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
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.
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.
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.
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.”