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