A night of very old erotic movies, on 16mm film


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.

Help the CSPC open their new space

While the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society is busy trying to put the finishing touches on the April 28th event, I wanted to take a moment to support our parent organization, the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture.
About 6 months ago, they moved out of their original location and had to search for a new space. As Seattle is in the middle of a building boom, it wasn’t easy to find a building to lease, but they have, but must renovate the building before they can officially move in. And as a result are in need of funding in order to move forward and bring their offices and the library for sex-positive culture out of storage at to it’s new home.
Please consider supporting their newly launched crowd funding campaign as the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society wouldn’t exist without their continued support.


And while the entire program for our next screening at the Grand Illusion Cinema hasn’t been finalized, I can tell you that it will include a selection of rare nudie films from the prohibition era. Not only will there be short films of disrobed flappers, but a selection of animated dirty movies from different eras.
So keep you eyes peeled for the final details on our March 28th event, in collaboration with the Sprocket Society.

 


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.
 

The Long Haul to Open Submissions

The Long Haul Live
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.”

Barbara Broadcast
Barbara Broadcast