Peace, Love, & Hardcore.

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.

16mm SMUT SHOW II: Peace, Love, & Hardcore

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.

May Movies

As there is only 4 months until SECS FEST 2018 (Sept 7-9), SECS staff are busy watching submissions and making plans for September. However, we are also still holding special screenings each month of features that won’t be at the festival and for May, we are joining forces with Something Weird and the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) to bring the new 2K restoration of TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE (1970).

TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE was thought to be among Edward Wood Jr.'s lost films. Made in 1970 after a 10 year hiatus, Wood wrote, directed, and appears as Alecia, in this comedic sexploitation romp.
Edward D. Wood, Jr. was the filmmaker behind PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and the author of hundreds of novels, including KILLER IN DRAG. He was a pall-bearer at Bela Lugosi's funeral. Wood fought in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II while wearing a bra and panties under his uniform. Basically, there will never be another hero like Ed Wood. And there will never be another movie like TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE. Unseen for almost fifty years, this is a surreal sexploitation detective comedy that would feel right at home on a triple-bill with John Waters’s MULTIPLE MANIACS and Russ Meyer’s THE IMMORAL MR. TEAS. With delirious narration by Wood himself, positive depictions of LGBTQ relationships, and a miraculous role by Ed Wood in drag as “Alecia,” TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE is a joyous swan song from one of the most seminal exploitation filmmakers of all time.

After being unavailable for decades, AGFA and Something Weird are behind the brand new 2K Restoration that we will be exhibiting. And AGFA's Joe Ziemba and Sebastian del Castillo will be present to introduce the film and delve into the work's history and importance among Ed Wood's filmography.

TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE
Thursday, May 24 – 9 pm
Grand Illusion Cinema
Advance tickets

We are still accepting submissions for SECS FEST 2018, but the final deadline is rapidly approaching. So make sure that you finish and submit your erotic film by June 1 and we’ll see you at the festival!