The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society has only existed for 6 months and already, thanks to the support of film fans and our dedicated volunteers, we’ve hosted six screenings and have received numerous film submissions for our September film festival, SECS Fest. So tonight, in the first days of 2017, I am feeling immense gratitude to those who donated their time and money to turn the idea of creating a space to seriously appreciate and discuss the most controversial and demonized of genres, the porno flick.
For January, we have selected a film from porn auteur, Anthony Spinelli (Sex World). This time around, Spinelli pays homage to the Bogart/Bacall noir films of the 1940s complete with dangerous femme fatales and a hardboiled detective with a dead dame in his office. Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star is the rare X-rated film that boasts big budgets, fantastic period costuming, and even some damn fine acting. As always, we are showing the hardcore cut of the film, although Spinelli released a soft version, It’s Called Murder, Baby.
So please join us for Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star at 9pm on Saturday, January 21 at the Grand Illusion Cinema. Tickets are $9 (cash only) and go on sale approximately 30 minutes prior to the show.
We are still accepting submission for our first International, erotic film festival, SECS Fest. The next submission deadline is January 27, so get your film finished before fees increase.
It was fantastic meeting so many fans of erotic film at tonight’s TWIST screening of The Long Haul Live with the Buckaroos. Tonight was the first time that I’ve spoken about pornography from a stage overlooking hundreds of folks.
T-Bone Tucker Long Haul Trucker stopped by our table.
Support erotic film. Erotic cinema is revolutionary cinema.
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.”
October is a busy month for the Society.
TWIST: the Seattle Queer Film Festival opens tonight, October 13, and we have been invited to co-present a film. On Tuesday, October 18 9:30pm, we will be at the Egyptian with some Buckaroos introducing The Long Haul Live. So come say hi at the Seattle Erotic Cinema table before the movie which will be all about the founding of Seattle’s male revue troupe, The Buckaroos.
You can buy advanced tickets for The Long Haul Live via Stranger Tickets.
The following Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm is Thundercrack! at the historic Grand Illusion Cinema. And we have a special guest. Greg Youmans specializes in queer cinema of the 1970s and is an assistant professor of Film Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham and will be in Seattle to introduce the film and may even stick around of a Q&A after the 160 min film.
Thundercrack is definitely not for all tastes, think Tennessee Williams meets John Waters with hardcore sex. It is a dark and stormy night that brings a group of travelers to the creaky old estate of Mrs. Gert Hammonds. When not engaged in a sexual free for all, bizarre and often hilarious tales of gothic horror are spun as each character reveals their backstories. Just be warned that this queer adult horror comedy is known for record numbers of walkouts so while ridiculous, it’s not for the easily offended.
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.