Directed by Stephen Sayadian (aka Rinse Dream)
TRT: 79 minutes
Introduction by David Church, PhD*
Stephen Sayadian, who used the pseudonym Rinse Dream for his explicit films, is a successful artistic director. Formerly the creative director of Hustler magazine, Sayadian has also created memorable posters for films such as Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill, Tobe Hooper’s Funhouse, and Carpenter’s Escape from New York and The Fog. Nightdreams was Sayadian’s first feature. Though its off-the-wall charisma was ill received at the box office, Nightdreams as well as Cafe Flesh and Dr. Caligari, have become cult favs. Sayadian continues to work in television and film. One of his more recent projects Playing Lynch, involved John Malkovich playing different Lynch characters for the David Lynch Foundation.
NIGHTDREAMS follows the erotic dreams of Mrs. Van Houten, who is being observed by a medical team for “erotic trauma”. Through several dream vignettes, we are taken into Van Houten’s darker fantasies that span the breadth of cowgirl threesomes to a human-sized Cream of Wheat man. As an avant-garde hardcore film, NIGHTDREAMS is visually riveting throughout. Each bizarre dream sequence is uniquely mesmerizing. Sayadian’s creative direction – costumes, set design, sound editing – is a marvel. With elements of horror, sci-fi and surrealism, NIGHTDREAMS is unlike any other explicit film you’ve ever seen.
*Dr. David Church is a Lecturer of Cinema Studies at Northern Arizona University, where he specializes in genre studies, gender/sexuality studies, taste cultures, and histories of film exhibition and distribution. His books include Disposable Passions: Vintage Pornography and the Material Legacies of Adult Cinema (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) and Grindhouse Nostalgia: Memory, Home Video, and Exploitation Film Fandom (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).
*No one under 18 admitted*
THE TRAINING OF POE
Directed by Bella Vendetta
An immersive trans lesbian BDSM documentary, THE TRAINING OF POE, follows the three day slave training of Chelsea Poe with Dominatrix Mistress Vendetta in the mountains of Massachusetts.
Bella Vendetta is a professional and lifestyle Dominatrix of 15 years training and experience. She had formal training at the world’s oldest BDSM training chateau, La Domaine Esemar, first as a submissive before fully realizing her potential as a Domina. Bella Vendetta is also an internationally published fetish model, award winning adult film star, internationally published writer, and a college level sex educator. As a veteran of the adult industry, Vendetta uses her experience and skill to make artistics fetish films.
*No one under 18 admitted*
Directed by Amy Oden
Dotted with palm trees and coral reefs, Guam is United States territory where military men and Japanese tourists abound. A seemingly perfect backdrop for a strip club, the island should sound ideal to any girl coming from Portland, Atlanta or Anchorage to work as an exotic dancer.
But is it? EXOTIC foregrounds the stories of workers, as they discuss this fluid and secretive world. Get a glimpse into the history of sex work on Guam and how for some women its a jumping point and for others a last stop.Though EXOTIC’s focus is in Guam, it brings attention to sex work in general.
Q&A Skype with director Amy Oden after screening!
*No one under 18 admitted*
IT’S COMPLICATED Shorts Program (65 minutes)
“It’s Complicated” is a fantastic description of sexual relationships in the 21st Century. These shorts look at modeling consent, non-traditional relationships, what happens between the sheets, and even what comes after a relationship ends…with music videos.
Films in this shorts program include:
HOW TO DATE COUPLES
Directed by Sonny Monroe
A spoof on educational films from the 50s, Mark and Kelly narrate us through the mysterious world of open relationships in search of the perfect couple to date.
F*CK YES: FINGERS
Directed by Emily Best
“F*ck Yes” is a modern sex ed series focused on improving communication (and sex) between consenting adults.
