The curve appears to have flattened so we are optimistic that by September, SECS FEST 2020 can happen. But as we haven’t been able to hold our scheduled screenings, we need to find another avenue to raise the $1200 needed for SECS FEST 2020.
Two ways you can help us reach our $1200 fundraising goal.
First, our March event is cancelled due to the Seattle-area coronavirus outbreak. So there will not be a screening of Sugar in the Raw on March 24. As we are following city guidelines and not holding any public events.
Due to this, it is unlikely that we will be able to hold any events in the coming months. These events are essential in order to raise the funds needed to put on our annual erotic film festival in September. At this time, we are planning to hold our festival on September 11-13, but will need your generous donations. So please consider becoming a SECS member ($50/year) or making a tax-deductible donation.
Due to the current outbreak, movie theaters are closed, including the Grand Illusion, and even the Seattle International Film Festival has been cancelled for 2020. You may additionally want to support our local film communities so that once the outbreak has subsided, we still have these Seattle institutions to enjoy for years to come.
And to support you during this time of restricted movement, you can still watch erotic films from home. Scarecrow video has put into action rental strategies to help you rent movies with little to no risk of contracting COVID19.
Some recommended titles available at Scarecrow:
Check out the queer, fetish films of Maria Beatty – Post-Apocalyptic Cowgirls (2009) is a great choice for the season
They have nearly all of Bruce la Bruce’s filmography including the gay zombie movie, Otto (2008), the Raspberry Reich (2004) or even his soft-core romance Gerontophilia (2013)
All of the works by erotic master, Radley Metzger like:
The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann (1974)
Barbara Broadcast (1977)
Lickerish Quartet (1970)
Or you could purchase DVDs of the archival selections we’ve played at the Grand Illusion from Vinegar Syndrome including The Sensually Liberated Female (1970), Bijou (1972), Matinee Idol (1984), and SexWorld (1978).
So stay calm, watch lots of porn at home and remember to frequently wash your hands and reduce social contacts until we get through this.
Submissions are currently open, but the early bird deadline (December 13) is quickly approaching. You can find more information on submission deadlines either on our submissions page or at filmfreeway.com.
We cannot wait to see your erotic film!
And today is Giving Tuesday!
As a non-profit, the Seattle Erotica Cinema Society depends upon your generosity to be able to hold our annual erotic film festival, SECS FEST. Without your support, we could not exist.
While it was a smaller festival this year, only filling a day with erotic films, I was thrilled to see so many happy cinema-goers having a great time.
We were terrible at photographing all of the shenanigans this year to spread all over social media, but we still captured a few moments.
Logan Fry, director of RO-BOOB: THE FARTING ROBOT MONSTER made the journey to the festival and posed for a few photo ops outside of the Grand Illusion. He also agreed to talk about his film after the OUT OF THIS WORLD SHORTS.
I spoke to quite a few of you who really enjoyed and connected with the only feature length film in the festival, (W/HOLE) from queer feminist porn collective AORTA Films. Actually, the majority of the feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive.
The festival is also the time when we get to meet and talk with many of our new SECS Members, who kindly donate to the festival.
After our fetish oriented shorts program, KINK & CAKE, SECS volunteers tracked down some actual cake to serve after the program and as a historic thunder storm raged outside. Our final shorts program of the festival, LOVE LESSONS, was even periodically interrupted as the storm kept threatening to knock out our power. But the show went on!
And finally, thank you to our dedicated volunteers who worked all day and well into the night. Without you and our dedicated audience, SECS FEST couldn’t exist.
Now that SECS FEST 2019 is finished, it is time to begin the process of fundraising for SECS FEST 2020 with the return of our monthly film at the Grand Illusion Cinema. October is a particularly challenging month to program as there aren’t many good erotic scary movies that fit the Grand Illusion’s October programming. So we welcomed the Grand Illusion’s assistance in finding a title for October.
On October 12 & 16 we are co-presenting the West German cult film NEKRomantik (1987). This is a low budget horror film with a reputation for being shocking and profoundly disturbing. While we don’t totally agree with the film’s reputation, instead finding it to be a campy gore fest with some explicit sex, it is definitely a departure from the sex-positive films we like to champion. So we will include a few content warnings with this selection, although the title provides a major clue as to the problematic content.
NEKRomantic – Saturday, October 12 – 10 pm – Grand Illusion Cinema
NEKRomantic – Wednesday, October 16 – 9 pm – Grand Illusion Cinema
For SECS Fest 2019, we have a full day of cinematic offerings including three short film programs and one feature length queer, experimental erotic work. I’m confident that you will find the films that hit your personal sweet spot.
First, at 2pm on September 7th is our shorts program OUT OF THIS WORLD shorts. Spend 90 minutes in magical fantasy land of erotic explorations of encounters with witches, extraterrestrial life, and other worldly sensuality. There’s a short depicting an erotic extraterrestrial first contact, a coming of age story of gender switch, Princess Leia cosplay, and even a robot monster looking for love.
Then at 4:30 pm, I am excited to be screening the 90 minute feature film from AORTA Films, (W/HOLE).
“At turns lush, humorous, sincere, erotic, joyful, and intense, (W/HOLE) forsakes traditional expectations of porn to create an unexpectedly textured landscape of desire. Amidst ecstatic water balloon fights, opulent feasts devoured without utensils, narrations of pleasure, lewd hand gestures, densely scored orgies, improvisational performance, and intense kink dynamics, (W/HOLE) proposes a new type of pornography: a world of queer sex that is at once surreally lush and intensely real. The film celebrates queer pleasure as a type of queer resistance, while inviting viewers of all identities towards their own human capacity for pleasure.”
If you are looking for body-diverse queer feminist film that isn’t afraid to break boundaries, (W/HOLE) would be my first choice.
If you are looking for something a little darker and more forbidden with a splash or two of humor, KINK & CAKE might be just the treat you seek.
75 minutes of films focused on fetishes and deserts. Bondage, BDSM, ‘Sissy’ training, tattoos, and more served with a slice of metaphorical cake.
Tickets are only $12 / $10 (SECS Members) – Buy Now
Finally at 9pm, I am pleased to end the 2019 festival with LOVE LESSONS, a 90 minute shorts program that explores the human condition with humor and messages of self love, acceptance, and plenty of paint.
Find a short documentary about putting on a penis costume to spread sex-positivity, a first time, a relationship end, threesome negotiations, and the wonderful act of self-love. These films seek honesty and communication along with a fun retro public-service announcement from our friends at Spark Erotic.
And if you can’t pick just one, we also have passes available to SECS Members that grant admission to all four programs. And now becoming a Seattle Erotica Cinema Society Member is even easier. Just make a $50 donation at our new member Click and Pledge site and you will not only receive the secret code to allow you to purchase a pass, but you will receive discounts at all of our events held throughout the year.