Documentary film about Indian sex columnist

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Monthly screening, Uncategorized |

We are doing something a bit different for our July film event. Instead of showing an erotic feature film or a piece of classic pornography, we are showing a documentary film; a documentary film about sex!

Our mission as a sex-positive organization, is to bring to topic of sexuality out of the shadows and into a dark theater for all to see and discuss, with the hope that we are helping to make the subject a little less taboo. So when we stumbled upon a film about an Indian physician, Dr. Mahinder Watsa, who was doing the same thing in a place where people are even more misinformed about human sexuality due to cultural taboos, we had to include the film in our monthly series.

“Ask the Sexpert is a feature length documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai. Despite sex being a taboo topic in India, the column’s brand of non-moralistic advice and humor has emboldened many to write in with their questions. The columnist gains popularity even while a ban on comprehensive sex education in schools is adopted by approximately a third of India’s states.”

Ask the Sexpert

Vaishali Sinha / 2017, India-USA 83min / digital

Thursday, July 12 at 7 pm Grand Illusion Cinema Tickets: $9 (General Admission), $5 (members) – cash only

 

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May Movies

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Monthly screening, submissions |

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

Advance tickets

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!

 

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The Seattle Erotic Art Festival

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in SEAF |

This weekend, April 27 – 29, is the Seattle Erotic Art Festival.

And for the first time, the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society has provided a film for exhibition at SEAF. So if you attend the Art festival, make sure to look for the film kiosk as if  you peek inside, you will see Neil Needleman’s experimental work that was included in Sexperimental Short Films at SECS FEST 2017.

Cellular Activity: BEDTIME STORIES

dir. Neil Needleman

6 min

Bedtime Stories is part of Needleman’s ongoing Cellular Activity series, videos that are based on looped “cells” that evolve and transform, usually on a single-frame level. In this film, hardcore porn footage, mostly derived from old VHS tapes, was used to create the visually more rhythmic short composed of repeated images of the thrusting and heaving motions that is explicitly on display in pornography.

So if you missed the film at SECS FEST 2018, you can see the  silent version of the film all weekend at the Art Festival. Actually, Neil intended the film to be viewed as part of a gallery exhibition and the soundtrack was added for SECS FEST.

In addition to the art festival, SECS has another event coming up, a co-presentation with Something Weird and the American Genre Film Archive.

Take It Out In Trade (1970)

d. Ed Wood

Thursday, May 24, 9pm at the Grand Illusion Cinema

You won’t want to miss this silly sexploitation flick from the notorious B-movie shlock director.

 

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Maria Beatty’s Erotic Noir

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Monthly screening |

Tomorrow we will be showing two beautifully made erotic films from Venezuelan filmmaker Maria Beatty. Founder of Bleu Productions, her work explores lesbian sexuality and fetishism and we will be showing two film exploring BDSM and bondage, The Black Glove and Silken Sleeves.

In preparing for tomorrow’s event, SECS has stumbled upon a couple of very relevant videos. Before Maria Beatty invented the new genre “erotic noir”, she was photographing New York City musicians and performance artists. And in the early 1990s, she worked with Annie Sprinkle to create The Sluts & Goddesses Video Workshop, or How to be a Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps.

So we’re hold a SECS FEST 2018 Fundraiser. We are still short funds for renting the festival venue, acquiring the rights to the films in our archival program, advertising the festival, etc.

So these fantastic videos will be raffled on Saturday. Raffle tickets start at only $2.

You might also consider purchasing a SECS FEST lapel pin or stickers.

And memberships are only $50 and get you exclusive access to festival full series passes..

The Black Glove & Silken Sleeves

dir. Maria Beatty

Saturday April 20 – 9pm

Grand Illusion Cinema

 

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Coming to Seattle, works from erotic auteur Maria Beatty

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Monthly screening |

We are excited to announce that SECS will be able to screen two erotic works from the Venezuela born experimental filmmaker Maria Beatty.

Maria Beatty foray into filmmaking evolved from her desire to document the performance artists, musicians, the eccentric women living in the Lower East Side NYC. Her first film, Gang of Souls (1989)  explored the influence of the Beat poets on the art rock and poetry scene and featured  William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Jim Carroll, Marianne Faithfull, Richard Hell, Lydia Lunch, and Henry Rollins. Beatty’s erotic works begins with a collaboration with Annie Sprinkle, Sluts and Goddesses (1992).

In 1995, Beatty wrote, directed, and produced her first erotic film. Her first film, The Elegant Spanking, was shot in black and white with no dialog. In 1997, she founded Bleu Productions and since has produced, directed, and edited over thirty lesbian and queer transgressive erotic films.

SECS will be presenting two of her works; the 1997 black and white cult film, The Black Glove, and Silken Sleeves (2004) featuring the beautiful Japanese rope bondage (shibari) of Midori.

SECS Presents: The Black Glove & Silken Sleeves

Saturday April 21, 9pm

The Grand Illusion Cinema

As always, tickets will go in sale 30 minutes before the show.

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