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Sep
8
Fri
Opening Night: Picture of Beauty @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Opening Night: Picture of Beauty @ Grand Illusion Cinema

Opening Night Program: PICTURE OF BEAUTY
Directed by Maxim Ford
Poland (2016)

SHORT

The feature will be preceded by the short film THE DEBUTANT (Portugal, 2016) by Rui Simas.
Follow Magdalena down the rabbit hole, as she explores her sexual awakening in this coming of age tale. (24 min)

FEATURE

U.S. Premiere

Set in Eastern Europe before the First World War during a time of change at a crossroads of nations, PICTURE OF BEAUTY follows the friendship of Stephanie and Julia. Residing in a small village dominated by the church, the girls are caught exploring their sexuality during a swim on a hot summer day. Though both girls have separate dreams of love their paths to discovering their desires and sexuality is not always easy in the male-dominated times that they live in. Both a coming of age story and a film about erotic art created during a time of sexual repression, PICTURE OF BEAUTY tells stories of sexual curiosity and exploration, but also resistance and liberation. Don’t miss this beautifully shot film. (71 min)

*No one under 18 admitted*

 

Matinee Idol @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Sep 8 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Matinee Idol @ Grand Illusion Cinema

Archival Program: MATINEE IDOL (1984)

Directed by Henri Pachard
88 minutes

Co-Presented with VINEGAR SYNDROME

Introduction by David Church, PhD*

Q&A with Raymond Rhea, assistant cinematographer on MATINEE IDOL*

 

Erotic film stars Lance Hardy and Linda Hand (John Leslie and Jesie St. James respectively) have hit the breaking point in both their careers and their off screen relationship. Neither can accept the success of the other, as their egos continually clash on the set of their latest production. So, unable to resolve their differences, they go their separate ways, each hoping to outdo the other with their sexual conquests. What will it take to rekindle their love and reunite them as the screen’s favorite erotic couple? Or can only one of them become a matinee idol?

Directed by Henri Pachard (Babylon Pink), MATINEE IDOL is a glamorously mounted hardcore romantic comedy, which co-stars Colleen Brennan, Kay Parker, Tigr, Angel, and many more of the 1980’s biggest sex stars. Produced and written by (and also featuring) the legendary David F. Friedman (Blood Feast), MATINEE IDOL is a funny, touching, and unbelievably sensual story of making it in Hollywood.

 

*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).

*Raymond Rea is a filmmaker and writer . He worked for over a decade as an actor and director with San Francisco’s Theatre Rhubarb, a company dedicated to staging rarely seen and risk-taking theatre works. His own production company, Density Over Duration, has produced 8 stage works, 11 short films and an experimental narrative feature. His film and video work has screened widely, both nationally and internationally. Ray’s writing has been produced at EXIT Stage Left, EXIT Mainstage, BUILD and the Theatre Rhino in San Francisco and Theatre B in North Dakota. He earned his MFA from San Francisco State University and works as a Professor of Film in the School of Media Arts & Design, MSUM.

 

*No one under 18 admitted*

Sep
9
Sat
Sexperimental Shorts @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sexperimental Shorts @ Grand Illusion Cinema

SEXPERIMENTAL Shorts Program

These short films defy categorization and explore new ways of depicting the erotic, whether by re-editing archival films into surreal, hypnotic landscapes, the incorporation of dance into a kinky, hardcore feast for the senses, or delving into the messy reality of relationships using poetry and montage. These experimental erotic films are certain to amuse, confound, and delight.

Films in this shorts program include:

FOUR PLAY – Blue, Table, Water, Cello

*World Premiere*

Directed by Sarah Kershaw
United Kingdom, 2016

A woman sits alone writing music. As her imagination leads to deeper inspiration, her music and her sexual imagination intertwine. Inspired by the director’s blog followers – a colour, an object, a piece of furniture and a soundtrack are used to explore explicit sexual imagery and expression on film.

CELLULAR ACTIVITY: BEDTIME STORY

Directed by Neil Needleman
USA, 2015

Part of the director’s ongoing Cellular Activity series, BEDTIME STORY uses recycled hardcore footage (mostly from old VHS tapes) that are based on looped “cells” (a group of two or more shots) that evolve and transform into a visual rhythm.

DON’T F*CK WITH ENGLAND

Directed by Rocket Ear
USA, 2017

A love story of words, whips, fries, and chips.

EROS DIARY

Directed by Morrison Gong
USA, 2016

This explicit film investigates the ecstasy, intimacy, and ambivalent emotions of sex and how it does and doesn’t connect two people from different ethnic backgrounds.

