Next weekend, our partners at Indiana University have curated two days of the best of SECS Fest 2021 including two short film programs and SECS Fest Best Feature, One Last Time. Dr. David Church provides a introduction and convincing argument to not miss out on the Midwestern festival with Heat and Heart: Coming to SECS Fest Midwest.
…when we look beyond straight and narrow ideas of pornography as a cultural “bad object,” shrouded in a veil of sex-negative attitudes, then we can begin finding sexually explicit films that are as artfully made and politically engaged as any other form of cinema. Indeed, at a time when sexuality and pornography are both expected to remain behind closed doors for the sake of social respectability, there is something almost radical about opening oneself to public exhibitions of sex, finding beauty in different forms of erotic pleasure and sexual identity than one’s own.
For those not in Indiana, you can catch these programs here in Seattle at the Grand Illusion Cinema.
One one week is the shorts program, Best of SECS Fest 2021: Carnal Delights, which explores the lighter side of sex, with films themed around food, fun, friendship, and laughter. The program includes the SECS FEST 2021 Best Humor Award winner, Progressive Touch.
In April, you will be able to see the Best of SECS Fest 2021 Shorts program: Holes & Wholes. Here the more serious side of sex takes center stage, with films that use sex to think through personal, philosophical, and metaphysical issues such as trust, transformation, the natural world, and the boundaries of existence. It includes award winning shorts Hole Theory (SECS FEST 2021 Best Short), Another Beautiful Creature (SECS FEST 2021 Best Docu-Porn) and the Multiverse in the Mouth Fuck (SECS FEST 2021 Best Sex-Positive Film).
And finally in May, we will hold a screening of the SECS FEST 2021 Best Feature Winner, One Last Time. This touching meditation on sexuality and mortality stars Brigitte Lahaie (who some viewers will recall from her many appearances in 1970s European horror and adult films) as Salomé, an aging French woman who decides to end her life before society’s ageism relegates her to supposed irrelevance as an elderly person.
Upcoming Best of SECS Fest Screenings:
Friday, March 4 – Best of SECS Fest2021: Carnal Delights – 10 pm
Saturday, April 2 – Best of SECS Fest2021: Holes & Wholes – 10 pm
Saturday, May 7 – Best of SECS Fest2021: One Last Time – 10 pm
To buy tickets go to the Grand Illusion Cinema. Tickets are on sale now.
For details about SECS Fest Midwest visit SECS Fest Midwest at Indiana University Cinema.