something sweet… [CANCELLED]

EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK!

On March 24, the Seattle Erotica Cinema Society is proud to share out newest addition to our vintage 16mm archive, Sugar in the Raw. For the first three months of the year, the Sprocket Society has their 16mm equipment at the Grand Illusion Cinema, giving us the opportunity to share the rarities that we occasionally stumble upon on film.

Last year, we exhibited Flip Chicks (1973) with Georgina Spelvin with a couple of short “beaver films” from the late 1960s. It was so much fun being able to recreate a modern version of the grindhouse experience by showing old, faded 16mm films that likely played in the small porno theaters in the 1970s. So we’re excited to have found another relic of the 1970s, although this time this is a rare adult film that was written and directed by a porn actress, Lil Anders.


March 24, 7pm – SUGAR IN THE RAW – Grand Illusion Cinema


SUGAR IN THE RAW

Lil Anders / 1978, USA

56 min / 16mm

Sugar (Cindy Lynn) is hired by the mob to track down a man and make him pay in this rare Golden Age porno. Written and directed by adult film actress Lil Anders, this low budget hardcore thriller provides a feminine touch. Still following the expected tropes of the single-reel low rent porno, Sugar in the Raw distinguishes itself with a tenderness toward the protagonist giving Sugar a touch of depth and even an surprise romance. In the end, Sugar must decide if her loyalties fall with the criminal syndicate that hired her or her target, a youthful Mike Ranger, who she has developed feelings for.

CONTENT WARNING: depictions of sexual assault

*No one under 18 admitted*


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Upcoming events!

Our next film event is tomorrow, when we present the edu-porn documentary, The Sensually Liberated Female (1970), with a video introduction from post-graduate researcher and guest programmer Erin Wiegand.


THE SENSUALLY LIBERATED FEMALE

7 pm, Wednesday, February 19  
Grand Illusion Cinema

Matt Cimber / 1970, USA
65 min / digital

Inspired by the best selling book The Sensuous Woman, Matt Cimber’s farcical interpretation of the white-coater, sex-ed genre is hosted by sultry voiced Linda Guiness, who takes the viewer on a journey through the sexual habits of women. From public debauchery to the integration of vegetables, the secret desires of women are explored in explicit close up! Long thought lost, Vinegar Syndrome presents The Sensually Liberated Female uncut and newly restored for the first time. [from Vinegar Syndrome]

The film will follow a short introduction by guest SECS programmer, film scholar Erin Wiegand.

*No one under 18 admitted*

 


Coming in March, the Seattle Erotica Cinema Society is putting together a 70’s Grindhouse movie night on 16mm film featuring a rare, unreleased 1978 porno written and directed by adult movie actress, Lil Anders. So watch for that announcement!

Thank you from SECS Fest!

SECS FEST on the Grand Illusion marquee on September 7, 2019.

Thank you for attending SECS FEST 2019.

While it was a smaller festival this year, only filling a day with erotic films, I was thrilled to see  so many happy cinema-goers having a great time.

We were terrible at photographing all of the shenanigans this year to spread all over social media, but we still captured a few moments.

Director Logan Fry at SECS FEST 2019

Logan Fry, director of RO-BOOB: THE FARTING ROBOT MONSTER made the journey to the festival and posed for a few photo ops outside of the Grand Illusion. He also agreed to talk about his film after the OUT OF THIS WORLD SHORTS.

I spoke to quite a few of you who really enjoyed and connected with the only feature length film in the festival, (W/HOLE) from queer feminist porn collective AORTA Films. Actually, the majority of the feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive.

The festival is also the time when we get to meet and talk with many of our new SECS Members, who kindly donate to the festival.

The cake served up at SECS FEST 2019

After our fetish oriented shorts program, KINK & CAKE, SECS volunteers tracked down some actual cake to serve after the program and as a historic thunder storm raged outside. Our final shorts program of the festival, LOVE LESSONS, was even periodically interrupted as the storm kept threatening to knock out our power. But the show went on!

And finally, thank you to our dedicated volunteers who worked all day and well into the night. Without you and our dedicated audience, SECS FEST couldn’t exist.

SECS FEST 2019 staff

NEKRomantik (Jorg Buttgereit / 1987 / W.Germany / 71 min)

Now that SECS FEST 2019 is finished, it is time to begin the process of fundraising for SECS FEST 2020 with the return of our monthly film at the Grand Illusion Cinema. October is a particularly challenging month to program as there aren’t many good erotic scary movies that fit the Grand Illusion’s October programming. So we welcomed the Grand Illusion’s assistance in finding a title for October.

On October 12 & 16 we are co-presenting the West German cult film NEKRomantik (1987). This is a low budget horror film with a reputation for being shocking and profoundly disturbing. While we don’t totally agree with the film’s reputation, instead finding it to be a campy gore fest with some explicit sex, it is definitely a departure from the sex-positive films we like to champion. So we will include a few content warnings with this selection, although the title provides a major clue as to the problematic content.

NEKRomantic – Saturday, October 12 – 10 pm – Grand Illusion Cinema

NEKRomantic – Wednesday, October 16 – 9 pm – Grand Illusion Cinema

Best of SECS Fest begins Tuesday

Starting on Tuesday, July 2nd, is our Best of SECS Fest series.

On July 2, we revisit the opening feature of 2018, Fantasy by director Dashiell Demeter. Fantasy is about a couple who begins a very unusual and surprising relationship counselling with Dr. Harvey Bunuel.

Synopsis:

Nina and Norman are in a bit of a troubled relationship. In an attempt to improve their marriage, Nina books an appointment with renowned sex therapist Dr. Harvey Buñuel. Over the course of five sessions Harvey has them participate in surreal therapy methods that are designed to help with their intimacy problems.

Details:

FANTASY
Directed by Dashiell Demeter
USA, 2017
63 minutes

Tuesday, July 2 – 9 pm
Grand Illusion Cinema
$10 (general admission)
$7 (Students/Seniors)
$5 (Members)
Box office opens 30 min prior. Cash only.

*No one under 18 admitted*

Coming in August –

BEST of SECS Fest – Shorts
Wednesday, August 21 – 9pm
Grand Illusion Cinema