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

CineKink comes to Seattle

The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society is teaming up with CineKink, to bring the Best of CinKink 2018 to Seattle on Saturday, November 24.

A special evening of films that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality will screen as CineKink, “the kinky film festival,” hits Seattle for a hot, one-night stand!

Saturday, November 24 – 9 pm
BEST OF CINEKINK / 2018
The award-winning selections in this sex-positive and kink-friendly showcase range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildy spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between!

Program includes:
ASIAN MAN, WHITE WOMAN / Woody Hu
DON’T CALL ME / Olympe De G.
CRUISING ELSEWHERE / Ryan White
F*CK YES: THREESOME / Jessica King
YES CAMPAIGN / Ms. Naughty
LIBRARY HOURS / Jim Vendiola
QUEEN KONG / Monica Strambini
MORNING AFTER / Patricia Chica
THE MERMINATOR / Heidi Ho
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WRITING IN BED / Shine Louise Houston

LOCATION
Grand Illusion Cinema
1405 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
http://www.grandillusioncinema.org/

ADMISSION
Admission is $12; $10 Students/Seniors; $8 Grand Illusion, SECS, Cinekink members
18 and over only.

ADVANCE TICKETS
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3819067
SPONSORS:
National tour sponsors for CineKink/2018 are Bowery Bliss, Film Festival Secrets, njoy, Purple Passion and PunkPop, with local support from the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society.

INFO
For more information, visit http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/tour/tour-2018/seattle/

RSVP and share with your friends
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Documentary film about Indian sex columnist

We are doing something a bit different for our July film event. Instead of showing an erotic feature film or a piece of classic pornography, we are showing a documentary film; a documentary film about sex!
Our mission as a sex-positive organization, is to bring to topic of sexuality out of the shadows and into a dark theater for all to see and discuss, with the hope that we are helping to make the subject a little less taboo. So when we stumbled upon a film about an Indian physician, Dr. Mahinder Watsa, who was doing the same thing in a place where people are even more misinformed about human sexuality due to cultural taboos, we had to include the film in our monthly series.

“Ask the Sexpert is a feature length documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai. Despite sex being a taboo topic in India, the column’s brand of non-moralistic advice and humor has emboldened many to write in with their questions. The columnist gains popularity even while a ban on comprehensive sex education in schools is adopted by approximately a third of India’s states.”

[box] Ask the Sexpert
Vaishali Sinha / 2017, India-USA
83min / digital
Thursday, July 12 at 7 pm
Grand Illusion Cinema
Tickets: $9 (General Admission), $5 (members) – cash only [/box]

 

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