>Catching up on old news… October dates

>Scheduled for October 17-22, 2006, the fourth annual CineKink NYC will feature a carefully-curated program of films and videos that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality. In addition to screenings, plans for the festival also include a short film competition, audience choice awards, presentations, parties and a gala kick-off fundraiser, to be followed by a national showcase tour.

Billing itself as “the really alternative film festival,” the event is presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of kink-positive depictions in film and television. With offerings drawn from both Hollywood and abroad, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to hot porn and everything in between.

“Our call for entries is running strong and we’re looking forward to another banner round of selections to present at the festival,” said Lisa Vandever, Co-Founder and Director of CineKink. “It’s always invigorating to see the commitment and talent that our filmmakers bring to their works and we’re delighted at the quality and range we’re able to pass along to our audiences.”

Last year’s festival saw Audience Choice Award honors given to ‘Going Under’ (Eric Werthman) for Best Narrative Feature and to ‘Pornology New York’ (Michele Capozzi) for Best Documentary Feature. An Honorable Mention also went to the documentary ‘Original Pride: The Satyrs Motorcycle Club’ (Scott Bloom).

In the shorts competition, juried festival awards went to ‘Moustache’ (Vicki Sugars) for Best Narrative Short, ‘Pup’ (Antonia Kao) for Best Documentary Short, and, tied for the Best Experimental Short award, ‘Harigata: The Alien Dildo That Turned Women Into Sex-Hungry Lesbos’ (Szu Burgess) and ‘Meat’ (Joe Gallant). Honorable Best Mention awards went to ‘Open’ (Teale Failla) and to ‘Sullivan’s Last Call’ (Francesca Rizzo).

The CineKink Tribute, recognizing extraordinary depiction of kink in mainstream film and television, was given to the film ‘Kinsey’ (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Bill Condon, 2004, USA) for “its intimate and moving portrayal of the pioneering sexologist Dr. Alfred Kinsey and the profound impact his research has had on the ways we think about sex.”

Honorable mentions for the CineKink Tribute went to the television series ‘Desperate Housewives’ (ABC) and ‘Dr. 90210’ (E!), and to the movie ‘Wedding Crashers’ (New Line Cinema).

The CineKink program line-up for 2006 will be announced in September.

Further information is available at www.cinekink.com.


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