I’m pleased to announce that SECS Fest 2017 has a completed and downright provocative 48 seconds of titillation.
In addition to this general festival produced video, director Anne Hu has released a SECS Fest specific trailer for her charming and hilarious short film, CAKE.
Tickets are on sale now!
And here’s a clip from our Friday night archival films, Matinee Idol. The assistant cinematographer will be attending to answer all of your questions about how the films during the golden age of pornography were made.
And finally, while I’m posting a bunch of videos to spark interest in Seattle Erotic Cinema Society upcoming events, we are also showing a French, soft-core erotic horror movie for our August event. Girl Slave of Morgana Le Fay is a seductive dreamily beautiful film that shouldn’t be missed.
I’m excited that we have one final event before our weekend long, erotic film festival, SECS Fest, September 8 – 10.
The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society is teaming up with Mondo Macabro to present the erotic European lesbian horror film, Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay – 9 pm, Tuesday August 29th at our favorite theater, the Grand Illusion Cinema.
GIRL SLAVES OF MORGANA LE FAY
Director: Bruno Gantillon
**Co-Presented with MONDO MACABRO**
Driving in their car through France one summer, two young girls, Anna & Francoise, find themselves trapped in the kingdom of the mythic Morgana, Queen of the Witches.
Ever since Merlin taught her his skills centuries ago, Morgana has gone on living by obtaining the souls of the young women who pass through her kingdom. In exchange, she gives the captives who agree to her pact eternal youth and beauty. Those who refuse her grow old and ugly in the dungeons of her castle.
A classic of softcore erotic horror, GIRL SLAVES OF MORGANA LE FAY is beautifully shot. Beware the magical enrapturement – Morgana does not take well to refusal.
*No one under 18 admitted*
Grand Illusion’s box office open 30 minutes before showtime
CASH or check only
After a three month hiatus, the screening of The Wild Search, from Feminist porn auteur Shine Louise Houston was a sexy good time.
At the event, we launched the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society Membership Program and documented the sale of our first membership. SECS membership is only $50 per year and comes with a long list of benefits;
Reduced admission to monthly screenings at the Grand Illusion Cinema ($5 instead of $9). Member price may vary at other venues.
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Discounts on SECS FEST event tickets
Discounts on Seattle Erotic Art Festival tickets
Advance access to festival box office
And most important, SECS members will not only get advance access to our festival box office, but due to their limited number, FULL-SERIES PASSES will be only be available to members. BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!
Also, our SECS FEST website is in the process of being updated to include festival dates, locations, schedule, and all of the other pertinent information, but many of the details on the films that will be at the festival are already listed.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars as SECS FEST is approaching. Tickets will be on sale later in the month.
The first bit of exciting news is that we have a film scheduled for July. PinkLabel.tv is co-presenting the innovative and very funny queer/lesbian porn flick, The Wild Search. As always, it will be at the Grand Illusion Cinema, 9pm – Thursday July 27th. $9 (cash only). As always, this is an adults only event; 18 and over.
The Wild Search
Shine Louise Houston /2017, USA
61 Minutes, Digital
The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society & PinkLabel.TV present
THE WILD SEARCH is a tour-de-force of queer women and genderqueer sex, the ultimate pomo-homo-porno. Hilariously staged as a documentary within a documentary, the film is director Shine Louise Houston’s answer to the age-old question: What do lesbians do in bed?
The basic premise is clever and used to very funny effect. A documentary film crew follows around another documentary film crew as they attempt to film the mating habits of San Francisco lesbians. So THE WILD SEARCH is a (fake) documentary about a (fake) documentary about real (and perceived) lesbians… Follow all that? Imagine one of those National Geographic programs, with cameras watching lions from the distance, only instead of lions, they´re watching lesbians. The fundamental joke is that the people having sex don´t notice the camera crew in their apartment or in the bar, and there´s a really funny bit of business with a “decoy lesbian,” a mannequin dressed up and sent out to attract the natives. It´s a very funny mockumentary, but there´s nothing mock about the sex. Don´t miss it.
2007 Feminist Porn Awards Winner, “Best Trans Sex Scene”
2008 Cinekink NYC Official Selection
“Shine Louise Houston, who comes at her work from the perspective of a queer woman of color, says that ‘The sex is the compelling story,’ but nevertheless adds ‘Showing different gender identities, sexual proclivities, different body types, skin colors — that’s all on the agenda.'” – Nikko Snyder, Bitch Magazine
Also, we will be launching our membership program on July 27th. You will be able to purchase memberships in person at the screening of The Wild Search. We plan to be capable to accepting membership fees via credit card. You can read all about memberships under the Support tab.
Our most exciting news is that we’ve made the final selections for the launch of our annual erotic film festival, SECS FEST 2017. There will be at least 4 features, 2 shorts programs, and 2 archival films. Our website will contain all of the information on the films and how tickets and passes may be purchased once we’ve finalized the programs.
Thanks to all who attend our movie nights. Tuesday March 28 was truly a special evening for those curious about the long history of sexuality in movies. SECS partnered with Spencer Sundell of the Sprocket Society and Lisa Petrucci of Something Weird to explore some early examples of erotic film.
And the audience did get an authentic film experience. As the majority of the program was films from the 1920s and film is an ephemeral medium, there were technical difficulties as one of the films had become too degraded to project. But such is life when working with old 16mm films, but we did get a glimpse of Uncle Si and his magical television before the film failed.
