On March 24, the Seattle Erotica Cinema Society is proud to share out newest addition to our vintage 16mm archive, Sugar in the Raw. For the first three months of the year, the Sprocket Society has their 16mm equipment at the Grand Illusion Cinema, giving us the opportunity to share the rarities that we occasionally stumble upon on film.
Last year, we exhibited Flip Chicks (1973) with Georgina Spelvin with a couple of short “beaver films” from the late 1960s. It was so much fun being able to recreate a modern version of the grindhouse experience by showing old, faded 16mm films that likely played in the small porno theaters in the 1970s. So we’re excited to have found another relic of the 1970s, although this time this is a rare adult film that was written and directed by a porn actress, Lil Anders.
Sugar (Cindy Lynn) is hired by the mob to track down a man and make him pay in this rare Golden Age porno. Written and directed by adult film actress Lil Anders, this low budget hardcore thriller provides a feminine touch. Still following the expected tropes of the single-reel low rent porno, Sugar in the Raw distinguishes itself with a tenderness toward the protagonist giving Sugar a touch of depth and even an surprise romance. In the end, Sugar must decide if her loyalties fall with the criminal syndicate that hired her or her target, a youthful Mike Ranger, who she has developed feelings for.
CONTENT WARNING: depictions of sexual assault
*No one under 18 admitted*
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After a long hiatus, we have returned with a new event of nearly 50 year-old media.
On Tuesday, May 28, we are again teaming up with the Sprocket Society to present some old-timey dirty movies. We cannot divulge the titles as they come from private collections. But what we can say is that on May 28, we will be presenting the kind of film program that would be watched in small venues that catered to the “raincoat” crowd in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but in a larger and less seedy atmosphere.
We will be showing two short films from the 1960s, before a very low-budget 1973 feature. Personally, I have a soft-spot for the erotica of the 60s and early 70s as there’s a palpable optimism and experimental ambition to these films that have largely languished in trash bins or forgotten in attics. And the narratives that quickly became the over-used, but always amusing, tropes of pornographic films were new.
Tickets available 30min prior to show. $10 (general admission) Cash only.
Boogie down to the theater for a secret 1970s feature film with one of the foxiest far-out stars of the era. This low budget artifact captures the spirit of the months following the breakout success of Behind the Green Door and Deep Throat, when everyone was attempting to capitalize on the emergence of the Golden Age. What this film lacks in glitz and polish, more than makes up for in fun and enthusiasm. The feature will follow a selection of short nudie films that appear to be made in the time of the summer of love. All on groovy 16mm!
** No one under 18 admitted **
And finally, it is not too late to submit your erotic short film or feature length work for inclusion in SECS Fest 2019. But the Late submission deadline is this Friday. Submit today.
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.
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.