This year, we commissioned original poster art from the brilliant Christianne Benedict . These posters should be springing up around Seattle any day now.
Also, the festival schedule of events has now been posted.Read More
The films have been selected and the final programs are being edited. Soon tickets will be on sale.
Now is a great time to buy or renew your SECS Memberships. Due to the limited number of available seats at the Grand Illusion Cinema and the fact that filmmakers and their crews will be traveling to the festival, only a small number of full-series festival passes will be available. And like last year, passes will only be available to SECS Members.
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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.”
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.
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.
Thursday, May 24 – 9 pm
Grand Illusion Cinema
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!
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.
dir. Neil Needleman
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.
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.