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

Which SECS Fest programs tickle your fancy?

For SECS Fest 2019, we have a full day of cinematic offerings including three short film programs and one feature length queer, experimental erotic work. I’m confident that you will find the films that hit your personal sweet spot.

First, at 2pm on September 7th is our shorts program OUT OF THIS WORLD shorts. Spend 90 minutes in magical fantasy land of erotic explorations of encounters with witches, extraterrestrial life, and other worldly sensuality. There’s a short depicting an erotic extraterrestrial first contact, a coming of age story of gender switch, Princess Leia  cosplay, and even a robot monster looking for love.

Tickets are $12 / $10 (SECS Members) – Buy Now

Then at 4:30 pm, I am excited to be screening the 90 minute feature film from AORTA Films, (W/HOLE).

“At turns lush, humorous, sincere, erotic, joyful, and intense, (W/HOLE) forsakes traditional expectations of porn to create an unexpectedly textured landscape of desire. Amidst ecstatic water balloon fights, opulent feasts devoured without utensils, narrations of pleasure, lewd hand gestures, densely scored orgies, improvisational performance, and intense kink dynamics, (W/HOLE) proposes a new type of pornography: a world of queer sex that is at once surreally lush and intensely real. The film celebrates queer pleasure as a type of queer resistance, while inviting viewers of all identities towards their own human capacity for pleasure.”

If you are looking for body-diverse queer feminist film that isn’t afraid to break boundaries, (W/HOLE) would be my first choice.

Tickets are $12 / $10 (SECS Members) – Buy Now

If you are looking for something a little darker and more forbidden with a splash or two of humor, KINK & CAKE might be just the treat you seek.

75 minutes of films focused on fetishes and deserts. Bondage, BDSM, ‘Sissy’ training, tattoos, and more served with a slice of metaphorical cake.

Tickets are only $12 / $10 (SECS Members) – Buy Now

Finally at 9pm, I am pleased to end the 2019 festival with LOVE LESSONS, a 90 minute shorts program that explores the human condition with humor and messages of self love, acceptance, and plenty of paint.

Find a short documentary about putting on a penis costume to spread sex-positivity, a first time, a relationship end, threesome negotiations, and the wonderful act of self-love. These films seek honesty and communication along with a fun retro public-service announcement from our friends at Spark Erotic.

Tickets are $12 / $10 (SECS Members) – Buy Now

And if you can’t pick just one, we also have passes available to SECS Members that grant admission to all four programs. And now becoming a Seattle Erotica Cinema Society Member is even easier. Just make a $50 donation at our new member Click and Pledge site and you will not only receive the secret code to allow you to purchase a pass, but you will receive discounts at all of our events held throughout the year.

 

SECS Fest 2019 – Coming September 7

SECS Fest 2019 runs all day, September 7th.

The Festival will include three short film programs and one feature length porno. This year all of the films are new and include creations from independent filmmakers, indie porn companies, some found archival footage of an Italian porn star, fetish films, bondage films, dramatic tales self-love and acceptance, and so much more.

Tickets are $12 / $10 (SECS Members) and are on sale now.

Go to SECS Fest 2019 Programs to learn more.


For those that may have missed SECS Fest 2017 & 2018, we are showing a few of our favorite short films at BEST OF SECS FEST: SHORT FILMS.

Wednesday, August 21 – 9 pm

Grand Illusion Cinema

Tickets: $10 / $5 (SECS & Grand Illusion members), available at the door, CASH only.


Memberships are available!

We have re-launched our membership program. Memberships are still only $50 per year and provide discounts at all of our events throughout the year.

Learn more about membership benefits and how to become a member today.

Line up for SECS Fest 2019 has been finalized

SECS Fest 2019 is just around the corner. And we are excited to announce that the film selections have been made and we will be publishing the full line up of erotic short films and features here in the next few days.

Congratulations to all of the filmmakers who submitted their new erotic works for inclusion in the festival. Notifications were sent on July 11. If you submitted, please check in at filmfreeway.

Our final event before SECS Fest (September 6 & 7), will be a compilation of some of our favorite erotic short film that played previous SECS Festivals.

Best of SECS Fest – Short films

Wednesday, August 21 – 9pm

Grand Illusion Cinema

 

 

The films:

House of Air (UK, 2017, 4 min)
d. Brian Fairbairn & Karl Eccleston

Aridai
Goodbye
Sonata
That’s Why I Like It
Oh, Baby
F*ck Yes: Fingers
House of Air
Boner Loaner
The Pick-up
The Wheel of Fortune
See Me

So mark your calendars and I plan to see you at Best of SECS Fest: Shorts and SECS Fest 2019 for exciting, new erotic films for every taste.

Sonata (Germany, 2015, 19 min)
d. David Bloom

EQUATION TO AN UNKNOWN

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.

And you can see it on Friday, June 22 at 9pm at the Grand Illusion Cinema.

Equation to an Unknown
Dir. Dietrich de Velsa
France, 1980
99 minutes

New HD Restoration!

 

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!

 *No one under 18 admitted