A range of CineKink awards were announced at the festival’s closing gala celebration:
A special festival prize recognizing artistic innovation.
Honoring outstanding depictions of kink in mainstream film and television.
Put on your shiny finery and come help us kick off the fifth annual CineKink NYC in proper style!
A pansexual celebration of epic proportions, in addition to music, performances, free cocktails and a kinky fundraising auction, our opening night gala will feature screenings of this special trio of cinematic wonders:
Directed by Richard Kimmel, 2007, USA, 39 minutes.
A rich, modern tapestry combining elements of Druidic ritual with the passionate, leather-clad goings-on that transpire at NYC’s annual Black Party, the movie follows the travails of the Black Prince as he is pursued through the woods and kidnapped by the nefarious underlings of the conniving Black Queen. Starring Buck Angel, the world famous female-to-male transsexual porn star, along with a cast of literal thousands, this is a sumptuous visual feast.
And, featuring a continuous mix of music, truly the movie you can dance to! (Or not – remember, “whatever you’re into!”)
Directed by Leah Meyerhoff, 2007, USA, 4 minutes.
The best of New York burlesque in a gender-bending, fire-breathing, tassel-twirling, post-punk rock ‘n roll prom!
Directed by Steven Speliotis, 2007, USA, 16 minutes.
Sensuous and layered, a black-and-white reverie on control and submission, longing and desire.
Taj, 48 W. 21st Street, NYC
Normally we hold off until the end of the festival to announce the recipient of our annual CineKink Tribute, an award that recognizes “the extraordinary depiction of kink in mainstream film and television.” But this go-round the first choice was so obvious, we figured we might as well jump in right away with the accolades!
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell, 2006, USA, 106 minutes.
With humor, compassion and a frank approach, Shortbus explores the lives of several characters as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between sex and love. A sex therapist who has never had an orgasm, a dominatrix who is unable to connect, a gay couple who are deciding whether to open up their relationship, and the people who weave in and out of their lives, all converge on a weekly gathering at an underground salon – a joyful nexus of art, music, politics and polysexual carnality.
Starting first with a fresh look at a cinematic classic from adult auteur Radley Metzger, this sampling of recent offerings from NYC-based directors working in adult entertainment today includes clips from Audacia Ray, Candida Royalle, Venus Hottentot, Tony DiMarco/Michael Lucas and Porno Jim.
Directed/compiled by Michelle Johnson (aka DJ Triple X), 2007, USA, 48 minutes.
An international feast of lezsploitation from the 1960s and ’70s in all of its notoriously twisted glory. Accented by music reflecting the era and featuring a wacked-out scientific commentary, a compilation of selections from over twenty films brings together and re-appropriates Swedish wildcats, Italian lesbionic nuns, frisky inmates in South American prisons, Euro vampires – and a vast assortment of other Sapphic grindhouse frolics.
Directed by Anna Biller, 2006, USA, 120 minutes.
The sordid tale of a bored housewife who gets swept up in the sexual revolution, Viva is a highly stylized film that draws on classic exploitation cinema for its look, characters and story-line. Saturated to the hilt with vibrant color and exquisitely detailed in its depiction of the period and the genre, it follows the adventures of Barbi who, abandoned by her perfect Ken-doll husband, is dragged out on the town and into trouble by her “women’s lib”-spouting girlfriend. An innocent in a sea of wolves, Barbi becomes “Viva” and quickly learns a lot more than she ever thought she wanted to know about the wild 1970s – nudists, swingers, hippies, orgies and lesbians – oh, my!
Directed by Scott Bloom, 2007, USA, 100 minutes. Profiling the life and times of one of the gay community’s most visible and tenacious advocates for change, Rev. Troy Perry, this is a truly inspirational story about a remarkable individual whose activism was decades ahead of its time. Perhaps best known as the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church – the first church to recognize the spiritual needs of the gay community – Perry has long been on the front lines in leading the charge for equality and protections for all. And, a proud leatherman, he’s also been an unwavering proponent for the God-given right to embrace and explore our sexuality – just exactly as we are.
