This weekend, April 27 – 29, is the Seattle Erotic Art Festival.
And for the first time, the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society has provided a film for exhibition at SEAF. So if you attend the Art festival, make sure to look for the film kiosk as if you peek inside, you will see Neil Needleman’s experimental work that was included in Sexperimental Short Films at SECS FEST 2017.
Cellular Activity: BEDTIME STORIES
dir. Neil Needleman
Bedtime Stories is part of Needleman’s ongoing Cellular Activity series, videos that are based on looped “cells” that evolve and transform, usually on a single-frame level. In this film, hardcore porn footage, mostly derived from old VHS tapes, was used to create the visually more rhythmic short composed of repeated images of the thrusting and heaving motions that is explicitly on display in pornography.
So if you missed the film at SECS FEST 2018, you can see the silent version of the film all weekend at the Art Festival. Actually, Neil intended the film to be viewed as part of a gallery exhibition and the soundtrack was added for SECS FEST.
In addition to the art festival, SECS has another event coming up, a co-presentation with Something Weird and the American Genre Film Archive.
Tomorrow we will be showing two beautifully made erotic films from Venezuelan filmmaker Maria Beatty. Founder of Bleu Productions, her work explores lesbian sexuality and fetishism and we will be showing two film exploring BDSM and bondage, The Black Glove and Silken Sleeves.
In preparing for tomorrow’s event, SECS has stumbled upon a couple of very relevant videos. Before Maria Beatty invented the new genre “erotic noir”, she was photographing New York City musicians and performance artists. And in the early 1990s, she worked with Annie Sprinkle to create The Sluts & Goddesses Video Workshop, or How to be a Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps.
So we’re hold a SECS FEST 2018 Fundraiser. We are still short funds for renting the festival venue, acquiring the rights to the films in our archival program, advertising the festival, etc.
So these fantastic videos will be raffled on Saturday. Raffle tickets start at only $2.
You might also consider purchasing a SECS FEST lapel pin or stickers.
And memberships are only $50 and get you exclusive access to festival full series passes..
[box] The Black Glove & Silken Sleeves
dir. Maria Beatty
Saturday April 20 – 9pm Grand Illusion Cinema[/box]
We are excited to announce that SECS will be able to screen two erotic works from the Venezuela born experimental filmmaker Maria Beatty.
Maria Beatty foray into filmmaking evolved from her desire to document the performance artists, musicians, the eccentric women living in the Lower East Side NYC. Her first film, Gang of Souls (1989) explored the influence of the Beat poets on the art rock and poetry scene and featured William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Jim Carroll, Marianne Faithfull, Richard Hell, Lydia Lunch, and Henry Rollins. Beatty’s erotic works begins with a collaboration with Annie Sprinkle, Sluts and Goddesses (1992).
In 1995, Beatty wrote, directed, and produced her first erotic film. Her first film, The Elegant Spanking, was shot in black and white with no dialog. In 1997, she founded Bleu Productions and since has produced, directed, and edited over thirty lesbian and queer transgressive erotic films.
SECS will be presenting two of her works; the 1997 black and white cult film, The Black Glove, and Silken Sleeves (2004) featuring the beautiful Japanese rope bondage (shibari) of Midori. SECS Presents: The Black Glove & Silken Sleeves
Saturday April 21, 9pm The Grand Illusion Cinema
As always, tickets will go in sale 30 minutes before the show.