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.
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.”
SECS Fest 2017 was a huge success. Thank you to all of the organizers who spent the last year planning the event, the volunteers who helped throughout the weekend, the filmmakers who submitted their work and finally, to all those who attended. I don’t think it would be possible for a very first film festival to have mostly full screenings, especially with so little time to get the word out. But you came and made it an exciting weekend.
On Sunday night, at the closing party, the winners of the SECS Fest 2017 Golden Raincoat awards were announced. There were four awards, Best Feature, Best Short Film, Best Sex-Positive Film, and Best Humor.
And the first ever Golden Raincoat winners are…
Best Feature: Exotic, the very smart documentary on sex-work in Guam from director Amy Oden.
Best Short Film: Sonata by David Bloom.
Our selection for a film that communicates progressive sex-positive values goes to See Me by Ms. Naughty.
And finally Best Humor goes to the film that kept the SECS Fest jury rolling is the aisles with laughter, House of Air from filmmaking duo Brian and Karl.
Congratulations to our winners. Our Jury deliberated long and hard trying to choose favorites as there were so many favorites. So I’m going to list some of the honorable mentions that really could be right there with the winners. Feminist and Submissive from Erika Lust, Cake by Anne Hu, The Training of Poe, the French dramatic short, Jules and finally the experimental short Cellular Activity: Bedtime Story.
So again, thank you to all that made the weekend momentous. The organizers are in need of a few days of rest and then, we will be putting out the call for submissions for 2018 and sending out physical awards to the 2017 winners.