a dominatrix who is unable to connect, a gay couple who are deciding whether to open up their relationship, and the people who weave in and out of their lives, all converge on a weekly gathering called Shortbus: a mad nexus of art, music, politics, and polysexual carnality. Set in a post-9/11, Bush-exhausted New York City, SHORTBUS tells its story with sexual frankness, suggesting new ways to reconcile questions of the mind, pleasures of the flesh, and imperatives of the heart. ** This film is rated NC-17, no one under 17 will be admitted. **

Co-presented by SECS Fest.

“Few arthouse directors have put real sex to such narratively constructive and credibly, humorously human use.” Ben Walters, Time Out

“A rather sweet, wistful little movie that just happens to have a lot of explicit sex in it.” Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

“Something both deeply funny and transcendently human: a revolving door that leads to the senses and to the heart” Ty Burr, Boston Globe


Sunday, Feb 6: 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Monday, Feb 7: 7:00 pm
Wednesday, Feb 9: 7:00 pm

*Mask and proof of vaccination required for entry.

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Each year, the SECS Fest selection jury reconvenes after the festival to decide upon the best films in the festival to award four “Golden Raincoat Awards” to each year.

Why are the awards called “Golden Raincoats”?

We borrowed Raincoat from the derogatory term for the men who would frequent adult movie theaters, the raincoaters. So it seemed fitting to reclaim the stereotype of the sleazy guy in the raincoat while naming the SECS Fest awards.







#SECS FEST is this weekend at the Grand Illusion (@gicinema). Ticket sales end soon.

The festival begins on Friday, but if you want to watch the entire virtual live-stream of the festival, you need to buy your tickets now. Sales of the virtual festival pass end on Thursday, September 9 at 10 pm (Pacific Time).

Individual in-person tickets are still available to all shows and can be purchased through Stranger Tickets or in person at the Grand Illusion Cinema, 30 minutes before the start of the show. Just remember to wear a mask and bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Map of seattle region. Reads Weekend Traffic Alerts: Fri 9/10 - Mon. 9/3 Sounders Game 2 pm saturday Montlake Bridge, Montlake Blvd and SR520 ramps are closed 11 pm Friday - 5 am Monday. 1-5 Express Lanes closed 9 pm Friday - 5 pm Monday

The festival weekend is going to be challenging due to numerous sports events, construction, and road closures. So you will need to give plenty of time to get to the University District and find street parking.

Seattle scores a weekend of construction and sports, Sept. 10-13

And SECS FEST has some press this year.

BOMB Magazine: Girls Just Want to Have: Shiva Sanjari Interviewed by Jessica Lanay

Shiva Sanjari’s documentary, RED LIPSTICK, will screen on Sunday, September 12 at 2 pm. The full interview by Jessica Lanay will follow the film. Tickets an info at https://www.secsfest.org/red-lipstick/.

See you at the festival!

So many erotic short films at #SECSFest2021!

This year, there are 30 short films at the festival spanning so many different genres. There is bound to be a shorts program that will appeal.

4 images are pictured: 1 Bishop Black and Kali Sudhra are seated on the floor, Bishop is holding Kali's elbow as they grin at each other. 2. Poodle Mix and Jasper Lowe share a passionate kiss. 3. two figures are drawn in black ink in a suggestive position. 4. A naked woman is seated on the floor.

“For Your Pleasure” Shorts Program (90 min)

Discover pleasures from new perspectives with films about self-discovery, new life, creative foreplay, bumpn’ beats, and a time traveln’ hole.

Another Beautiful Creature
Wild Card
Progressive Touch
Hole Theory

“For Your Pleasure” – 6 PM – Friday, Sept 10 – Grand Illusion – TICKETS

4 images: 1 A man straddles another man while filming him with a handheld camera 2. Kaleidoscopic image 3. A woman wearing a blindfold has an image projected on her face 4. a shirtless man wearing an officers cap is dancing at a club.

“Caught on Camera” Shorts Program (80 min)

Reflections, gaze, projections, and physical media all play a part in these films where the lens has a leading role.

The Mirror
2 or 3 Things I Like About Him
“In a Strange Room”

“Caught on Camera” – 12 PM – Sat, Sept 11 – Grand Illusion – TICKETS

4 images: 1. Three bright lights in a row 2. two man embrace on a dancefloor 3. 4 women with a guitar, banner reads girls to the front. 4, atmospheric image of a naked dancer in black and white.

“Nightclubbing” Shorts Program (90 min)

Get hypnotized by the music, lights and mysteries that linger in the afterhours. These films will take you through a mind melding blowjob, a late night stroll through a city asleep, an all girl band making more than just music, and plenty more visual vices that will rock your Saturday night.

The Multiverse in a MouthF*ck
Girl Gang

“Nightclubbing” – 6 pm – Sat., Sept] 11 – Grand Illusion – TICKETS

Four images: 1. a shirtless man with a grey beard rests against a stone wall 2. Two women sharing a joint, face each other with mouths nearly touching. 3. smoke comes from a woman's mouth 3. three people gathered together in a forest or park to take a selfie.

“Love is the Drug” Shorts Program (90 min)

Craving some nature? We’ve got you covered with bodega treats, picnics, sultry seaside encounters, canna-comforts and more. Guaranteed to leave you hungry for more.

Snack Time
Dic Pic Picnic
Forest Affair
Tears for Water, A Selkie Fantasy
Saint Plaisir
Pops’ Corn

“Love is the Drug” – 8 pm – Sunday, Sept 12 – Grand Illusion  – TICKETS

Can’t decide? Get the virtual pass to the live-streamed festival and watch them all. Sales end for the virtual pass on Thursday, Sept 9 at 10 pm (PDT).

Ticket sales begin on August 25 for #SECSFest2021

Tickets are on sale at 8 am (pacific) on August 25.

You have the option to either see individual film programs at the Grand Illusion Cinema or you can get a pass to the festival live-stream. The only difference will be that the live-stream will not include the Fred Halsted double-feature.

For tickets visit https://www.secsfest.org/festival-2021-tickets/  or visit our event page at Stranger Tickets.

Just remember, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or have a recent negative test result) to attend the festival screenings at the Grand Illusion Cinema. Also, masks are required for all indoor events.

And as always, you must be 18+ to attend either the virtual or in-person festival.

*Ticket links will not work until after 8 am on August 25th.