Tomorrow we will be showing two beautifully made erotic films from Venezuelan filmmaker Maria Beatty. Founder of Bleu Productions, her work explores lesbian sexuality and fetishism and we will be showing two film exploring BDSM and bondage, The Black Glove and Silken Sleeves.
In preparing for tomorrow’s event, SECS has stumbled upon a couple of very relevant videos. Before Maria Beatty invented the new genre “erotic noir”, she was photographing New York City musicians and performance artists. And in the early 1990s, she worked with Annie Sprinkle to create The Sluts & Goddesses Video Workshop, or How to be a Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps.
So we’re hold a SECS FEST 2018 Fundraiser. We are still short funds for renting the festival venue, acquiring the rights to the films in our archival program, advertising the festival, etc.
So these fantastic videos will be raffled on Saturday. Raffle tickets start at only $2.
You might also consider purchasing a SECS FEST lapel pin or stickers.
And memberships are only $50 and get you exclusive access to festival full series passes..
[box] The Black Glove & Silken Sleeves
dir. Maria Beatty
Saturday April 20 – 9pm Grand Illusion Cinema[/box]
We are excited to announce that SECS will be able to screen two erotic works from the Venezuela born experimental filmmaker Maria Beatty.
Maria Beatty foray into filmmaking evolved from her desire to document the performance artists, musicians, the eccentric women living in the Lower East Side NYC. Her first film, Gang of Souls (1989) explored the influence of the Beat poets on the art rock and poetry scene and featured William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Jim Carroll, Marianne Faithfull, Richard Hell, Lydia Lunch, and Henry Rollins. Beatty’s erotic works begins with a collaboration with Annie Sprinkle, Sluts and Goddesses (1992).
In 1995, Beatty wrote, directed, and produced her first erotic film. Her first film, The Elegant Spanking, was shot in black and white with no dialog. In 1997, she founded Bleu Productions and since has produced, directed, and edited over thirty lesbian and queer transgressive erotic films.
SECS will be presenting two of her works; the 1997 black and white cult film, The Black Glove, and Silken Sleeves (2004) featuring the beautiful Japanese rope bondage (shibari) of Midori. SECS Presents: The Black Glove & Silken Sleeves
Saturday April 21, 9pm The Grand Illusion Cinema
As always, tickets will go in sale 30 minutes before the show.
Our next film has been posted.
[box] 9-1/2 Weeks
Adrian Lyne / 1986, USA
118min / digital
A man. A Woman. And an attraction that became an obsession. Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger go on an erotic odyssey in this steamy story of a love affair where secret fantasies and desires come vividly to life on screen. Set against the high-tech backdrop of Manhattan, 9 1/2 weeks is the length of the affair between Elizabeth (a beautiful art dealer) and John (the man who becomes her lover) as they explore their sexual desires with one another. Sizzling and sexy, 9 ½ WEEKS is sure to rev up your Valentine’s eve.
DISCLOSURE: This film depicts non-negotiated D/s and non-consensual sexual situations.
Showtimes: Wednesday February 14 – 645pm
at the Grand Illusion Cinema[/box]
Originally, 9 ½ Weeks was scheduled for November and then the shocking allegations against Harvey Weinstein were dominating headlines and it seemed like an inordinately bad moment to promote a film that was surrounded by controversy at the time of it’s release due to the abuse that Kim Basinger endured on set during filming.
But we knew with our goal to examine the good, the bad, and the sometimes downright exploitative cinema that constitutes of history of sex on the silver screen that we cannot avoid problematic works. So instead of avoiding controversial cinema, we exhibit it while giving space to discuss why a work is problematic and hopefully, why we believe it is an important contribution to our monthly film series.
In 9 ½ Weeks, Elizabeth (Kim Basinger), a recently divorced art gallery assistant, keeps encountering a wealthy wall street broker, John (Mickey Rourke) until they begin a 9 ½ week long affair of erotic games of sexual domination and submission. Finally, Elizabeth must decide what she is willing to endure to be with John. And this is what makes 9 1/2 Weeks an important contribution to the genre of mainstream erotic film: In Elizabeth’s sexual awakening, the affair with John did happen to her, but overtime, she finds her own voice in the relationship and ultimately decides it’s fate. So while it is far from a perfect film, this is an erotic romance with a heroine with sexual agency.
We are still soliciting submissions for SECS FEST 2018. We are interested in seeing your erotic shorts & feature length films at our 2018 festival.
The regular submission deadline ends on February 28, so submit before the fees increase.
Submit at filmfreeway.
Thank you for a fantastic year. After our launch in July 2017, with a screening of Sex World at the Grand Illusion Cinema, we have hosted 13 film screenings and held our very first erotic film festival, SECS Fest. And without so much community support, it couldn’t have happened.
And now, we are back at work putting together film programs for 2018.
So we begin 2018 with a sexual voyage into the NYC underground art salons in Shortbus (2006), John Cameron Mitchell’s follow up to Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Sex-therapist Sophia Lin (Sook-Yin Lee) reveals in a session that she has never actually had an orgasm. And so we are brought into the sex lives of some unique characters who are also seeking connection and finally, they converge at an erotic salon hosted by Mx Justin Vivian Bond. Shortbus is, according to Variety, “unquestionably the most sexually graphic American narrative feature ever made outside the porn industry.” And John Cameron Mitchell achieved this by making a comic romance with unsimulated sex, that appreciates the humanity of the act.
So join us on January 18th for Shortbus. Note: the starting time has not yet been posted.
And finally, submissions are open for SECS FEST 2018. So spread the word and finish up those erotic films as we would love to see them at our second festival.
The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society monthly film event is this Thursday. We are so excited to present Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice on 35mm. When Roger Ebert reviewed the film, he correctly points out that “it isn’t really about wife swapping at all, but about the epidemic of moral earnestness that’s sweeping our society right now.” One reason Bob & Carol… remains relevant is that it is a sly comedy of manners about honesty in marriage. So while at times the film feels a bit dated, we still identify with Bob and Carol’s optimistic experimentation with open marriage and Ted and Alice’s discomfort with their friends’ improprieties.
So join us for an exploration of non-monogamy on the silver screen. The Stranger recommends it. And if you are still not convinced, there are all of the groovy 1960s fashions.
And for once, we are showing a completely non-explicit, Rated R, mainstream(ish) movie.