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.
Tomorrow is our monthly erotic cinema event at the Grand Illusion Cinema. This is a rarely seen example of French erotic horror.
Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay – 9 pm – Grand Illusion Cinema – $9 / $5 (members)
And remember, the Grand Illusion is a cash only venue.
Seattle Erotic Cinema Society volunteers will have a card reader on hand, so we will be able to sell SECS Memberships. And if you would like to buy a pass for SECS Fest 2017, you need to be a SECS member.
In preparation for the festival, SECS Volunteers hit the streets and postered numerous Seattle neighborhoods. So hopefully, you will see our poster at some of your favorite locations around the city.
Our first ever, annual international erotic film festival is only three weeks away. Our program has been finalized and tickets are now available through Stranger Tickets.
Our membership program is also live. Seattle Erotic Cinema Society members receive a discount on the price of tickets, $10 vs $12 general admission and SECS members can purchase a full-series pass. So if you would like to see all four feature length films, the three short film programs, and the two archival screenings, you may want to purchase a full series pass. The full-series pass includes entry into all of the SECS screenings at the Grand Illusion Cinema, but also includes admission to the SECS Fest closing film and wrap party.
In addition to dozens to new erotic films from around the world, we are including two archival programs. Vinegar Syndrome is presenting the 1984 Golden Age film Matinee Idol on Friday, September 8th, 9 pm with special guests Dr. David Church and Raymond Rea. Dr. Church is a film historian, specializing in genre cinema and Raymond Rea was the assistant cinematographer on Matinee Idol.
The festival is also thrilled and honored that Stephen Sayadian has granted us permission to exhibit the surreal horror porn, Nightdreams (1981). You’ve never seen anything quite like this.
And don’t forget, like our monthly screenings at the Grand Illusion Cinema, this is an 18+ event.
What I’m personally most excited to share is the collection of short films with themes more common in science fiction than erotica. The Future Sex short film program is made up of films with futuristic settings, imagined future technologies, and in a few cases, dystopian visions. This collection shorts would make a fantastic double feature with Nightdreams. Not only are the shorts incredibly innovative and imaginative, but some of them are also quite surprisingly explicit.
Read about all of the film included in SECS Fest 2017 on our films page: https://seattleeroticcinema.org/secs-fest/festival-2017/
And don’t forget. Our festival hashtag is #secsfest17
Thanks to all who attend our movie nights. Tuesday March 28 was truly a special evening for those curious about the long history of sexuality in movies. SECS partnered with Spencer Sundell of the Sprocket Society and Lisa Petrucci of Something Weird to explore some early examples of erotic film.
And the audience did get an authentic film experience. As the majority of the program was films from the 1920s and film is an ephemeral medium, there were technical difficulties as one of the films had become too degraded to project. But such is life when working with old 16mm films, but we did get a glimpse of Uncle Si and his magical television before the film failed.
We also viewed a great example of a stag film, i.e. the short, usually silent pornographic films produced illegally and exhibited in private settings to all male audiences. We also had a very early animated film, but most of the early erotic films were non-explicit and were produced by Cine-Art Productions. Likely under the guise of being “art films”, these films were likely sold on 16mm to the home market, which began to emerge in the late 1920s. Although, it is also possible that they were played in coin operated peep show booths.
We also were able to show some later animated films from the 1970s and even a Walt Disney sex-education film.
Thanks again to all that attended. We will do this again in a month.
While the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society is busy trying to put the finishing touches on the April 28th event, I wanted to take a moment to support our parent organization, the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture.
About 6 months ago, they moved out of their original location and had to search for a new space. As Seattle is in the middle of a building boom, it wasn’t easy to find a building to lease, but they have, but must renovate the building before they can officially move in. And as a result are in need of funding in order to move forward and bring their offices and the library for sex-positive culture out of storage at to it’s new home.
Please consider supporting their newly launched crowd funding campaign as the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society wouldn’t exist without their continued support.
And while the entire program for our next screening at the Grand Illusion Cinema hasn’t been finalized, I can tell you that it will include a selection of rare nudie films from the prohibition era. Not only will there be short films of disrobed flappers, but a selection of animated dirty movies from different eras.
So keep you eyes peeled for the final details on our March 28th event, in collaboration with the Sprocket Society.
The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society has only existed for 6 months and already, thanks to the support of film fans and our dedicated volunteers, we’ve hosted six screenings and have received numerous film submissions for our September film festival, SECS Fest. So tonight, in the first days of 2017, I am feeling immense gratitude to those who donated their time and money to turn the idea of creating a space to seriously appreciate and discuss the most controversial and demonized of genres, the porno flick.
For January, we have selected a film from porn auteur, Anthony Spinelli (Sex World). This time around, Spinelli pays homage to the Bogart/Bacall noir films of the 1940s complete with dangerous femme fatales and a hardboiled detective with a dead dame in his office. Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star is the rare X-rated film that boasts big budgets, fantastic period costuming, and even some damn fine acting. As always, we are showing the hardcore cut of the film, although Spinelli released a soft version, It’s Called Murder, Baby.
So please join us for Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star at 9pm on Saturday, January 21 at the Grand Illusion Cinema. Tickets are $9 (cash only) and go on sale approximately 30 minutes prior to the show.
We are still accepting submission for our first International, erotic film festival, SECS Fest. The next submission deadline is January 27, so get your film finished before fees increase.
It was fantastic meeting so many fans of erotic film at tonight’s TWIST screening of The Long Haul Live with the Buckaroos. Tonight was the first time that I’ve spoken about pornography from a stage overlooking hundreds of folks.
T-Bone Tucker Long Haul Trucker stopped by our table.
Support erotic film. Erotic cinema is revolutionary cinema.
We had a fantastic time brining Thundercrack to Seattle audiences last week, but tomorrow, we are helping with the final screening at Twist: Seattle’s Queer Film Festival – The Long Haul Live. We will have a table where you can talk to us about the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society and our annual festival, SECS Fest. All while supporting queer film and enjoying a film about local male entertainers. Tickets for the Long Haul Live, 8 pm November 1 at the Egyptian.
Also happening on November 1st, we will be accepting submissions for SECS Fest. So finish your films and get them ready for our eyes and if you submit before December 16th, submission fees are only $10 for short films and $20 for features.
If you are wondering what kinds of original film projects we are considering:
Films of any length may be submitted.
There are no genre restrictions. Films may be documentary, experimental, narrative, animated, etc.
There are no restrictions based on explicit sexual content, except that depicted sex-acts are between consenting adults (18 years-old or over).
Beyond that, you should decide what qualifies as an erotic film and share it with us.
Our next screening at the Grand Illusion Cinema is coming soon. Make sure to put Barbara Broadcast, 7pm Monday November 14th on your calendar. You won’t want to miss Barbara Broadcast, “playful, funny and beautifully made film for grownups, a celebration of carnality and earthly delights shot with an artist’s eye for composition and set to an excellent score.”