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.
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.
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See you at the November event.
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.
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.
- Receive our monthly newsletter
- 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 SearchShine Louise Houston /2017, USA61 Minutes, DigitalThe Seattle Erotic Cinema Society & PinkLabel.TV presentTHE 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 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.
It was fantastic meeting so many fans of classic adult film at our screening of Radley Metzger’s 1977 classic, Barbara Broadcast. And it was a surprise to find a lovely poster for the event in the Grand Illusion lobby.
For those curious to learn more about the film, the distribpix DVD contains hours of bonus materials including commentary tracks, interviews, slideshows, a booklet of essays, and more. It is a really nice release.
The Rialto Report spent 80 minutes discussing Barbara Broadcast with porn scholar Laura Marks, and actors Peter Andrews (the waiter) and Michael Guant (the business man with a lunchtime appointment).
Watch for the announcement of our December screening of The Passions of Carol (1975).
We had a fantastic time brining Thundercrack to Seattle audiences last week, but tomorrow, we are helping with the final screening at Twist: Seattle’s Queer Film Festival – The Long Haul Live. We will have a table where you can talk to us about the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society and our annual festival, SECS Fest. All while supporting queer film and enjoying a film about local male entertainers.
Tickets for the Long Haul Live, 8 pm November 1 at the Egyptian.
Also happening on November 1st, we will be accepting submissions for SECS Fest. So finish your films and get them ready for our eyes and if you submit before December 16th, submission fees are only $10 for short films and $20 for features.
If you are wondering what kinds of original film projects we are considering:
- Films of any length may be submitted.
- There are no genre restrictions. Films may be documentary, experimental, narrative, animated, etc.
- There are no restrictions based on explicit sexual content, except that depicted sex-acts are between consenting adults (18 years-old or over).
- Beyond that, you should decide what qualifies as an erotic film and share it with us.
Our next screening at the Grand Illusion Cinema is coming soon. Make sure to put Barbara Broadcast, 7pm Monday November 14th on your calendar. You won’t want to miss Barbara Broadcast, “playful, funny and beautifully made film for grownups, a celebration of carnality and earthly delights shot with an artist’s eye for composition and set to an excellent score.”
On Saturday, a trailer truck crashed into the awning of the Egyptian theater. This has resulted in a few changes to the Seattle lesbian and gay film festival as many of the screenings that were to be held at the Egyptian this week are being moved across the street to the Broadway Performance Hall. But the big news is that the Long Haul Live, that was originally scheduled for tonight, has been rescheduled.
We will still be co-presenting the Long Haul Live, but now it will be 8 pm, November 1st at the Egyptian.
The Long Haul Live – tickets
Don’t despair over the delay because we have an even more outrageous event scheduled for next Tuesday – 7pm, October 25th – Curt McDowell and George Kuchar’s dark house comic horror bisexual porn flick, THUNDERCRACK!