SONATA

Directed by David Bloom
Germany, 2015

This second film in the Sex & Space Trilogy explores the intersection of pornography and choreography. A study of the body’s inside and outside, it features movement initiated from the digestive system, artsy costumes, and fruit.

IMPERIAL TRANZ-AM

*U.S. Premiere*

Directed by Aron Kantor
USA, 2016

A mechanic. A classic muscle car. A bored housewife. A bizarre love triangle.

EROTIC MANDALAS

Directed by Almir Correia
Brazil, 2016

Images from porn movies transformed into hypnotic erotic mandalas.

THE CHARACTER INSIDE ME

*North American Premiere*

Directed by Andreas Boschmann
Germany, 2015

Markus is the city’s most popular public pisser. Online he seems unrestrained and shameless. Yet behind the digital facade we meet a self-conscious and shy man.

 

*No one under 18 admitted*

Future Sex @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Future Sex @ Grand Illusion Cinema

FUTURE SEX Shorts Program (80 minutes)

Welcome to a dystopic future where communities receive neurological implants to explore pleasure; or a dominatrix may be ordered and arrive in a box on the doorstep; or even a future where viagra is replaced by a boner lending service. In the Future Sex short film program, experience a diverse range of science-fiction future visions, only with much more sex than typical for the genre.

Films in this shorts program include:

CAKE
Directed by Anne Hu
USA, 2016
Eliza, eager to explore her sexuality, surprises her husband by ordering a female sex robot.

PSYCHOTROPICAL
Directed by Liz Tabish
USA, 2016
Charlie and her lover Nate indulge in an off-the-market psychotropic drug given to her by her boyfriend while he is away on a business trip.

NURSE ME
*North American Premiere*
Directed by Kezia Barnett
New Zealand, 2016
Emerging from the sea’s dark folds, three lone figures are reborn into a post-apocalyptic world. The nurses – bearers of solace, fetish and sexual power – have been drawn back to the center, the vortex, to where it all began.

BONER LOANER
*World Premiere*
Directed by Lisa Fortino
USA, 2016
In a futuristic society, a man suffering from temporary erectile dysfunction receives a mail-order android-sex-surrogate to take his place between the sheets.

NEUROSEX3
Directed by Eric Llaveria
Germany, 2017
Neurosex3 is a queer and transfeminist sci-fi vision. It shows the neuroanarcoqueer community and their use of brain implants as means for pleasure and explorations of sexuality, as well as the state laboratories running medical experiments. It reflects on tensions of queer bodies with experiments, technologies and the laboratory as a place of violence, desire, creativity and power.

*No one under 18 admitted*

Nightdreams @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Sep 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Nightdreams @ Grand Illusion Cinema

Archival Series
Nightdreams (1981)
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*

Sep
10
Sun
The Training of Poe @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Sep 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:15 pm
The Training of Poe @ Grand Illusion Cinema

THE TRAINING OF POE
Directed by Bella Vendetta
U.S.A. (2017)
123 minutes

WORLD PREMIERE

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*

Exotic @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Sep 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Exotic @ Grand Illusion Cinema

EXOTIC

Directed by Amy Oden

U.S.A. (2016)

63 minutes

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 @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Sep 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
"It's Complicated" Shorts @ Grand Illusion Cinema

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
USA, 2016
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
USA, 2016
“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
Japan, 2017
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’

FOLSOM STREET
Directed by Aron Kantor
USA, 2015
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
*U.S. Premiere*
Directed by Alexandre Perrier
France, 2016
A musical ode to pony play.

JULES
Directed by Ingrid Lanzenberg
France, 2016
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.

SEE ME
Directed by Ms. Naughty
Australia, 2016
A powerful statement about disability, sexuality and visual depictions of female eroticism.

OH BOY: EPISODE 3, JAMES
Directed by Damien Moreau
USA, 2015
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: Feminist & Submissive @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Closing Night Program: Feminist & Submissive @ Grand Illusion Cinema

Closing Night Program
FEMINIST SUBMISSIVE
Directed by Erika Lust
(Spain, 2017)
*U.S. Premiere*

SHORT
Feature film will be preceded by the short film SHAPESHIFTERS by David Bloom.
*U.S. Premiere*

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)

FEATURE
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*

Oct
30
Mon
Otto; Or, Up with Dead People @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Oct 30 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Otto; Or, Up with Dead People @ Grand Illusion Cinema

OTTO; OR, UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE
Written and Directed by Bruce LaBruce
Germany/Canada, 2008
94 minutes

“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**