In just a week, we’re presenting the only erotic “masterpiece and the best French gay porn ever made” from painter Francis Savel (directing under the pseudonym Dietrich de Velsa), EQUATION TO AN UNKNOWN.
EQUATION would have remained an obscure and largely forgotten film, were it not for director Yann Gonzalez (Knife + Heart) having new 16mm prints of the film struck from negative found in the lab. We are fortunate to be able to present a new restoration of this film, that Yann Gonzalez has named as his favorite Gay porn.
The film follows the erotic imaginings of a motorcycle riding loner. After a first viewing, I was struck by the quiet melancholy of this atmospheric dreamscape of a film, where we are invited to gaze upon the bodies of youthful football players and gas station attendants as they are dreamed by the protagonist. The result is a series of sexual vignettes that dissolve into our protagonist’s sense of loneliness and longing.
A handsome young stud rides his motorcycle through myriad sexual fantasies, from a soccer game’s locker room to a dreamy and unsettling orgy where the porn reaches its melancholic peak. This undiscovered erotic film is a labyrinth of all-male fantasies whose outstanding beauties always end up fading away while leaving their sensual protagonist dealing with his own loneliness. Directed with absolute grace by the mysterious Dietrich de Velsa (aka Francis Savel / Frantz Salieri): this former painter was also the owner and artistic director of one of the first transvestites’ cabaret of Paris, La Grande Eugène. Years later, he collaborated with Joseph Losey on Mr. Klein and Don Giovanni. EQUATION TO AN UNKNOWN is his only film and stands without a doubt as a masterpiece. It’s also director Yann Gonzalez’s (KNIFE+HEART) favorite gay porn film!
After a long hiatus, we have returned with a new event of nearly 50 year-old media.
On Tuesday, May 28, we are again teaming up with the Sprocket Society to present some old-timey dirty movies. We cannot divulge the titles as they come from private collections. But what we can say is that on May 28, we will be presenting the kind of film program that would be watched in small venues that catered to the “raincoat” crowd in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but in a larger and less seedy atmosphere.
We will be showing two short films from the 1960s, before a very low-budget 1973 feature. Personally, I have a soft-spot for the erotica of the 60s and early 70s as there’s a palpable optimism and experimental ambition to these films that have largely languished in trash bins or forgotten in attics. And the narratives that quickly became the over-used, but always amusing, tropes of pornographic films were new.
Tickets available 30min prior to show. $10 (general admission) Cash only.
Boogie down to the theater for a secret 1970s feature film with one of the foxiest far-out stars of the era. This low budget artifact captures the spirit of the months following the breakout success of Behind the Green Door and Deep Throat, when everyone was attempting to capitalize on the emergence of the Golden Age. What this film lacks in glitz and polish, more than makes up for in fun and enthusiasm. The feature will follow a selection of short nudie films that appear to be made in the time of the summer of love. All on groovy 16mm!
** No one under 18 admitted **
And finally, it is not too late to submit your erotic short film or feature length work for inclusion in SECS Fest 2019. But the Late submission deadline is this Friday. Submit today.
The SECS Fest 2018 Selection jury reconvened to select the best of SECS Fest 2018.
Best Feature: Fantasy (USA, 2017) d. Dashiell Demeter
Best Short Film: Queen Kong (Italy, 2016) d. Monica Stambrini
Best Documentary: Sixty Nine Club (UK, 2018) d. Rob Eagle
Best Sex-Positive: The 36 Year-Old Virgin (Canada, 2017) d. Skyler Braeden Fox
Best Humor: The Fix (USA, 2017) d. Edward Jack
Best Kink: The Wheel of Fortune (USA, 2018) d. Bambi K.
Congratulations to the winning films. Maybe we will need to do a best of series like CineKink does before our 2019 festival.