Directed by Robin Franzi, 2007, USA, 54 minutes. A first-person account of a woman reclaiming her sexual freedom after a ten-year period of self-imposed celibacy, Susan For Now follows the filmmaker’s personal quest through the sex-positive community in Seattle and into the world of sadomasochism. A vivid and unflinching exploration, the film also provides insights into the hearts and minds of articulate and sincere individuals from every walk of life, and how they practice BDSM in a consensual and responsible manner.
Directed by Maria Beatty, 2007, USA, 48 minutes.
Hidden away in an abandoned warehouse, a mannequin comes alive to the stroke and kiss of her mistress, ready to passionately serve – and to take – in a variety of kinky ways.
Directed by Shine L. Houston, 2006, USA, 60 minutes.
The lascivious spirit of a certain funk singer – Rick James, anyone? – crashes a girl-girl party, inhabiting the bodies of its participants and creating much erotic mayhem.
Wake up to a colorful collection of naughty bits – some animated, all with lust burning hot in their, um, hearts!
In these women-directed shorts, it’s that old, sweet story – girl meets boy. Or boys. Or girls.
Just with some explicit sex thrown into the mix for very good measure!
Whether they call their work erotica, pornography or adult entertainment, a growing number of female directors have been carving out key positions for themselves in the adult sector of the film production world.
A panel of these directors will discuss their roles within the industry and the individual approach each takes in depicting sexuality on screen. How does each reconcile the creative work they do with a feminist viewpoint? What are the ingredients of a truly hot sex scene? Is spit really an effective form of lubricant? Additional questions from the audience will be encouraged and film clips will be shown!
Two-somes, three-somes, four-somes and more-somes, this round-up of shorts looks at the delights – and some dilemmas – of moving beyond monogamy.
A kinky collection of shorts that probe, prod and play with the dynamics of sexual power and release, control and submission.
Assume the position!
Randy Greif, 2006, USA, 100 minutes.
Against a fairy-tale backdrop of sexual fetishes, a woman attempts to lose herself in the worlds of religion, adolescent fantasy and, finally, masochistic service to one man.
Among her adventures in search of devotion, Catherine is presented first as a novitiate nun subject to the attentions of a twisted priest and a Mother Superior dominatrix, then locked away in the Blackheart Castle, sacrifice at dawn intended to be her fate and, finally, the suburban wife of a successful plastic surgeon (or is he?), undergoing a series of ordeals that will prove her selfless sublimation to his desire.
Annie Sprinkle & Scarlot Harlot, 1999, USA, 69 minutes.
You’ll see the best (and worst) clips from dozens of the 150+ films that Annie Sprinkle made from 1973 onwards. Marvel at rare hippie porn, early fetish films, feminist porn, art porn, couples erotica, transsexual docu-porn, classic XXX and more!
Cross that visit to Home Depot off of your Sunday to-do list and turn your attentions inwards instead, with this selection of excerpts taken from some top-notch educational and how-to offerings.
Maria Beatty, 2006, USA, 50 minutes.
In a journey through four seasons of domination and submission, Midori, by turns playful and cruel, captures and binds the delicate Mayan, whose struggles avail her nothing in the presence of such rope-wielding expertise.
Come out and drink a toast to this year’s fantastic crop of CineKink filmmakers! Features encore screenings of jury-selected best shorts from the festival, along with presentations of the annual CineKink Awards.
China 1, 50 Avenue B (@ 4th), NYC
Your last chance to meet, mix and mingle with your fellow CineKinksters, this time in a relaxed play party setting. Lounge on the sofas, find yourself a private nook or recline across a spanking bench and settle in for one final evening of CineKinky goodness unfolding all around you.
Featured works for the evening include: