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).
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. **
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.
2021 GOLDEN RAINCOAT AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FEATURE FILM: ONE LAST TIME
BEST SHORT FILM: HOLE THEORY
BEST SEX-POSITIVE FILM: THE MULTIVERSE IN A MOUTHFUCK
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.
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.
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/.
“Caught on Camera” – 12 PM – Sat, Sept 11 – Grand Illusion – TICKETS
“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.
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.
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.