We also viewed a great example of a stag film, i.e. the short, usually silent pornographic films produced illegally and exhibited in private settings to all male audiences. We also had a very early animated film, but most of the early erotic films were non-explicit and were produced by Cine-Art Productions. Likely under the guise of being “art films”, these films were likely sold on 16mm to the home market, which began to emerge in the late 1920s. Although, it is also possible that they were played in coin operated peep show booths.
We also were able to show some later animated films from the 1970s and even a Walt Disney sex-education film.
Thanks again to all that attended. We will do this again in a month.
Next Tuesday (7 pm March 28), SECS is teaming up with The Sprocket Society to present a collection of rare nudie films. Included are comedic films from the 1920s featuring flappers that can’t seem to keep their clothes on. There are also films of scantily clad young women performing ethnic dances, some very x-rated cartoons, and we’ve even found a stag film from the 1930s. All of the films are curtesy of The Sprocket Society and Something Weird Video and all are presented in 16mm.
Don’t miss this unusual event. Due in part to the ephemeral nature of the medium of motion pictures and the lack of archives devoted to the preservation of adult cinema, the films included in our 16MM SMUT SHOW are likely to never be shown again. So you won’t want to miss out on the adventures of Eveready Harton or Uncle Si’s mysterious TV programs.
It should be noted that these films are examples of erotica from another era. These films are heteronormative and not at all politically correct. There are examples of sexism, racism, and even animated beastiality. The films will be preceded by a short talk to give some historical background.
In other SECS news, Friday is the last day to submit a film for our September Erotic Film Festival, SECS FEST.
And you can donate to the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society. Any donation will go towards our fall erotic film festival that we need you help to make a success. SECS is a nonprofit, 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made on the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture’s SquareUp page, just look for SECS.
On this 14th day of February, I’m excited to announce that the details of our February event have been finalized.
On Wednesday, February 22,the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society is co-presenting with the fantastic vintage film distributor Distribpix, Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle.
Annie Sprinkle has appeared in around 200 films including both hard and soft-core pornography, loops, documentaries, and even appeared on several episodes of HBO’s Real Sex. Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle (1981) she co-directed with veteran sexploitation director Joseph Sarno, which became the highest grossing porno of 1981.
Unquestionably Annie Sprinkle’s finest film, “Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle”, represents one of the best examples of the golden age of adult entertainment. A stellar early example of “docu-porn”, Annie combines her trademark sexual kinkiness and taboo-defying sexual fantasies to produce some of the most memorable erotic scenes recorded on film.
Made with legendary director Joe Sarno and featuring the legendary Ron Jeremy in one of his earliest roles, Annie presents a personal account of her life introducing vignettes showing off her unbelievable sexual fantasies.
An all time fan favorite, Video X Pix is proud to present the full uncut, uncensored version.
Today Annie Sprinkle is no longer making adult movies, but instead focuses on creating performance art and teaching sexuality.
The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society has only existed for 6 months and already, thanks to the support of film fans and our dedicated volunteers, we’ve hosted six screenings and have received numerous film submissions for our September film festival, SECS Fest. So tonight, in the first days of 2017, I am feeling immense gratitude to those who donated their time and money to turn the idea of creating a space to seriously appreciate and discuss the most controversial and demonized of genres, the porno flick.
For January, we have selected a film from porn auteur, Anthony Spinelli (Sex World). This time around, Spinelli pays homage to the Bogart/Bacall noir films of the 1940s complete with dangerous femme fatales and a hardboiled detective with a dead dame in his office. Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star is the rare X-rated film that boasts big budgets, fantastic period costuming, and even some damn fine acting. As always, we are showing the hardcore cut of the film, although Spinelli released a soft version, It’s Called Murder, Baby.
So please join us for Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star at 9pm on Saturday, January 21 at the Grand Illusion Cinema. Tickets are $9 (cash only) and go on sale approximately 30 minutes prior to the show.
We are still accepting submission for our first International, erotic film festival, SECS Fest. The next submission deadline is January 27, so get your film finished before fees increase.
Thanks for supporting our holiday movie, the 1970s porno-chic oddity The Passions of Carol which stands out for adapting Charles Dickens for the adult movie audience. This is a particularly unusual choice since Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is decidedly anti-capitalism in favor of the joy of traditional family values, i.e. heteronormative marriage and children. So it is downright bizarre to find a porn flick that espouses traditional family values over those sold by the the adult industry, those of sexual autonomy and sexual commerce.
And to help fill attendees Christmas stockings, we held our first raffle of some fantastic donated items including a book on making erotic home movies, a tin of caramels, a $25 gift certificate for Scarecrow Video and an erotic string art project. Thanks to all that participated in the raffle and I hope the prizes are being enjoyed.
And finally, the Friday is the end of the early bird period for film submissions for SECS FEST 2017.
For the holiday season, it seemed appropriate to celebrate with a Shaun Costello’s pornographic adaptation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, The Passions of Carol, simply because it is amazing that someone to made an adult Christmas film.
Jeremy Richey calls the film “One of the key works from legendary adult-auteur Shaun Costello, The Passions of Carol (1975) is among the strangest and most effective films of its kind ever made. Shot on 16 mm, for less than 20,000 dollars over a two-week period in late 1975, The Passions of Carol is Costello’s quite startling and extremely entertaining updating of Charles Dicken’s timeless A Christmas Carol, only it is quite unlike any other film version of it ever released” Read the full review.
As always, The Passions of Carol will screen at the Grand Illusion Cinema on Saturday, December 10th, 9pm. Tickets are $9 (cash only).
We will be having a raffle before the show so bring a few extra dollars for an opportunity to win an amazing erotic string art project, or other fine potential holiday gifts.
And SECS FEST submissions are open. Get your films submitted before our December 16, early bird deadline as submission fees will increase.