For the holiday season, it seemed appropriate to celebrate with a Shaun Costello’s pornographic adaptation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, The Passions of Carol, simply because it is amazing that someone to made an adult Christmas film.
Jeremy Richey calls the film “One of the key works from legendary adult-auteur Shaun Costello, The Passions of Carol (1975) is among the strangest and most effective films of its kind ever made. Shot on 16 mm, for less than 20,000 dollars over a two-week period in late 1975, The Passions of Carol is Costello’s quite startling and extremely entertaining updating of Charles Dicken’s timeless A Christmas Carol, only it is quite unlike any other film version of it ever released” Read the full review.
As always, The Passions of Carol will screen at the Grand Illusion Cinema on Saturday, December 10th, 9pm. Tickets are $9 (cash only).
We will be having a raffle before the show so bring a few extra dollars for an opportunity to win an amazing erotic string art project, or other fine potential holiday gifts.
And SECS FEST submissions are open. Get your films submitted before our December 16, early bird deadline as submission fees will increase.
It was fantastic meeting so many fans of classic adult film at our screening of Radley Metzger’s 1977 classic, Barbara Broadcast. And it was a surprise to find a lovely poster for the event in the Grand Illusion lobby.
For those curious to learn more about the film, the distribpix DVD contains hours of bonus materials including commentary tracks, interviews, slideshows, a booklet of essays, and more. It is a really nice release.
The Rialto Report spent 80 minutes discussing Barbara Broadcast with porn scholar Laura Marks, and actors Peter Andrews (the waiter) and Michael Guant (the business man with a lunchtime appointment).
Watch for the announcement of our December screening of The Passions of Carol (1975).
We had a fantastic time brining Thundercrack to Seattle audiences last week, but tomorrow, we are helping with the final screening at Twist: Seattle’s Queer Film Festival – The Long Haul Live. We will have a table where you can talk to us about the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society and our annual festival, SECS Fest. All while supporting queer film and enjoying a film about local male entertainers.
Tickets for the Long Haul Live, 8 pm November 1 at the Egyptian.
Also happening on November 1st, we will be accepting submissions for SECS Fest. So finish your films and get them ready for our eyes and if you submit before December 16th, submission fees are only $10 for short films and $20 for features.
If you are wondering what kinds of original film projects we are considering:
- Films of any length may be submitted.
- There are no genre restrictions. Films may be documentary, experimental, narrative, animated, etc.
- There are no restrictions based on explicit sexual content, except that depicted sex-acts are between consenting adults (18 years-old or over).
- Beyond that, you should decide what qualifies as an erotic film and share it with us.
Our next screening at the Grand Illusion Cinema is coming soon. Make sure to put Barbara Broadcast, 7pm Monday November 14th on your calendar. You won’t want to miss Barbara Broadcast, “playful, funny and beautifully made film for grownups, a celebration of carnality and earthly delights shot with an artist’s eye for composition and set to an excellent score.”
On Saturday, a trailer truck crashed into the awning of the Egyptian theater. This has resulted in a few changes to the Seattle lesbian and gay film festival as many of the screenings that were to be held at the Egyptian this week are being moved across the street to the Broadway Performance Hall. But the big news is that the Long Haul Live, that was originally scheduled for tonight, has been rescheduled.
We will still be co-presenting the Long Haul Live, but now it will be 8 pm, November 1st at the Egyptian.
The Long Haul Live – tickets
Don’t despair over the delay because we have an even more outrageous event scheduled for next Tuesday – 7pm, October 25th – Curt McDowell and George Kuchar’s dark house comic horror bisexual porn flick, THUNDERCRACK!
Thanks to Jared of Mondo Macabro for co-hosting Private Vices, Public Virtues with me tonight. I’m looking forward to delving into the DVD extras to hopefully shed some light on the film.
Join us in October for another totally different sort of erotic film, the cult-horror-porno, Thundercrack!
And thanks to all who came out to support the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society.
DeAnna Berger – Director of Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society (SECS) has been hard at work designing logos and learning the basics of wordpress so that we can finally launch a basic website.
So now, we can be found on twitter, facebook, and now we have a website.
In our goal to bring world-class erotic cinema to Seattle, we host a monthly film at the Grand Illusion Cinema. Tomorrow night we will be screening Private Vices, Public Virtues and the distributor Mondo Macrabro will be selling merchandise in the lobby before the film. You can read a more complete event description here.
The Stranger has even recommended our event in their Stranger (Than Usual) Things to Do in Seattle This Week column.
In other news, lecturer and film scholar Dr David Church, who some may remember from his excellent introduction of Sex World, has a new book, Disposable Passions: Vintage Pornography and the Material Legacies of Adult Cinema. It is available now through Amazon.