Thanks to all who attend our movie nights. Tuesday March 28 was truly a special evening for those curious about the long history of sexuality in movies. SECS partnered with Spencer Sundell of the Sprocket Society and Lisa Petrucci of Something Weird to explore some early examples of erotic film.
And the audience did get an authentic film experience. As the majority of the program was films from the 1920s and film is an ephemeral medium, there were technical difficulties as one of the films had become too degraded to project. But such is life when working with old 16mm films, but we did get a glimpse of Uncle Si and his magical television before the film failed.
We also viewed a great example of a stag film, i.e. the short, usually silent pornographic films produced illegally and exhibited in private settings to all male audiences. We also had a very early animated film, but most of the early erotic films were non-explicit and were produced by Cine-Art Productions. Likely under the guise of being “art films”, these films were likely sold on 16mm to the home market, which began to emerge in the late 1920s. Although, it is also possible that they were played in coin operated peep show booths.
We also were able to show some later animated films from the 1970s and even a Walt Disney sex-education film.
Thanks again to all that attended. We will do this again in a month.
Next Tuesday (7 pm March 28), SECS is teaming up with The Sprocket Society to present a collection of rare nudie films. Included are comedic films from the 1920s featuring flappers that can’t seem to keep their clothes on. There are also films of scantily clad young women performing ethnic dances, some very x-rated cartoons, and we’ve even found a stag film from the 1930s. All of the films are curtesy of The Sprocket Society and Something Weird Video and all are presented in 16mm.
Don’t miss this unusual event. Due in part to the ephemeral nature of the medium of motion pictures and the lack of archives devoted to the preservation of adult cinema, the films included in our 16MM SMUT SHOW are likely to never be shown again. So you won’t want to miss out on the adventures of Eveready Harton or Uncle Si’s mysterious TV programs.
It should be noted that these films are examples of erotica from another era. These films are heteronormative and not at all politically correct. There are examples of sexism, racism, and even animated beastiality. The films will be preceded by a short talk to give some historical background.
In other SECS news, Friday is the last day to submit a film for our September Erotic Film Festival, SECS FEST.
And you can donate to the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society. Any donation will go towards our fall erotic film festival that we need you help to make a success. SECS is a nonprofit, 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made on the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture’s SquareUp page, just look for SECS.
While the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society is busy trying to put the finishing touches on the April 28th event, I wanted to take a moment to support our parent organization, the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture.
About 6 months ago, they moved out of their original location and had to search for a new space. As Seattle is in the middle of a building boom, it wasn’t easy to find a building to lease, but they have, but must renovate the building before they can officially move in. And as a result are in need of funding in order to move forward and bring their offices and the library for sex-positive culture out of storage at to it’s new home.
Please consider supporting their newly launched crowd funding campaign as the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society wouldn’t exist without their continued support.
And while the entire program for our next screening at the Grand Illusion Cinema hasn’t been finalized, I can tell you that it will include a selection of rare nudie films from the prohibition era. Not only will there be short films of disrobed flappers, but a selection of animated dirty movies from different eras.
So keep you eyes peeled for the final details on our March 28th event, in collaboration with the Sprocket Society.