BE MY FIRST
Directed by Philippe McKie
A young Japanese girl riding the train posts a message from her phone to an online thread:
‘I’m a high-school student and I’m a virgin, does anyone want to pay to be my first? It has to be tonight’
Directed by Aron Kantor
Taking equal inspiration from the 1970s gay leather/S&M world and the universe of choreographer Bob Fosse, a ‘Leather Daddy’ enters a dungeon where he whips the patrons into a kinky, sexually charged dance frenzy.
LEAVING THE GHOST BOAT
Directed by Alexandre Perrier
A musical ode to pony play.
Directed by Ingrid Lanzenberg
Unable to bear the idea that her affair is truly over, Jules begins a quest in self-destruction; seeking out absurd and degrading experiences in the attempt to forget and feel alive again.
Directed by Ms. Naughty
A powerful statement about disability, sexuality and visual depictions of female eroticism.
OH BOY: EPISODE 3, JAMES
Directed by Damien Moreau
Meet James Darling a pornographer from Los Angeles. Today is his birthday and his friend got him the perfect gift…
HOUSE OF AIR
Directed by Brian & Karl Eccleston
United Kingdom, 2017
Parodying instructional videos of the 1970s while at the same time exploring the clash between coded and explicit representations of gay sex.
*No one under 18 admitted*
Closing Night Program
Directed by Erika Lust
Feature film will be preceded by the short film SHAPESHIFTERS by David Bloom.
Part Three of the Sex & Space Trilogy, SHAPESHIFTERS (Germany, 2016) is a dance film with porn stars. Jiz Lee, Gala Vanting, Kay Garnellen, Bishop Black, & Jasko Fide talk about their performance practice in tandem with contemporary dance improv tasks in this experimental documentary. (21 min)
Erika Lust’s series XConfessions, takes real women’s fantasies and recreates them on the screen. FEMINIST SUBMISSIVE stemmed from Maybe’s submitted fantasy:
“I see myself as a feminist. I like to challenge people on their opinions even if they are just a little bit sexist. I care about showing off my female sexuality, and I wish that this was more accepted in our society. My boyfriend probably thinks I would like to dominate a man and overrule him with my female sexuality. But my dirtiest fantasy is actually to BE dominated by man.
A random man who is so attracted by my female sexual expression that he can’t resist me. He would grab my filthy ass really hard and tell me that he is going to fuck me no matter what I say. He goes under my skirt and starts to eat my pussy, still with my panties on, while he tells me how much he loves my wet pussy and how much he’s wanted it for a long time. He will rip off my clothes and talk very dirty and harsh to me. He will lead the whole act, and I will enjoy being thrown around by a man who knows what he wants. There will be spanking, ass licking, pussy eating, dick sucking and a lot of sex poses that he demands. It will be very intense and in the end I will feel blown away as we both lie down sweaty and exhausted.”
Watch as Lina Bembe and Owen Gray bring Maybe’s fantasy to life beginning with a conversation between both actors about consent, limits, and boundaries. FEMINIST SUBMISSIVE then delves into a round table conversation with feminists Viktoria Vaar, Silvia Rubi, Lina Bembe and the director herself to discuss what it means to be a feminist submissive. Part fiction, part documentary; FEMINIST SUBMISSIVE is sure to ignite sex-positive conversation after the screening… and perhaps some play later at home. (49 min)
Following both films will be a short introduction to S&M play presented by Allena Gabosch.
*No one under 18 admitted*
OTTO; OR, UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE
Written and Directed by Bruce LaBruce
“One of the more disciplined entries in the LaBruce oeuvre, Otto is sexy and silly in just the right proportions, a cult item with a real heart.” – New York Times
Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis. He wanders the streets of the city, never sleeping, until one day he auditions for a zombie film. The director, an eccentric bohemian, begins making a film about Otto, while simultaneously shooting a film about a gay zombie revolt against consumerist society. As the final, orgiastic scene of the film is being shot, Otto struggles to access the human emotions buried beneath his zombie exterior, including memories of his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. Toying with genre conventions, Bruce LaBruce combines different media, including a humorous film-within-the-film, while creating a new, sexy, hyperpoliticized zombie mythology in OTTO; OR; UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE.
Bruce LaBruce is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer hailing from Toronto, Canada. He helped launch the so-called Homocore or Queercore movement with the production of homo punk fanzines and Super 8 movies. Many of LaBruce’s films have become cult favs including HUSTLER WHITE and THE RASPBERRY REICH. Often using pornography as a starting point to examine sexual politics and homosexual radicalism, LaBruce’s films push boundaries and genres. His most recent films include REFUGEE’S WELCOME and THE MISANDRISTS.
**No one under 18 will be admitted**
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Paul Mazursky / 1969, USA
105min / 35mm
Taking sharp, right-on satirical jabs at the late-’60s vogue for wife-swapping and the spouting of vague psycho-babble, this notorious (in its time) sex comedy, set in California, tells the story of four friends who decide to cut loose and experiment with sexual freedom. Bob and Carol consider themselves a free-thinking modern couple in step with the times. Both freely see other lovers and even smoke a little dope. Their closest friends are the stuffy Ted and Alice who cannot understand the free-wheeling ways of Bob and Carol who in turn cannot understand why Ted and Alice are always so uptight. The erotic hijinks begin when the four friends attend a special sex workshop and decide to try their hands at a foursome.
For more info on the venue, go to The Grand Illusion Cinema.
Presented by Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
John Cameron Mitchell / 2006, USA
101min / 35mm
From the director of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ comes SHORTBUS, an exploration into the lives of several characters living in New York as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and (unsimulated) sex. Male and female, straight and gay, the characters find one another – and eventually find themselves – when they all converge at a weekly underground salon called “Shortbus,” a mad world of art, music, politics, and polysexual carnality.
SHOWTIMES: Thursday, January 18 – 7 pm @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Adrian Lyne / 1986, USA
118min / digital
A man. A Woman. And an attraction that became an obsession. Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger take you on an erotic odyssey in this steamy story of a love affair that breaks every sexual taboo. Director Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction) creates “the most sexualized relationship seen in years” (Vanity Fair) in a lushly photographed rendition of secret fantasies and desires that come vividly to life on screen. Set against the high-tech backdrop of Manhattan, 9 1/2 Weeks is the length of the affair between Elizabeth, a beautiful art dealer, and John, the man who becomes her lover and changes irrevocably the course of her life. After a tantalizing initial encounter, John charts the course of their sensual journey together in a deadly serious game of sexual dominance, unlocking the door to hidden dreams, pain and ecstasy.
THE BLACK GLOVE\SILKEN SLEEVES
Two lesbian fetish films by Maria Beatty (Bleu Productions)
THE BLACK GLOVE
Maria Beatty (USA, 1996)
Imagine a kinky Louise Brooks, a sadistic Marlene Dietrich…
Reminiscent of the silent film era, a brooding aura of total sexual abandon is present in every breathtaking black and white shot of Beatty’s breakout fetish film. The willing submissive (Maria Beatty), whose haunting wide eyes and full parted lips recall the classic silent screen goddesses Pola Negri and Louise Brooks, gives into the escalation of pleasure and pain as viewers witness up-close the charisma of erotic noir.
Maria Beatty (USA, 2006)
With a gorgeous lingering eye, Beatty leads the viewer through four seasons of dominance and submission. Midori, by turns playful and cruel, captures, overpowers, and binds the butterfly, Mayan, whose struggles avail her nothing in the presence of Midori’s rope-welding expertise. Immobilized, Mayan inevitably succumbs to her own desires – only to be set free once she has been fully satisfied. Bondage lovers who are already fans of Midori’s ingenious talents will be captivated and thrilled, and those who’ve wondered why others find bondage so appealing will learn the answer in these lush and exotic scenes. (Warning: non-consensual bondage)
**No one under 18 admitted*