Submissions for SECS FEST 2020 open on November 18!
SECS FEST 2020 will held in September at the Grand Illusion Cinema.
Want your film to be included in the festival? We accept films of nearly any running-time and genre that have a focus on human sexuality and relationships. To learn more our submission guidelines can be found here at https://www.secsfest.org/secs-fest/submissions/ or on our submission page at filmfreeway.com.
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!
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.
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.