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!
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.
Our next film has been posted.
[box] 9-1/2 Weeks
Adrian Lyne / 1986, USA
118min / digital
A man. A Woman. And an attraction that became an obsession. Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger go on an erotic odyssey in this steamy story of a love affair where secret fantasies and desires come vividly to life on screen. Set against the high-tech backdrop of Manhattan, 9 1/2 weeks is the length of the affair between Elizabeth (a beautiful art dealer) and John (the man who becomes her lover) as they explore their sexual desires with one another. Sizzling and sexy, 9 ½ WEEKS is sure to rev up your Valentine’s eve.
DISCLOSURE: This film depicts non-negotiated D/s and non-consensual sexual situations.
Showtimes: Wednesday February 14 – 645pm
at the Grand Illusion Cinema[/box]
Originally, 9 ½ Weeks was scheduled for November and then the shocking allegations against Harvey Weinstein were dominating headlines and it seemed like an inordinately bad moment to promote a film that was surrounded by controversy at the time of it’s release due to the abuse that Kim Basinger endured on set during filming.
But we knew with our goal to examine the good, the bad, and the sometimes downright exploitative cinema that constitutes of history of sex on the silver screen that we cannot avoid problematic works. So instead of avoiding controversial cinema, we exhibit it while giving space to discuss why a work is problematic and hopefully, why we believe it is an important contribution to our monthly film series.
In 9 ½ Weeks, Elizabeth (Kim Basinger), a recently divorced art gallery assistant, keeps encountering a wealthy wall street broker, John (Mickey Rourke) until they begin a 9 ½ week long affair of erotic games of sexual domination and submission. Finally, Elizabeth must decide what she is willing to endure to be with John. And this is what makes 9 1/2 Weeks an important contribution to the genre of mainstream erotic film: In Elizabeth’s sexual awakening, the affair with John did happen to her, but overtime, she finds her own voice in the relationship and ultimately decides it’s fate. So while it is far from a perfect film, this is an erotic romance with a heroine with sexual agency.
We are still soliciting submissions for SECS FEST 2018. We are interested in seeing your erotic shorts & feature length films at our 2018 festival.
The regular submission deadline ends on February 28, so submit before the fees increase.
Submit at filmfreeway.
Thank you for a fantastic year. After our launch in July 2017, with a screening of Sex World at the Grand Illusion Cinema, we have hosted 13 film screenings and held our very first erotic film festival, SECS Fest. And without so much community support, it couldn’t have happened.
And now, we are back at work putting together film programs for 2018.
So we begin 2018 with a sexual voyage into the NYC underground art salons in Shortbus (2006), John Cameron Mitchell’s follow up to Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Sex-therapist Sophia Lin (Sook-Yin Lee) reveals in a session that she has never actually had an orgasm. And so we are brought into the sex lives of some unique characters who are also seeking connection and finally, they converge at an erotic salon hosted by Mx Justin Vivian Bond. Shortbus is, according to Variety, “unquestionably the most sexually graphic American narrative feature ever made outside the porn industry.” And John Cameron Mitchell achieved this by making a comic romance with unsimulated sex, that appreciates the humanity of the act.
So join us on January 18th for Shortbus. Note: the starting time has not yet been posted.
And finally, submissions are open for SECS FEST 2018. So spread the word and finish up those erotic films as we would love to see them at our second festival.
The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society monthly film event is this Thursday. We are so excited to present Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice on 35mm. When Roger Ebert reviewed the film, he correctly points out that “it isn’t really about wife swapping at all, but about the epidemic of moral earnestness that’s sweeping our society right now.” One reason Bob & Carol… remains relevant is that it is a sly comedy of manners about honesty in marriage. So while at times the film feels a bit dated, we still identify with Bob and Carol’s optimistic experimentation with open marriage and Ted and Alice’s discomfort with their friends’ improprieties.
So join us for an exploration of non-monogamy on the silver screen. The Stranger recommends it. And if you are still not convinced, there are all of the groovy 1960s fashions.
And for once, we are showing a completely non-explicit, Rated R, mainstream(ish) movie.
Submissions for the 2018 festival opened on Film Freeway on November 1st. However, we were in the process of transitioning the website to SECSFEST.org, so the announcement didn’t go out. Despite this minor complication, filmmakers are already finding the festival through filmfreeway.org.
So polish up that erotic film that you’ve had in the works and submit it before the end of the early bird deadline on December 1st.
We are also had at work selecting films for our monthly screenings at the Grand Illusion Cinema. While the next films have not yet been confirmed, I can say to expect the films to be a bit more mainstream and less explicit, but the film we’ve selected for November is super sexy. Hopefully, we will be able to announce the title any day now.
And we finally have a newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to receive updates in your inbox, you can subscribe now.
See you at the November event.
Now that our staff has fully recovered from our first 3 day erotic film festival, we are back at work finding erotic films to show to unsuspecting Seattle audiences. For October, we are showing Bruce LaBruce’s first foray into the under appreciated genre of gay zombie porn, Otto; Or, Up with Dead People.
October 30th, 6:45 pm, Grand Illusion Cinema
[box] OTTO; OR, UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE
Written and Directed by Bruce LaBruce
94 minutes “One of the more disciplined entries in the LaBruce oeuvre, Otto is sexy and silly in just the right proportions, a cult item with a real heart.” – New York Times
Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis. He wanders the streets of the city, never sleeping, until one day he auditions for a zombie film. The director, an eccentric bohemian, begins making a film about Otto, while simultaneously shooting a film about a gay zombie revolt against consumerist society. As the final, orgiastic scene of the film is being shot, Otto struggles to access the human emotions buried beneath his zombie exterior, including memories of his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf.
Toying with genre conventions, Bruce LaBruce combines different media, including a humorous film-within-the-film, while creating a new, sexy, hyper-politicized zombie mythology in OTTO; OR; UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE. Bruce LaBruce is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer hailing from Toronto, Canada. He helped launch the so-called Homocore or Queercore movement with the production of homo punk fanzines and Super 8 movies. Many of LaBruce’s films have become cult favs including HUSTLER WHITE and THE RASPBERRY REICH. Often using pornography as a starting point to examine sexual politics and homosexual radicalism, LaBruce’s films push boundaries and genres. His most recent films include REFUGEE’S WELCOME and THE MISANDRISTS.
**No one under 18 will be admitted**[/box]
And if you need more convincing, here is the curiously totally un-explicit trailer. Yes, this is an adult film with plenty of plot and character development.